As well as being a church and a cafe, Kahaila is also a charity.
We want to take an active role in addressing issues that affect us locally, nationally and beyond. Over the years, we have helped to establish four different charitable projects shown below.
We are always interested to hear of new projects to support and work with, so please do let us know of any that interest you.
Essence are based in a women’s prison delivering non-formal education through accredited and innovative Life Skills courses, outreach, mentoring, and pastoral support to women in prison and as they resettle back into the community upon their release. Through our work we aim to empower women to break free from the destructive cycles they are caught in – equipping them with new skills, aspirations and hope for the future. We hope to aid successful resettlement and reduce re-offending.
Facebook: Kahaila Essence
Ella’s works with women exiting situations of trafficking and exploitation in residential and outreach capacities. Ella’s is a safe house providing a welcoming and supportive place of recovery for women. Ella’s offers an appropriate time frame and holistic plan for recovery and supports them back into life, community and freedom. Ella’s also offers comprehensive support and advocate for women in accessing healthcare, immigration support, social services, pastoral and spiritual care, counselling, life skills development, English language teaching and employability training.
Our vision is to see women provided with opportunities to leave their vulnerable situations and be released into a positive future. We are a social enterprise offering opportunities for women from vulnerable backgrounds to build a future for themselves. We use baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability. We offer courses, work experience and paid employment within our bakery. By investing in and releasing them to realise their dreams, through training, employment and community, we aim to break the generational cycles of abuse, prostitution, criminal activity and poverty.
Facebook: Luminary Bakery
Kahaila Brew is an 8 week course designed for those who have experienced homelessness. Covering barista skills, customer service, CV writing and job interview techniques, the aim is to equip people with the skills needed for the speciality coffee industry to assist them getting a job, thereby ending the cycle of homelessness. The course also includes work experience in our busy East London cafes.
Our projects and the church exist and survive due to the generosity of people. Giving your money, your time or your expertise could make a great difference to the work that we do. If you feel able to give financially, there are two ways you can give; you can click below to set up a monthly donation via Direct Debit or, if you prefer, you can make a donation in person at our Brick Lane Cafe.