FILLING THE WORLD WITH GOODNESS!
2016 has been an amazing year and we couldn’t have done it without you!
Here's some of our last servings of 2016!
In 2016 TFGB has created employment for
11 YOUNG PEOPLE
and has funded a grand total of:
meals for children in our partner projects.
This month we are featuring TWO amazing people.
A former Feel Good Bakery employee who has now graduated and is learning how to run a Wagyu Beef business in Scotland.
Here’s what Maison had to say:
“Before the bakery I was kind of floating in and out of different things, making money in ways that I shouldn't, with people that I shouldn't, but it was all I knew and the only thing I was good at.
I always used to see Andy in Danebury Avenue when I was younger. He was always at the “Regenerate Juice Bar” trying to get me into the shop, but I was never interested. We were always too busy in our own little worlds. Our minds only open to the edges of Roehampton. It’s only about a year ago now that I saw him again for the first time in years. I’d grown up a bit since I last saw him and even had a daughter so I was ready to listen this time. I wanted to get my life on track; I was just looking for the opportunity or for someone to give me a chance.
The bakery took me to Romania and Kenya. They were both experiences I will never forget; it helped me see the bigger picture and taught me a lot. I used to live for, and base my happiness on money, wealth, possessions; both these trips taught me that life is about way more than that. These people have it harder than anyone I know but they are also happier than anyone I know.
Working at the bakery taught me that there are actually good people out there. I was used to a life where everyone looks out for themselves and the second you trust someone is the second it all goes wrong. Seeing people at the bakery dedicating their lives to helping people that no one else cares about in the local area and in other countries taught me that life can be different depending on who and what you surround yourself with.
I am now working up in Scotland selling the best beef in the world!The Feel Good Bakery team helped me get started and stay focused and now I have actually moved up to Scotland to work Full-Time.”
"More Than Just A Meal” (Kenya Nairobi)
(Children in Nairobi, Kenya)
We also caught up with
Who founded and runs the Tumaini African Foundation in Kenya and helps manage and facilitate the meals for the “More Than Just A Meal program”
How did it all begin?
“It all began during the annual Regenerate visit to Kenya. During this "special" visit. We had prepared a meal for everyone who came to help with the painting and later, play soccer. It was during this time that Andy proposed “we could be doing this event weekly”. We began by feeding around 80 children. Today, we feed at least 400 children every Saturday.
I am tasked with planning, and ensuring that everything is available. This is done in collaboration with the leader in charge. As well as this I am also the contact between ‘Tumaini African Foundation’ and The Feel Good Bakery.”
(Young Kenyan girl enjoying a mreal)
Anotny, can you tell us about the preparation that goes into the feeding program?
“The preparation starts on Thursday. It begins with picking the Green Grams (Mug Beans) from the market in the evening. We spend 2-3 hours on Friday preparing the Green Grams removing all the bad ones the children can’t eat.
On Saturday morning around 7:00AM we collect firewood, this is followed by fetching water. The cooking begins around 8:30am (boiling the Green Grams). While this happens, two people will head to the market to buy fresh vegetables and other ingredients for the meals.
Around noon, children start arriving - and at 1:30PM and start sitting down, ready to be served the food.”
(The children in Kenya arriving to be fed)
How do you feel “More Than Just A Meal” impacts the children you feed? – What makes it more that just a meal?
Through the program the children learn the importance of sharing and because we involved them in serving process too they cultivate an understanding of teamwork, communication and leadership. Their self-esteem is developed through the relationship that we have established with children. This relationship promotes confidence and through the program we have identified children at risk and have managed to intervene the best way possible.
The Feel Good Bakery wants to help even more young people set themselves on the right path whilst empowering them to move on to greater things whilst increasing our support to our partner charities in Romania and Kenya through your sandwich orders.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and hope you’ll stick with us into the New Year and help us feed and develop even more
here in London and in other countries.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to your next order!