Food for the body and food for thought

Ya Bana Village showing off their Supernova Food for Thought packs

Written by Benoit Knox

May 28, 2020

A letter of gratitude to our friends who sponsored
Food for Thought packs for families in need.

Food parcel with a Food for Thought pack
A food parcel at Eleos containing a Food for Thought pack of books and magazines.

I love this photo taken by Ina van Leeuwen from Eleos. It shows a parcel containing food as well as a Food for Thought pack that is about to be handed out to a community member in Pretoria West. Hundreds of thousands of food parcels like this are being handed out throughout South Africa by organisations and every-day heroes. They give sustenance to people suffering the brunt of the Covid-19 lockdown.

In two communities tonight there will be food in tummies, as well as food for growing minds.

Thanks to your generosity we made and donated 350 packs of magazines and books which were snugly tucked into food parcels for families with children on the 25th of May 2020. 300 packs went to Ya Bana Village for the Children in Winterveld, North of Pretoria, and another 50 packs went to Eleos in Pretoria West.

“You made a lot of parents and children happy here in Winterveld. It means so much for a child to receive a quality item just for him or for her.”

Naomi Brink, Ya Bana Children’s Village

I feel immensely proud and grateful for the generosity you have shown. It is a very difficult and uncertain time, but many of you opened your hearts to people beyond your lockdown walls. People you don’t know and will never meet!

“Dankie hiervoor. Die kinders was baie opgewonde oor holle bederfies!”

Ina van Leeuwen, Eleos

What’s next

From the first of June, South Africa will go into Lockdown Level 3. This means that over 8 million adults will return to work. Millions of children will be left home and asked to continue social distancing while they wait for schools and crèches to reopen.

While many of us who have the means are attempting homeschooling and have been doing a decent job keeping our children entertained, innumerable children are sitting at home with extremely limited resources. 

Over the next few days, and probably months, I will continue to ask you, our readers and friends to dig deep and help us bring the love for reading to communities around South Africa through the Food for Thought campaign. 

As the owner of a publishing house I feel it is my duty to continue this campaign for as long as I can. For the last 15 years, my team and I have produced magazines and books of exceptional educational value with the hope of slowly building a book reading and book buying culture in Africa. This pandemic and the chaos that it has wrought has damaged an already poor education system and nearly decimated a weak reading culture. What it has shown me is that that the need is far too urgent for me to continue business as usual. 

My team and I have the resources and the energy to keep this up indefinitely. All we are asking you is to sponsor a pack for a family in need for only R90 per pack and help share this message far and wide.

How to sponsor a pack:

Sponsor a pack for only R90.00 (5.00 Euro). Please sponsor as many as you can!

Make a direct deposit to:

BK Publishing
FNB Current Account
Account Number: 62534983920
Branch Code: 250-655
Branch: Menlyn Maine

Please use your name and surname followed by “FFT” as the reference.

Or use one of these payment methods:

Visit our online shop to place your order and pay.
Pay via Snapscan
Use the Snapscan app to pay.
Payment via Yoco
Pay with a card.
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