The People for UKAJEDE Foundation has been running since 2004 and is a registered non-profit organization. The project was initially started by The Birchwood Hotel supporting 5 crèches in the local informal settlements in the East Rand. The area has become known as “UKAJEDE” which is an acronym for the 5 areas within the informal settlement – Ulana, Kanana, Angelo, Jerusalem and Delmore. Over the years the project has expanded to support 8 crèches, the main focus being to provide a sustainable feeding program that ensures the children receive a daily cooked meal and a secure environment in which to learn.
The crèches are run independently, each having a principal, teachers and volunteers to support their operations. Through the help of volunteers from the Ukajede community, food is collected from the Birchwood Hotel and delivered on a weekly basis to the schools where teachers and volunteers prepare the food for the children. The project strives to assist the schools in maintaining their facilities where possible, and support them with toys and educational supplies. For the latest news or to get involved, click here.