Groups of children waiting with plates, cups or lunch boxes, stepping on each other to get food, will soon be a thing of the past thanks to a Lavender Hill resident who says he is restoring the dignity of local children.
Ralph Bouwers says he is working around the clock to make sure that children in his area don’t have to go through that anymore. His idea is to have homes that cater for a number of children at a time.
“Dignity is lost when you see the hungry faces standing outside, pushing each together. I want every child to be served with dignity. They should enjoy this food and sit nicely and enjoy the meal together.
“These days we don’t see that. People are just getting food and they must go. It’s not right,” he says.
To kick off his idea, Bouwers’s organisation, called the Guardians of the National Treasure, has partnered with the Department of Community Safety to launch the first home where children will be fed.
The satellite home was opened in St Montague Village on Saturday.
His project is a part of this year’s “I love Lavender Hill” campaign to restore love, dignity and peace among community members. “It is time to change Lavender Hill and bring back hope. This initiative will not only eliminate territorial and location constraints but also bond and heal community spirit. Whilst we enlarge our distribution area, revive family values, preserve pride and bring the responsibility back to our homes, we will also be strengthening our community and restoring hope,” says Bouwers.
“We need to have a system so that we know that children are being fed. We know there are a lot of organisations getting funds so they can feed the community but things are not being channelled the right way. They feed when they want what they want. We will put an end to it. We want children to be served with love. We want the people who make the food to make it with love,” he says.