NPO feeds hungry pupils in schools

2018-09-06 06:01
PHOTO: andile sithole Naseeme Mohamed is part of the KGN Feeding Foundation.

PHOTO: andile sithole Naseeme Mohamed is part of the KGN Feeding Foundation.

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KGN Feeding Foundation feeds more than 100 pupils coming from disadvantaged communities in schools around Phoenix and Verulam areas.

Since the inception of the breakfast feeding programme, three schools have benefitted with pupils from Redcliffe Primary, Parkgate and Ottawa Primary given a meal each morning.

A founding member, Shuaid Mohamed said the organisation conducted research in 2016 and discovered that many children were going to school with an empty stomach.

“We started the programme to feed only the needy children at schools to ensure that they concentrate on their studies. We cater for vulnerable children in the school system. We also lend a helping hand to single parents and grandparents and disabled parents,” Mohamed said.

“We discovered that some of the parents are unable to feed their children in the morning due to the fact that the children leave home early. We understand that some of the parents leave early for work and are unable to prepare breakfast for the children. A child that goes to school hungry is unable to concentrate in the classroom,” Mohamed added.

Mohamed said the organisation’s aim is to assist in alleviating poverty and hunger in the community and to help widows, abused women and the disabled.

“We are humbly appealing for sponsors to come on board and assist in any way. KGN Feeding Foundation embarked on this initiative in an effort to help and bring relief to children in need as breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We want our children to concentrate on school and not be hungry. KGN believes in a footprint to our programme which will have a long term benefit,” Mohamed said.

He said the organisation will embark on other programmes that will empower pupils coming from disadvantaged schools.

The organisation intends to launch sporting programmes such as table tennis, chess and volleyball.

KGN also wants to cement the gap between racial groups in the community by bringing about social cohesion.

“We want to break the barriers of racism in the community. Our goal is to unite the people because we believe that, after 1994, instead of having a united community we always see racial issues popping up in the community. Poverty affects everybody, irrespective of religion and race,” Mohamed added.

Anyone willing to donate can call the organisation at 031 837 4034.

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