Levana Primary feeds hundreds of learners

2017-11-28 06:01
Sally Adams and Sybil Classen in the school kitchen. PHOTO: Ociano Marasha

Sally Adams and Sybil Classen in the school kitchen. PHOTO: Ociano Marasha

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Women from Lavender Hill working in the kitchen at Levana Primary School put their lives on the line every day to make food for the learners.

Sybil Classen and Sally Adams work at the school’s feeding scheme and have to wake up early to be in time to make food for the children.

Though they get a stipend to keep them going, they keep smiling because they know they are making a difference in the lives of the learners.

Classen says she gets to school at 06:00 to prepare porridge, so that they can serve the learners at 07:30. The learners need to be fed before starting class.

Soon after preparing and dishing up the porridge, they start preparing lunch from 10:00.

“We have to wake up early and sometimes walk in the dark so that we come and cook for the learners.

“What keeps us going despite putting our lives in danger is that we are helping learners to concentrate in class. We are helping fill their tummies. We come from very difficult communities and some sleep without eating so they really look forward to that plate of porridge. It really warms our heart knowing that we helped feed the learners,” says Classen.

The school feeds up to 500 learners every day. About 100 learners eat ­porridge.

Classen and Adams have worked at the school for 10 and nine years respectively.

“I have been praying for this job for years. By me being here early in the morning I know I have made a difference.

“What breaks my heart is when some of the children come asking for extra food to take home because they don’t have food for the ­evening.”

The department supplies the food. Classen says it would make her and the learners happy if they could change the menu because it hasn’t been changed in years.

A light snack or similar food would be appreciated by the children, she says.

Adams and Classen wake up every morning to go feed the learners because they love their work and believe a child cannot learn on an empty stomach.

“We do this for the children. We are not complaining at all because we enjoy it.

“We really need help with the windows in the kitchen as they are not working. It gets really hot in the kitchen,” says Classen.

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