Buckets and Bags of Love 2020

Buckets and Bags of Love is a non profit organisation in Kwangwanase, KwaZuluNatal, South Africa. This organisation (a group of people from a church) started in 2013 with handing out buckets with food and schoolbags with supplies to the less fortunate in our communitie(s). In the buckets/tubs are basic food and supplies such as; flour, sugar, salt, porridge, rice, seeds (to grow vegetables), toothbrushes, toothpaste, candles, matches and much much more.
We hope to hand out bigger buckets this time, like we did during the lockdown.

 When Buckets and Bags of Love started families needed to provide their children with school supplies. Now schools and the government are providing the children with school supplies, so this year we will only hand out buckets/tubs with food. This will happen just before the holidays, this way the poor families can have something special as well.
The organisation is working very close with the hospital, local clinics and care workers to decide who qualifies for a food parcel. The food parcels are going to people/families who really really need it, families that are really struggling in life.
Mostly grandparents who are taking care of their grandchildren, because their parents died. Or kids taking care of their siblings for the same reason. Some people are really really sick. We make sure the parcels are going to people who really in need.

Buckets have been handed out since 2013;
2013 = 72 buckets
2014 = 150 buckets and 150 schoolbags
2015 = 250 buckets and some schoolbags
2016 = 200 buckets and some schoolbags
2017 = 200+ buckets and 200 schoolbags
2018 = 175 buckets and some schoolbags
2019 = 204 buckets and 150 schoolbags
We held an extra fundraising this year, with this fundraiser we were able to hand out over 400 big food parcels.

We really need help. Life was already very difficult for lots of people in our communitie(s) and the lockdown (over 6 months already) isn’t making it any easier.

We would love to hand out atleast 200 food parcels to families in need.

A food parcel will cost 31 euro / 37 US dollar / 28 pounds / 600 rand. All the money we raise will go towards the parcels, the whole project is done by volunteers.

 We will be delivering buckets on Saturday the 21st of November and Wednesday the 16th of December.

Besides handing out buckets we would like to do something else as well, we would like to help Smangele Ntuli. Smangele Ntuli is a paraplegic with a very sad social history (abusive husband who took a second wife and shunned her, cutting her off even from her children, had to leave her house as a new and very ill paraplegic and build herself a shack). Despite this, Smangele remains a mother to everyone and has taken on two ID-less orphans and their two ID-less children. The sum total of welfare grants means they survive off R325pp/m. And she still manages to put aside R100 a month towards a stokvel, saving towards a fence. R325 is more or less 15 euros.

During the lockdown she received a food parcel, which eases her financial strain and will allow her to put away a little more this month.

When asked what she really wanted, if money wasn’t an issue, her list was:

- A fence so she could ploughing her yard instead of wheeling her chair down to the community garden where she currently grows vegetable.
- A toilet as she cannot use the current one and even the pedestal is broken
- A borehole with a hand pump (solar gets stolen) as the water tap in the community has run dry and the counsellor is doing nothing to ameliorate it
- A few sheets of zinc as her roof leaks and the rain is coming
The borehole would be for the community not just for her family.

Ultimately for our 2020 fundraiser we are looking for money for:

200+ buckets
A fence for Smangele
A (disabled) toilet for Smangele
A few zinc sheets for Smangele
A new borehole with a handpump for the community
This is a total of 200.000 rand / 10.000 euro / 12.400 dollar / 9.500 pounds
Buckets 130.000 rand
Borehole 50.000
Smangele 15.000
That leaves 5000 rand… and that money is for the fact that this is Africa and nothing ever goes as planned. If it is not used in the end it will go towards buckets or other things people need
Thank you!!


  • Kari Imsgard 
    • €93 
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Yvonne Spierenburg 
Zaandam, NL
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