Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 40
Swallow Nest Multipurpose Centre has a simple goal: to feed and thereby ensure the overall wellbeing of Swallow Nest, a rural area in Mpumalanga. Established by Nonhlanhla Nobela in 2018, the organization is the human personification of a swallow going out of her way to feed hatchlings which are not related to her.
The 40 children who line up outside of the centre twice a day, thrice a week – for breakfast before school and lunch after – are not Nonhlanhla’s children, but they might as well be.
Together with her team of three, Nonhlanhla hopes that by providing sustenance to Swallow Nest’s youth, she is enabling them to focus better at school and succeed in ways that a malnourished child isn’t capable of.
Their centre is located on the premises of what used to be an old training centre for the town. After Nonhlanhla had the idea of establishing the project, she spoke to the village elders who graciously provided the premises.
The team receives no funding, and all that they do is a true labour of love. Though the community helps with occasional donations, most of the centre’s expenses are covered by Nonhlanhla herself – not an entirely sustainable circumstance.
Photographer: Peter-Hugh Burrell from Hughsten Photography | Voice Artist: Manjomane Mhlongo | Writer: Ané Breytenbach