KFC adds your R2-donation to give Lebone Village hope

Lebone Village children performed a dance for the visitors. They are practising for their annual graduation and Christmas party. PHOTOS: SEITHATI SEMENOKANE

The Add Hope initiative, where KFC customers have the option of adding R2 to their meal, visited one of its beneficiaries, the Lebone Village in Bloemfontein. The initiative has had a partnership with Lebone Village for over four years.
Lebone Village houses 40 orphaned children, with the smallest being 14 months old and the oldest 20 years old. The children attend school while living at the village. Lebone also houses day-care children, who go to their homes in the evenings. The village receives a monthly visit from an ambulatory clinic where doctors and dieticians from Pelonomi Hospital check up on the babies. It then provides the mothers with baby formula and food parcels. img_8408The children are able to enjoy various extra-mural activities, including drama and sport. But during the school term the afternoons are dedicated to homework first. Lebone has planted its own vegetable garden and has a few live animals, including chicks and piglets on the smallholding. Lebone Village Administrator, Lulu Ngcobo, says with the vegetables from the garden they can feed the children and the surrounding community. She adds they also sell the veggies to generate a profit, which goes towards the running of the village.
The community of Bloemfontein, especially those members closer to Lebone Village, often volunteer. “Some help us take care of our veggies outside while others help with the kids, cleaning, washing, all those things,” she says.
CSI Trust Manager at KFC, Lindy Hoffmann, says that Lebone Village is one of about 150 organisations in the country they support. They have beneficiaries in all nine provinces and reach over 110 000 children with this initiative. Cashiers from KFC had the opportunity to visit Lebone Village and see where the R2-donations from customers go to. They took a tour around the village to see how the children live and how they sustain themselves. “So when customers ask them where their R2 is going, they can tell them it goes to Lebone Village,” says Hoffmann. img_8405Hoffmann says they are very impressed with the improvements Lebone Village has been able to make and that their partnership has been growing stronger over the years. She says they will continue to support Lebone Village and the good work it does in the community. – Seithati Semenokane