Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R4,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 1 | Amount of People in Need: 300
When you think of changing the world, you don’t necessarily consider the humblest of foods: the dried bean. In 2016, however, Moenier Boyce began doing exactly that: changing the lives of Tafelsig’s residents by cooking them fragrant bean-based stews and curries from his own kitchen.
Not because he didn’t have a full-time job – he didn’t then nor does he now have large expanses of free time – but because there was a need, and because he thought he might as well spend his weekends working towards something worthwhile.
And worthwhile it is. Tafelsig, a sub-section of one of South Africa’s most dangerous suburbs – Mitchell’s Plain – is crime-ridden, poor and hungry.
Moenier has five other volunteers helping him to feed over 300 people a week. The process starts on Saturday evening with a large-scale soaking of beans. On Sunday morning the team is cooking by 8 am and, as the sun rises, so do the number of people in search of a nourishing meal.
The entire operation is carried out from Moenier’s home.
Al ’Munier Feeding Scheme has received no regular funding since its conception, and every bean, legume and grain of rice is paid for by the volunteers themselves. It’s not ideal, but Moenier works tirelessly to apply for donations and other forms of aid.
Photographer: Donovan Hanslo from Hanslo Photography | Voice Artist: Usisipho Ngxubasa | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Community, Hunger Relief