Shap Shap is a vegan organisation. We run feeding schemes in the KwaNyuswa and Hammarsdale communities, providing these communities with healthy, delicious meals. We also support several Orphanages and Old Age homes operating within these areas with food packs, as well as the Gogo’s who are a part of our Gogo’s Groups.
By eliminating meat and dairy from our feeding schemes and nutrition program, we are able to feed more people, promote a healthy diet, help strengthen the immunity of those who are sick, and of course work towards eliminating the pain and suffering of animals.
We are hoping to grow this facet of our outreach and expand our capacity to fuel these communities with vegan education programs and meals.
COMMUNITY COOKING CLASSES
Shap Shap is planning on running vegan cooking classes for the community which are open to anyone to sign up for. Beneficiaries can attend a week long course or sign up for the weekend course that is run over five Saturdays. Each class has between 14 and 18 community members attending. Many of the dishes are cooked in pairs or groups.
The course is completely free and covers a range of different styles of cooking, many of which are probably new to most of the people attending the cooking course.
The program is designed to show how diverse, healthy and delicious vegan cooking can be, and that despite the cultural suggestion that meat is a necessary part of a traditional Zulu diet, it is completely unnecessary.
Participants learn how to shop for dried staples such as pulses, grains, herbs and spices which can full their pantries for a fraction of the cost that purchasing meat, even only one or twice and meat will allow.
NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM
Our vegan education program is run for the KwaNyuswa community to give people access to information on vegan nutrition. The education program is aimed at helping people understand that going vegan will improve their and their families health and well-being, reduce the money they spend on food, create a more varies and delicious diet, whist also saving the lives of many animals.
Monthly education programs will be run at the Helen Stott clinic twice a month on Monday’s (busy day) where people visiting the clinic who are waiting in the seating area will watch short films in veganism, listen to talks from our facilitators, be provided written brochures giving information about veganism with simple, healthy recipes in isiZulu to approximately 200-300 people on the benefits of veganism.
We will run 2 community health education days from Ubuntu Community Center advocating for people to change to a vegan diet for around 500 participants at each event.
KINDNESS KITCHEN AND UBUNTU COMMUNITY CENTER
The Kindness Kitchen is already operational in the KwaNyuswa, Bothas Hill and Hammarsdale Communities. To create a bigger permanent venue where the formal cooking classes can be held and larger quantities of food can be prepared, Shap Shap requires some help. We are already working with hundreds of people per month, but with your support, we can reach thousands.