Filling up tummies

2018-02-13 06:00
Women helping to fill learners’ tummies.

Women helping to fill learners’ tummies.

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With the motto “empty tummies are angry tummies”, 10 women from Lavender Hill are motivated to wake up early every morning and prepare breakfast for hungry learners.

These women are part of the Wicht Court Association, a non-profit organisation that has been running for about three years. The association was launched in 2015 when gangsterism started to become rife in the area and the residents decided to pull together and see what they could do to help.

Adelle Campbell, chairperson of the association, says they started cleaning up the area and sweeping their street. “Apart from that, when shooting starts, we run to save the children, as some get confused and don’t know where to go, so we have to help.”

After noticing that many children go to school hungry and consequently grumpy, they took it upon themselves to give them something to eat in the morning. Campbell says they work out of their own pockets. “Wicht Court is a thoroughfare for many children going to various schools in our area. Seeing the lack of motivation and lack of energy among the learners and knowing the struggles our people are going through, we knew we had to do something. We pulled together at the court and now we can help our learners. We are using our own money and our own resources to feed the children,” she says.

They have been serving breakfast to the learners since the beginning of this school year. They call themselves the Breakfast Club. “We serve Jungle Oats and maize-meal porridge. It makes such a huge difference for our children. We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so we want to give that to the learners. Our first learner comes at about 06:45 before school so we have to make sure that we are ready to serve them. We couldn’t sit and do nothing and, without a shadow of a doubt, the meal we are giving them will help them focus and concentrate at school,” she says.

Campbell says they know how difficult it is in some homes. “Some parents have to leave in the early hours of the morning to go to work. Older children are forced to look after their siblings and find food. Many times there is really nothing to eat at home. Children have to go out hungry. Our food, although it not as much as we would like, is helping here and there. When we have sandwiches, we give them to the children as well.”

They need donations to keep the Breakfast Club going. “We need more food to help all these children. We also need a container to help us in winter. We feed children outside in the courtyard. When it starts raining it will be difficult to feed them. We would appreciate it if someone could help us with a container,” says Campbell.

V To donate to the Breakfast Club, call 063 396 5243

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