We know the children have been fed when the lights remain on in the evening. If not, they go to bed earlier to forget about their hunger.
— Rev. Spiwo Xapile, Board of Directors, Arm in Arm in Africa and native of Malungeni

Malungeni, a rural area in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is challenged with limited employment opportunities, inadequate transportation and education. The resulting poverty makes it difficult for people to adequately feed their families.

Since 2000, AIAIA has supported Malungeni families with a quarterly food distribution program enabling the people to spend their resources on education, shelter, electricity and clothing. Each quarter the families are personally visited by Olga Ntombizanele Xapile, a community leader and member of Arm in Arm’s Board of Directors.

Residents determine who among them in most is need in any given distribution and Olga oversees delivery directly to that household.

This is the community’s way of looking after one another, giving to others when they have enough. While everyone in the area is in need, this generous spirit of giving and sharing with members of the community is heart warming.

AIAIA began in 2000 with 15 families receiving food parcels. As of 2018, thanks to the generosity of Arm In Arm In Africa donors, the number of families receiving food parcels has grown to 225 families.


Project Details

Project: Food Distribution to 225 families

Area: Malungeni, South Africa

Assistance: Food and education