Breadline Africa celebrated their 500th infrastructural kitchen launch at Thornton Road Primary School on Friday 11 October when a new shipping container kitchen was opened. According to principal Mogamat Noor Luddy, the need for the kitchen arose due to growing pupil numbers, but there was also a need for all classrooms to be utilised for teaching purposes. “As one of our classes was used for the feeding scheme, we needed to reclaim this classroom,” Luddy says, explaining the urgency the school faced leading up to the installation. We once had less than 200 learners, now we have 530 learners,” says Luddy. Luddy says the relationship between Breadline and Thornton Road Primary School started with a realisation that a container was what the school required. “It was Container Retail and Sales (CRS) that we approached,” Luddy elaborates, adding: “They put us in touch with Breadline Africa.” The launch was attended by Breadline Africa director, Marion Wagner, UK chairperson Tony Smyth as well as international board members, Pipa Smyth and Mariella Norman.According to Wagner, this is the 500th infrastructural container in resource-poor communities around South Africa installed by Breadline since 1993. “We aspire to improve educational outcomes for children in under-resourced communities by providing an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning,” said Wagner.“Converted shipping containers form the foundation of Breadline Africa’s efforts to provide safe spaces in which children can learn and grow.” According to Wagner, Breadline Africa believes that every child has the capacity to do something phenomenal with his or her life when imaginations are unlocked and when possibilities are opened up. “With the support of our donors, we are proud to be able to open our 500th unit today – I hope that the children of Thornton Road Primary School enjoy many healthy nutritious meals prepared in their new kitchen,” says Wagner. According to Norman, her mother – who has just celebrated her milestone 100 year birthday – was one of the founding members of the organisation.She says Breadline Africa was established to enhance the early development of less privileged children who are born in developing countries. “The idea was to bring first world capital to the third world,” Norman says, explaining how it all started small and grew over the years.