A feeding scheme to help children affected by substance abuse is sending out a cry for help.Lavender Hill resident Marlene Satarien started a feeding scheme to help children who are left uncared for because of their parents’ addiction, but she is struggling to make ends meet.Her Abundant Life feeding scheme was established about eight years ago. The aim is to help needy children in Lavender Hill, many of whom are roaming the streets begging for food in what is at times a dangerous area, says Satarien.“These children are both physically at risk and in danger of being sucked into the gang culture that dominates the area. Apart from just giving them something to fill their stomach, the scheme is also attempting to teach the children values and manners. There are also plans for teaching crafts, and making items that can be sold to generate income, but it becomes difficult each day as I get more and more kids who need help,” she says.Satarien operates the feeding scheme from a wendy house in her yard. The scheme feeds about 100 children per meal. “I used to cook twice a week but I can now only cook when I have something to cook. It costs about R10 000 per month to provide meals for all the children who rely on it for regular, healthy nutrition. However, I can only cook when I have food to cook,” she says.The scheme welcomes all children who attend school and are not adequately fed at home. “It really breaks my heart when the children come knocking at my door but I have to turn them away because I don’t have anything for them. “I’m asking for help so that I can help these children. This is not just a plate of food for them but a pointer in the right direction that there is no need to join gangs as there is hope out there. We are also asking for help with clothes, blankets and toys because for these children everything has become a luxury.” V For more information contact Marlene Satarien on 082 799 3579 or email@example.com.