Chevano Frans noticed the plight in his community when families’ breadwinners lost their livelihoods due to the lockdown. The 21-year-old Tsiba Business School student started Chev’s Kitchen in April.
Frans, who hails from Kewtown, decided to start the kitchen with the R170 travelling money he would’ve used to travel to varsity. This allowed him to serve buttered bread to the children for the month of April.
Frans told the Daily Voice, “I knew that I had university resources to tap into to help me achieve my aim of helping these children.”
Chevano said that his kitchen would not have been sustainable without the generous support he has received.
He mentioned his lecturer Jeanine Ibbotson and his 15 volunteers as a great support system of the initiative, without whom none of it would’ve been possible.
According to an IOL report, The Oranjezicht Community Action Network has also assisted from May to August to help the kitchen in its aim to keep the community fed.
“The gas money still comes from Oranjezicht Camp, which I am grateful for.”
Ladles of Love sponsored Chev’s Kitchen from July until now. The kitchen has closed, but will reopen next year – and stay open for as long as possible Chevano hopes.
Chev’s Kitchen held an early Christmas party together with 15 volunteers, they fed 300 kids on 5 December. The children were treated to a fun day with a jumping castle, toffee apples, cupcakes, ice lollies, hot dogs, beverages, candy floss, party packs, and gift bags with sanitary packs and toys.
“As a young person living in Kewtown I know what it is like to go to bed hungry, ” said Frans to the Daily Voice.
To donate to Chev’s kitchen please contact 076 894 1499.