Campaign to feed pupils

2019-02-12 06:00
Mvano, Christel House’s “Feed a Future” campaign ambassador.

Mvano, Christel House’s “Feed a Future” campaign ambassador.

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More than three million children in South Africa experience chronic hunger every day.

While nutrition remains a national priority, there are still millions of children who start their school day without a nutritional breakfast and a guarantee of a wholesome meal for the day.

Christel House South Africa, a non-profit school in Cape Town, enrols 750 children from 20 disadvantaged communities on the Cape Flats. As part of its holistic education model, the school provides each child with two nutritious meals and a snack daily. The school has now launched its Feed a Future campaign to raise critical funding needed for its school feeding programme in 2019.

Today more than 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone. Chronic hunger and malnutrition can cause not only various long-term developmental effects like stunting, but it also has a debilitating effect on a child’s ability to concentrate in class, retain information and ultimately build their future. In South Africa, 12% of children live in households where children go hungry and 17% of children under 10 years suffer from stunting. Achieving “zero hunger” by 2030 is one of the 17 sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations.

Established in 2001, Christel House South Africa has a mission to break the cycle of poverty and build self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Only children who come from homes where the average monthly income per household member is R1500 or less are enrolled in the school where they receive a holistic, no-fee education up until Grade 12. Given the severely impoverished homes from which its learners come, the meals received at Christel House are usually the only food these children will receive that day.

Christel House’s ambassador for the Feed a Future campaign is 10-year-old Mvano who shares her journey in the 30-second campaign video. In the video, Mvano describes her journey of understanding where she comes from yet knowing what she aspires to become, and how, with the help of Christel House and the public, she intends on reaching her dreams. Mvano is one of 750 learners currently enrolled at Christel House from Grade R to Grade 12, and who have been given an opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Mvano, who is in Grade 6, has taken on her role as official ambassador for the campaign with excitement and is passionate about helping the school achieve its goal of raising R1m to help feed her fellow learners.

The cost to feed one child is R20 a day, R420 a month and R4350 per year. Since launching the Feed a Future campaign at the end of 2018, Christel House has been privileged to receive support from businesses such as KFC Add Hope, FoodForward SA, the Peninsula School Feeding Association and the Stellenbosch Golf Club. Members of the public and businesses eager to support the campaign can contact Kristen Goezaar on 021 704 9417 or send an email to kgoezaar@sa.christelhouse.org, or donate directly at www.sa.christelhouse.org.

Christel House is also hosting a charity golf day in aid of the Feed a Future campaign on Friday 1 March at the Stellenbosch Golf Club. Tickets are R4400 for a four-ball and there are various sponsorship packages available on the day, including sponsoring a hole and auction prizes.V For more information about the golf day, contact Louanne Mostert on 021 704 9406 or send an email to lmostert@sa.christelhouse.org.

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