Plea for help to fill empty bellies

2016-05-31 06:00
Marlene Satarien wants help so that she can fill the empty pots with food to feed children in her community again.  PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Marlene Satarien wants help so that she can fill the empty pots with food to feed children in her community again. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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For the last couple of months Marlene Satarien from Lavender Hill has been having sleepless nights because she can’t feed children in her community like she used to.

Since 2009 she has been feeding over 100 children through her feeding scheme called the Abundant Life Feeding Scheme. However, with the harsh economic conditions, she can’t do that anymore. She relies solely on donations and sponsors, but most of them have pulled out, leaving the kids that she used to help out in the cold.

Satarien believes that despite the hardship that the country is facing, people can still help. She is calling for support so that she can help the kids in her area as she used to.

Adding to her sleepless nights are the children that come knocking daily at her door asking if she has food for them.

“That kills me. It really pains me when I have to turn them away and say I have nothing to give them. I can’t afford to give them something to eat. Our community is struggling a lot. Apart from crime, gangsterism and substance abuse we have to deal with poverty. Kids are left to go the whole day without something to eat. I’m calling on people who can assist so that I can feed the children as I used to.”

The last time that she fed these children was in March. Since then she has been trying to get people to help her with rice, potatoes and meat among other things. As she has been running the feeding scheme before, she has everything ready – a stove, pots and plates – and all she needs is food.

“There are people that can help me change these children’s lives. We don’t want them to end up committing crime or being involved in gangs. I just want to give them a warm meal so that they have hope. Most parents here don’t work. Kids have it even harder and they don’t understand. It really frustrates me that I can’t help these children. Watching them go hungry really breaks my heart. I know if I feed them, the kids will look back one day and be able to help other kids. I’m not doing this for myself but I want to create a better community and better citizens,” she pleads.

“I hope someone will hear my plea for help and come to support me.”

V Anyone who wants to contribute or help in any way so that Satarien can feed hungry children in her community again, can contact her on 082 799 3579.

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