Thank you for providing a safe haven for starving children
ACFS feeding centres are a home-away-from-home for hundreds of school children, who know they can call on us after school for a healthy meal, a quiet place to do homework, and a caring adult to talk to.
And we thank each of our donors for joining us in spirit as we serve our famous peanut butter sandwiches and milk to 14 500 school children every day. Without this nutrient-dense meal, many children from povertystricken backgrounds would spiral into malnutrition and misery.
The Motlanthe* siblings from Kliptown are a perfect example of how ACFS donors bring comfort and hope into children’s lives. Eleven-year-old Ratu, her younger sister Ntsebo and their brother Teboho – who we wrote about earlier this year – were left to fend for themselves after their parents passed away in 2015. Their relatives couldn’t take them in so these children would come home to an empty shack, with bare kitchen cupboards and no electricity or sanitation.
We’re currently assisting 10 child-headed families and life is terribly hard for them all. Thankfully, ACFS donors have offered the Motlanthe children a safety net. They come to our Pimville feeding centre after school for lunch, and they’re fortunate to have a caring donor who buys them toiletries and extra food.
We also send them monthly food parcels through an elderly neighbour, but we’re constantly on guard that they’re not taken advantage of.
“The children are so happy at the feeding centre but when they go home, things can turn sour if the granny looking after them withholds their food. They don’t know yet how to fight for themselves so we’re doing what we can to protect their interests,” says Pimville manager, Doreen Boshielo.
Doreen has brought in a government social worker to organise identity documents for the children so that they can be taken to a place of safety.
But until then, they know that every day they’ll get a nutritious meal and a warm hug from Doreen. So thank you, once again, for offering nourishment and hope to children in need.
*The children’s names have been changed to protect their identities.