About us

Project Summary

The project commenced in January 2003. Starting with just R1 800, some 60 children from two preprimary schools in Knysna were given a breakfast of a highly nutritious porridge each weekday morning. Careful monitoring over six months produced encouraging results. The children's health and concentration improved. With initial support from the Knysna Methodist Church and Knysna Rotary, the project started to expand.

Sixteen years later the project has expanded to over 100 centres stretching some 100 kilometers along the Cape Southern Coast.  Enthusiastic volunteers handle distribution and monitoring so that over 5,000 children receive a vitamin-packed breakfast each school-day. Outlets include a range of schools and children's places of care. To date over 5 million meals have been served. In 2019 we plan to distribute approx 800,000 meals

The key goal is to improve the health and hence the prospects of as many children as we can, by providing regular and highly nutritious meals through established community structures. Approx 90% of our annual expnediture is used for the purchase of food. In addition to feeding, we have projects to improve outdoor play areas, provide stationery & educational equipment that will improve the lives of these children. We also provide bursaries to assist pre-school teachers to receive formal training.

Who Makes it Happen?

Over ninety dedicated volunteers from the Garden Route area, lead by an energetic management team form the backbone of the project. The volunteers benefit greatly from their involvement. They learn about other parts of South African society, they get to make abiding friendships with individuals from other groups and they learn the joy of loving their neighbour. School principals and cooks from over eighty schools and places of care take responsibility for preparing and serving the porridge each morning. The cooks are part of the local community and many of them know which children need that little bit extra.

Generous Donors come from South Africa, England, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, the Orkney Islands, the USA and many other countries. We are grateful to the churches, service clubs and individuals who provide the funding that makes this work possible.

 What is e’Pap?

e’Pap is a pre-cooked porridge which is a blend of maize, soya, vitamins and minerals which are in a highly absorbable form. It is :

       • Easy to serve - just mix with water or milk.

       • Packed with vitamins & trace elements.

       • Comes in multiple flavours.

 Registration : We are registered as non profit 066-865-NPO and a Section 18a organisation PBO 930031579. 

Executivet Committee: Shelley Godsell, Peter Godsell,  Lesle Odendaal, Nicky Rutherfoord, Jon Rutherford, Lally Viljoen, 

Funded by our loyal donors:

Many of our donors are generous and loyal individuals living in the Garden Route area. However we receive invaluable support from individuals and associations throughout the world. Here is a sample of the wonderful donors who keep the e'Pap flowing: 

Garden Route Children's Trust (UK), Leisure Isle Festival; Charitable Foundations, Methodist Churches - Knysna & Plettenberg Bay; Rotary clubs in SA, UK and USA, school children from Knysna, USA and UK; ...  and many other individuals and associations around the world.

Contacts: Shelley & Peter Godsell +27 82 423 7521 


e’Pap Children’s Feeding Project 0066-865-NPO