Archive for the ‘Isabelo’ Category

Present wrapping for the children of Isabelo

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Spotted! Busy elves in Chef Margot Janse’s office!

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The busy present wrappers had quite a haul to get through for our upcoming annual Isabelo Christmas party!

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Taking place on 3 December, each child in our feeding scheme will receive a present from Santa Claus himself. And, there will be cupcakes, many, many delicious cupcakes. We can’t wait!

What is the Isabelo Feeding Scheme?

We have been able to serve a very nutritious lunch every school day to 120 children across 3 play schools. The meals are prepared by our Le Quartier Francais team, who selflessly donate their time and expertise so that every cent donated is spent on food for the children.

We have also been able to financially support an extra 160 000 meals for the children in two Franschhoek schools through also the Kusasa Breakfast Club. This started with porridge every week day morning and we were able to increase the nutritional value by adding an egg to their porridge 4 days of the week.

We strive to continue and grow this initiative. With continued support, have no doubt that it will change the lives of more children than we ever imagined possible!

Please go here for more information.

Red Balloon Revolution Celebration

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Yesterday the Le Quartier Français family joined the Red Balloon Revolution in celebrating the lives of 1500 children in Franschhoek. Find out more about the initiative here.

After a wonderful day of cupcakes, laughter and presents, we caught up with Margot Janse to ask her about the experience.

“It was really amazing to see to the expression on the children’s faces as they were all made to feel special. That a little attention and a small gift is so appreciated, and goes such a long way; it puts things into perspective for me and makes me realise what it’s all about. The responsibility we have to share and engage ourselves with everything around us is huge. Especially in this country.”

Margot Janse an d her son delivering cupcakes and gifts

Margot Janse and her son delivering cupcakes and gifts

The LQF team laden with gifts

The LQF team laden with gifts

A beautiful rainbow painted the sky

A beautiful rainbow painted the sky

Margot Janse & Red Balloon Revolution

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Margot Janse & Red Balloon Revolution celebrate 1500 lives of underprivileged children in Franschhoek. Celebration Day: 22nd of April 2014, Franschhoek South Africa.

Red Balloon

“Every life is worth celebrating,” says the Red Balloon Revolution.

Through the great work of Dutch-born top chef Margot Janse—The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek is rated as one of the best restaurants in the world—Red Balloon Revolution was introduced to the wonderful work of The Kusasa Project.

The Franschhoek non-profit organisation encourages a brighter future for underprivileged children by facilitating academic, sporting and life skills development. And, with the help of Margot Janse and her foundation Isabelo, the children of Kusasa now receive a healthy meal as well as an egg a day. (The egg had been especially added for its protein content, which is necessary for brain development.)

Red Balloon Revolution and Kusasa want to let 1500 children of three Franschhoek schools know that their lives are worth celebrating.

On 22nd of April every child will receive a Red Balloon gift bag teeming with products to celebrate life. Among the many items, there will also be a journal to inspire the children to have a positive outlook for their future, a wish card with tomato seeds to plant, a toothbrush, soap and so on.

To finance this project, The Red Balloon Revolution has developed a wide range of products: from a children’s clothing line and ceramics to iPad sleeves and key chains.

These high quality products have been handmade in Africa by empowerment projects, which help create employment for women in townships.

On the products, look for a Red Balloon—a symbol for freedom and happiness, which are the two core values of the Red Balloon Revolution.

For more information on the programme and products of Red Balloon Revolution go to www.redballoonrevolution.com or contact
Jitra Janssonius Sinselmeijer Cell:+27 (0) 72 9835231 Email: jitra@redballoonrevolution.com
Sophie Vos Kooistra Cell: +27 (0)72 2836307 Email: sophie@redballoonrevolution.com
Le Quartier Français: Margot Janse Tel: +27 21 876 8441 Email: margot@lqf.co.za

For more information on the programme and products of Red Balloon Revolution go to www.redballoonrevolution.com or contact Jitra Janssonius Sinselmeijer Cell:+27 (0) 72 9835231 Email: jitra@redballoonrevolution.com Sophie Vos Kooistra Cell: +27 (0)72 2836307 Email: sophie@redballoonrevolution.com Le Quartier Français: Margot Janse Tel: +27 21 876 8441 Email: margot@lqf.co.za

Season’s greetings from Isabelo

Friday, December 27th, 2013
Our hearts are warm this festive season, thanks to our sponsors –we’ve been able to show continued support to the Isabelo children.
We have been able to serve a very nutritious lunch every school day to 120 children across 3 play schools. The meals are prepared by our Le Quartier Francais team, who selflessly donate their time and expertise so that every cent donated is spent on food for the children. Recently we also celebrated Christmas with the children and gave them a wonderful party, Santa Claus and gifts included!
We have also been able to financially support an extra 160 000 meals for the children in two Franschhoek schools through also the Kusasa Breakfast Club these past two years. This started with porridge every week day morning last year and we were able to increase the nutritional value by adding an egg to their porridge 4 days of the week.
We strive to continue and grow this initiative. With continued support, have no doubt that it will change the lives of more children than we ever imagined possible.

Our hearts are warm this festive season, thanks to our sponsors –we’ve been able to show continued support to the Isabelo children.

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We have been able to serve a very nutritious lunch every school day to 120 children across 3 play schools. The meals are prepared by our Le Quartier Francais team, who selflessly donate their time and expertise so that every cent donated is spent on food for the children. Recently we also celebrated Christmas with the children and gave them a wonderful party, Santa Claus and gifts included!

We have also been able to financially support an extra 160 000 meals for the children in two Franschhoek schools through also the Kusasa Breakfast Club these past two years. This started with porridge every week day morning last year and we were able to increase the nutritional value by adding an egg to their porridge 4 days of the week.

We strive to continue and grow this initiative. With continued support, have no doubt that it will change the lives of more children than we ever imagined possible.

Thank you and wishing you a happy holiday season, Margot, the Isabelo Children, and the whole Le Quartier Francais family.
Watch the video to find out more about this initiative.

Introducing Isabelo

Friday, March 18th, 2011

A year ago we launched the Mrs. Ndaba Programme and, at the time, we never dreamt it would capture as many hearts and imaginations as it has.

Our desire to give back, support and teach the local community – through this concept – has proved so popular that we now supply healthy meals to over 70 children in three different preschools five days a week.

This initiative has grown to be so much bigger than just the Mrs. Ndaba’s crèche and Friday muffins. To reflect this growth, and the fact that it now supports so many children throughout their school week, we’ve decided to rename this project Isabelo.

Isabelo, which is Xhosa for sharing and caring, is still entirely funded by the generous donations of our guests and other friends of Le Quartier Français. The children’s’ daily meals are all prepared by the Le Quartier Français team, who selflessly donate their time and expertise, so every penny that is donated is spent on the kids.

Mrs. Ndaba Programme Thank You

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The Mrs. Ndaba Friday’s concept has proved so popular that we now supply healthy meals, to over 70 children, in three different preschools five days a week.

This project is entirely funded by the generous donations of our guests, and other friends of Le Quartier Français. The food is all prepared by the Le Quartier Français team so every penny donated is spent on the children.

Liwa Lethu, one of the three local crèches we now support through our Mrs. Ndaba initiative, sent us – and by us we mean some of our guests and other generous donors – this thank you letter. We’d thought we’d share it here so everyone who has been involved can see how much of a difference they’re making.

Instead of Xmas Cards

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Last year instead of sending out Christmas cards and gifts we paid for a local crèche’s first Christmas. This party was funded entirely by the money that we would have spent on your Christmas card and gift.

The party, last year, was such a huge success that we have decided that this Christmas we will once again be giving to those that need it most. This means that we will be throwing Christmas parties for not one but two local crèches.

Mrs. Ndaba and her toddlers and all the children at the Liwa Lethu ECD Centre will enjoy Christmas parties filled with healthy food, laughter, clothes to take home, cupcakes, sweets and an exciting visit from Santa Claus!

Le Quartier Français has been nominated for a Virtuoso Best of the Best Award!

Monday, July 5th, 2010

We have been selected as a Most Socially Responsible, nominee for our Mrs. Ndaba initiative, in the fourth annual Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards.

This is the second Best of the Best Awards we’ve been nominated for. In the inaugural Best of the Best awards, 4 years ago, we were lucky enough to win the Best Culinary Experience Category.

We are very excited and humbled to be included in this year’s Best of the Best Awards Most Socially Responsible category. Our Mrs. Ndaba initiative is a project that has proven to be completely awe-inspiring. It has been amazing to witness, first hand, how many good and generous people there are in world who are all looking for sustainable ways to change the lives of those in need.

Thank you to Mr and Mr Monday, Mr Tuesday, Meneer Wednesday, Mr and Mrs Thursday, Mr and Mrs Friday, Daf (who ran the 2010 Comrades Marathon for Mrs. Ndaba) and everyone else who has made it possible for us to feed 68 toddlers – everyday of the week – for the next year!

The Best of the Best Awards ceremony, takes place on Wednesday the 18th of August at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. During this ceremony all the nominees, in their respective categories, and the 10 overall category winners will be celebrated.

Daf running Comrades for Mrs. Ndaba Friday

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Daf, a friend of mine from Harvard, is running the Comrades Marathon this Sunday. As he runs he’ll be raising funds for Mrs. Ndaba. How Fantastic?

If you’d like to track Daf’s progress, during the 2010 Comrades Marathon, check out our Facebook Fan Page where we’ll be posting regular updates.

Thanks Daf, this is a truly amazing gesture. Good luck from everyone here at Le Quartier Français!

Travel with Purpose

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The Mrs. Ndaba programme has forever changed the way we look at travel.

We are now constantly looking for new experiences that enrich our lives but, at the same time, make a significant difference in the lives of others.

In Buenos Aires we found another great Travel with Purpose Experience. A friend of mine, Milagros, has opened a wonderful restaurant. This restaurant offers diners great local food  and at the same time it helps makes a difference in the lives of countless homeless children.

Milagros is doing something phenomenal, she’s changing lives.