Malnourished kids need help

2017-03-07 06:00

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Having recently seen several cases of serious poverty, the Ocean View Care Centre is launching a new project to help the most vulnerable community members.

Centre co-founder Johann Kikillus is urging Far South residents to donate to a project which will provide non-perishable food and other basics.

“For the first time in six years, I have started noticing more serious cases of poverty. Last week I asked a nurse and nursing students to do a quick checkup of 15 children at the care centre. They reported back that most of the children were malnourished. Almost all were anaemic, had sores on them that were not healing and had chest problems and runny noses that were not clearing up,” he says.

“On further investigation, it became clear that there was simply not enough money at home to provide wholesome food. The children’s bodies were completely run down from the lack of nutrients. Many of them live on ‘50 cent’ chips to alleviate the hunger pains,” he says.

Kikillus says he has also come across elderly people living rough and relying on handouts.

“We have discovered that many people, especially those who live off child grants, simply do not have money to buy food. The number of children that attend primary and high school who do not eat either the night before or before school is also increasing,” he says.

“It is not right that in a valley as wealthy as ours, we have such poverty affecting the lives of small children, the elderly and the chronically ill. They are not in a position to change their circumstances and I have noticed that there is a far greater hopelessness amongst them.

“The project will provide non-perishable food and other basics needed. We will assist the families holistically – assist with all matters needed for a healthy life such as placing in schools, advising on social cases, counselling, trauma debriefing, family strengthening courses and dealing with addiction. The main objective will not only be ensuring that each person living in Ocean View gets nutritional food but that each person’s hope is restored.”

Donations of oats, mealie meal, long-life milk, pasta, sugar, tea, oil, tinned food, potatoes, jam and peanut butter, bread, sanitary towels, roll-on deodorant and soap can be dropped at the care centre.

For more information contact Johann Kikillus on 084 280 2213 or johann@­soteria­ministries.­org.za.

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