Pupils' award: Stirling Primary donates 700 'jars of hope'

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The "jars of hope" donated by Stirling Primary School in East London. (Supplied)
The "jars of hope" donated by Stirling Primary School in East London. (Supplied)

Stirling Primary School donated and distributed approximately 700 "jars of hope" to needy causes and institutions in and around East London.

Each jar is filled with rice, soup mix, a stock cube and lentils or other legumes. All one needs to do is add this ready-to-cook meal to water and boil. One jar can feed four people. The school's Grade 7 "We Care" group has been at the forefront of this initiative and has worked tirelessly to ensure that all donations are distributed as equally as possible.

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The entire school participated and pupils would drop the ingredients for the jars off at central location from where the "We Care" group would put everything together. Some collected ingredients from family and friends, other families bought products in bulk to donate.

"The idea was for pupils to donate whatever they had at home in their cupboards," says Wesley Renton, a Grade 7 teacher at the school.

"It's so easy to do and just by putting a few cups of rice or whatever you have together, you are able to give people a meal."

The jars were among others donated to the Greensleeves Children's Trust, the King's Children's home in Glen Eden and Helping Those in Need, a non-profit organisation that helps the people in the local community.

The school will keep the project as an ongoing project after seeing the incredible impact it has made in their community.

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