Donations needed to feed little tummies

2019-10-22 06:00

Christel House South Africa (CHSA), a non-profit school that offers no-fee scholarships and nutritious meals to students from some of Cape Town’s most impoverished communities, urges the public to donate to its “Feed a Future” campaign.

Good nutrition is a fundamental part of CHSA’s educational model, which serves 750 students from Grade R to 12.

Approximately one year ago, the school launched its “Feed a Future” campaign to raise much-needed funding for its feeding programme by involving the public and asking for a donation as little as R20, the cost to feed a child for one day.

The school provides two nutritious meals and snacks daily to its students, who come from 20 disadvantaged communities on the Cape Flats.

Additional daily nourishment is also provided to students who require it, particularly Grade R learners who enter the school for the first time.

In light of World Food Day which was celebrated on Wednesday 16 October, Christel House urges businesses and individuals to continue to support the campaign to help feed its students.

“We identify children who are underweight or show signs of ill health and together with their teacher, we work on a plan to get them into good physical shape. With the help of highly nutritious supplements and regular health checks, we’re able to improve a child’s nutritional and health status, which is our ultimate goal,” says Avril Hermanus, clinical nurse practitioner at Christel House.

A hungry child cannot learn, so food that contains essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and adheres to the World Health Organisation’s recommended daily intake, is crucial at Christel House.

When a child does not have the nourishment they need, they face immediate challenges such as fatigue and loss of concentration, which ultimately affects their academic performance, attendance and ability to take part in extra-mural activities.

In addition to well-balanced meals, the school also provides professional healthcare, which means that a student’s overall cognitive function and physical wellness are seen to – ensuring that students perform at their best.

This is evident at Christel House, which proudly boasts a 100% matric pass rate for the past 10 years, with 96% of its graduates either in tertiary education or gainfully employed.

V To donate to Christel House’s Feed a Future campaign, visit https://sa.christelhouse.org/ or contact Bongiwe Sipunzi on 021 704 9417 or bsipunzi@sa.christelhouse.org.

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