Mandela Day - 18 July 2019 - 67 Minutes

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We are proud to assist the humble and compassionate Mickey Linda, founder of Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen in Khayelitsha, in her mission to feed the children and elderly in her community. As a result of her commitment to “Ubuntu”, she is able to provide 100’s of meals on a daily basis to those who are truly in need. An authentic example of the meaning of Ubuntu, the African belief that those who are willing to join hands can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Symbols on Silk adopted this worthy cause some years ago, contributing to providing nutritious ingredients on an ongoing basis to Yiza Ekhaya. Our food parcels help to provide wholesome meals for the local impoverished community. Children and elderly pensioners line up outside Mickey’s shack twice a day to receive a hot meal. We at Symbols on Silk are delighted to have been involved in this initiative. and commend the founder and her band of helpers for their ongoing commitment to the community

Over the past few years my husband, Bernard, and I have visited Yiza Ekhaya and spent time assisting with painting and repairing local buildings, planting vegetable gardens and working on other community projects as part of our 67 minutes of “giving back”. While it would be seen as an act of giving back I can assure you that we came away from our experience with more than we had given. My husband and I were inspired by the beautiful generous spirits of all those we met. Volunteers from around the world, companies donating raw materials to build a hemp kitchen, local ladies providing assistance in the kitchen and young school children, who treated us to an impromptu song and dance recital, while we enjoyed some of Mickey's rustic delicious cuisine. We left with a warm, fuzzy feeling and much gratitude for the luxuries we enjoy back home.  

As Mandela Day approaches, we’d like to suggest the following ways to give back to your community in the spirit of Ubuntu;

  • Feed the hungry in your community. -  In a society which still bears the scars of the past, it is not difficult to see those in need on a daily basis.
  • Spend time with the elderly. - There are many frail and lonely elderly people living in care facilities, who would love a visit and someone to share their stories with. The value of companionship is often higher than we think.  
  • Spend time with young people and teach the youth in your area to play a sport or to plant trees. This is an investment in the future.
  • Get your hands dirty – Help clean up an area in your community or rebuild something that has been damaged. Restoration is good for the soul and often small repairs can make a big difference.

If you require further inspiration or guidance in terms of partnering with a community project for Mandela Day why not contact Yiza Ekhaya (Mickey Linda cell no. +27 63 790 2747) or Souper Troopers ( an initiative that feeds and provides dignity to the homeless. These organisations are always looking for community members to assist in giving back.

Next time you purchase a Symbols on Silk design, remember that your purchase is making a difference to the lives of many in a local community that depends on donations. 

For the month of July we would like to remind you that you too can make a difference. Purchase a YES I Can sterling silver necklace for R200 at a discount of R120. Furthermore, we will donate R67 to Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen and/or Souper Troopers for every necklace sold. We will send your necklace to all main hubs in SA at no extra charge. Email to take advantage of this offer. 

Help us to help others and enjoy a beautiful necklace to remind you to empower yourself and be inspired by a strong message.

Yes I can …..

The next words you say will empower you

We thank you for your ongoing love and support.

Linda Schneider

Symbols on Silk


 Linda and Bernard spending time helping with upliftment projects at Yiza Ekhaya 

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