Isabelo was born in 2009, because no child can learn on an empty stomach.
Every morning I would drive to my restaurant The Tasting Room (Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek, South-Africa) and turn left at the bottom of the road. Within a kilometer I would be in my beautiful kitchen, working with the best produce. If I turned right at the bottom of my road and traveled 1 kilometer I would get to the middle of the township, surrounded by poverty and hunger with children who go to school every day on empty stomachs. The difference is too vast; I had to do something to start making a difference.
R15.20 / € 0,95 = 1 Breakfast & 1 Lunch for 1 Child
Isabelo through the years
August 2009 : Started with nutritious muffins for 70 children at 1 creche every Friday.
September 2009: Added a Tuesday lunch; Chicken drum sticks, bananas and fruit.
February 2010: Added a Wednesday lunch; Egg, spinach & cheese frittata, fruit, milk.
March 2010: Feeding the crèche every school day.
January 2011: Started with 2 more creches, Liwalethu and Little dolphins.
January 2012 : Isabelo starts feeding 40 children of the newly opened Kusasa Early Learning Centre.
January 2012: Isabelo starts providing 700 breakfasts in 2 primary schools in Franschhoek (Dalubuhle and Wes-Eind)
April 2017: Margot leaves Le Quartier Francais, adopts Isabelo and takes the charity with her to continue its work.
April 2020: the global Covid-19 pandemic struck. Now not only were school kids going hungry but entire families, as Franschhoek locals (most of them employed within the - usually bustling - tourism sector) suddenly found themselves jobless. Click here to see how Margot, Isabelo and other local NGOs jumped right in to help.
This year Isabelo aims to:
provide 40 600 warm lunches.
provide 296 380 healthy breakfasts.
feed 336 980 nutritious meals to the primary school children in the Franschhoek Valley.
Start supporting one more primary school in Franschhoek
spend an average of R85 000 (€ 5 000) per month on meals.