Everyone is affected by the current nation wide lockdown, put in place by our government to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Our hearts go out to our poorer neighbours, who are already struggling under the burden of poverty, malnutrition, overcrowding and a lack of resources, including running water.
But, as ACFS, we are particularly concerned about the welfare of our child beneficiaries. Every single one comes from homes where food is scarce … and is about to become even more scarce.
Schools have been closed for over a week already; for many of our children in the townships, this has resulted in the loss of at least one meal they could depend on every day.
To fill the gap, we are putting together weekly food hampers that our beneficiaries will be able to collect from our Nutrition Centres every Friday. This will ensure they at least have essential foodstuffs in the home.
Please help us to help your fellow South Africans who are suffering unimaginable hardship right now. As we cannot accept deliveries at present, we urge you to make donations through our website towards:
Mealie meal • Rice • Tinned beef • Tinned fish • Baked beans • Other proteins/ starches • Cooking oil
We are also appealing for donations towards the cost of distributing these food parcels, to minimise the movement of individuals as far as possible during the lockdown.
Come on South Africa – kindness and thoughtfulness towards one another is the only way to beat this pandemic.
Please click the button below to donate online right now. Thank you!
Reaching out to children and their families in
Nutrition and Health
We enroll malnourished children into our feeding programmes – and use this as an entry point to our programme pathways, which include health education and referrals to partner health institutions.
Early Learning and Stimulation
We provide good quality early childhood education and development programmes aimed at ensuring school readiness.
Care for the Care-giver
We support the child’s family in the home – ensuring food security, encouraging self sufficiency through skills development, and providing psycho-social support and access to services such as grants. The child’s wellbeing is closely monitored.
Skills and Personal Development
We work with youth and adolescents to build resilience, knowledge and life skills to support their entry into the world of work.
When Themba – a four year old from Soweto – first came to our malnutrition and early learning centre, she was like a closed book. No one could get through to her. She sat by herself and barely spoke. She wouldn’t even play with the other kids.
Two years on, she’s a completely different child!
Dimpho* lives in a small RDP house with her parents and seven other children under the age of 17. Her parents struggle to feed all the children and give them their own space.
That’s why Dimpho loves coming to the ACFS Centre after school. She knows that she’ll get a peanut butter sandwich and cup of milk for lunch … and a quiet place to do her homework.
Nkanyezi will never forget the day his mother passed away. He was only 16 – and suddenly found himself the head of the family, responsible for his younger sister Owami, and their little brother Siyanda, who is only seven years old.
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