Children’s villages benefit from Add Hope

2017-12-13 06:01

IN October, World Hunger Month and World Food Day on October 16, R5.83 million was raised for the national feeding scheme, Add Hope.

The R2 donations from customers will go to NGO, SOS Children’s Villages, one of a growing list of 12 national and 125 local beneficiary organisations Add Hope supports countrywide.

Add Hope also reaches five larger national NGOs and 28 local Add Hope beneficiaries across KZN. Annual funding applications (see www.addhope.co.za) are under way and close on December 15.

With hunger and malnutrition posing a major risk to the health and education of children in KwaZulu-Natal, Add Hope channels funds towards feeding children like Thando, who is growing up at SOS Children’s Village in Pietermaritzburg.

Constructed in 1996, the village provides stable and consistent care for orphans and abandoned children, placing them in a supportive village environment with a mother, brothers and sisters and the involvement of the surrounding community. Thando’s journey started when she was taken to SOS Children’s Villages Pietermaritzburg at the age of seven, where she stayed for the duration of her childhood.

She completed primary school and matriculated at Alexandra High School.

During this period meals funded by Add Hope helped her to perform better at school. Thando is reaching new heights as an optimistic and educated young woman who is now pursuing her tertiary education.

“I’m grateful to SOS Children’s Villages and Add Hope, and to everyone who enabled me to reach where I am today and have hope for the future.”

“According to Statistics SA, 55% of people are living in poverty, most of whom are children and African. We need to turn the tide on hunger and the devastating effect it has on children,” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC Africa Corporate Affairs Director and Add Hope champion. “Better nutrition in early childhood can have a lasting impact on physical, cognitive and social development, giving children hope by unlocking their potential.

“We believe good nutrition is the single most important factor in creating a better future for children like Thando. When you add hope, you really give a child so much more than food.”

Mkhwanazi says the numbers tell a powerful story and show how Add Hope has been able to go from feeding 40 000 children in 2009, to over 120 000 today. - Supplied.

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