e'Pap Children’s Feeding Project

  • Nourish
  • Empower
  • Educate
e'Pap Childrens feeding project

Welcome to e’Pap Children’s Feeding Project

The project commenced in 2003. Starting with just R1 800, some 60 children, from two pre-primary schools in Knysna, were given a breakfast of a highly nutritious e’Pap porridge each weekday morning. Careful monitoring over six months produced encouraging results. The children’s health and concentration improved. With initial support from the Knysna Methodist Church and Knysna Rotary, the project started to expand.

By 2020 the project has expanded to over 120 centers stretching some 100 kilometers along the Cape Southern Coast. Enthusiastic volunteers and partner NGOs handle distribution and monitoring. Since the Covid19 crisis commenced and schools were closed, we have expanded our feeding to include families. Our active outlets included a range of schools, children’s places-of-care and many soup kitchens. During the last 12 months we have provided some 700,000 meals.

The key goal is to improve the health and hence the prospects of as many children as we can, by providing regular and highly nutritious meals through established community structures. In addition to feeding, we have projects that supply pre-schools with outdoor play equipment, stationery, educational equipment & book boxes. All of these improve the lives of the children. We also provide bursaries to assist pre-school teachers to receive formal training. Approximately 80% of our annual expenditure is used for the purchase of food and a further 14% for other beneficiary benefits.

e'Pap Childrens feeding project

News from our Blog

The young and enthusiastic keeping the e’Pap flowing

While many of us oldies have been very much “locked down” during Covid19, we have been blessed to have been able to welcome some new and energetic younger folk.  These…

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June 2020 – Locked down, but feeding even more than before

On the 27th March, the Covid19 lockdown commenced. All schools closed and our feeding project’s normal way of distribution ceased to function. New ways of reaching those in need had…

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Angela Meister – Plettenberg Bay

I am one of the volunteers who is involved with distributing food donations from the Methodist Church depot in Plettenberg Bay. There I met Tina Hopf, the lady who comes…

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