The Walmart Foundation has donated 100 mobile kitchens under the “94 SCHOOLS PROJECT FOR MADIBA”.
The project which is a partnership between the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, aims to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to children in at least 94 Schools across South Africa through improvements in their school infrastructure.
Over eight million learners are fed daily in South Africa and approximately 15 435 Nutrition Centres need to be developed at schools to support the National Schools Nutritional Programme.
The container kitchens donated by the Walmart Foundation will be installed at schools that currently participate in the schools Nutritional Programme. Although a minimum of 94 schools will benefit Walmart said it aims to deliver at least 100 mobile kitchens.
The Walmart Foundation said in a statement its act reinforces Walmart’s commitment to making a meaningful contribution to South African society and also building constructive partnerships with the South African government.
Don Frieson, Massmart-Walmart’s Chief Integration Officer, said “Walmart has consistently said that our entry into South Africa would deliver benefits that would go beyond consumer benefits. We are delighted to be able to participate in the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s 94+ SCHOOLS PROJECT FOR MADIBA.
Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga said, “through the 94+ SCHOOLS PROJECT FOR MADIBA initiative we wish to give hope and dignity to our children by improving their learning environment.”
Game Stores -owned by Massmart-Walmart- first launched a container kitchen programme in partnership with the Department of Education in early 2008, distributing mobile kitchens to schools listed on the National School Nutrition Programme.
Each kitchen is fitted with a gas burner, a double bowl sink, cupboards, stainless steel counters, shelving, cooking pots, cooking utensils and enough mugs, plates, knives, forks and spoons for every child.