Teacher of the year: Ebrahim Abrahams used money for daughter's car to feed pupils

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Ebrahim Abrahams, a teacher in Cape Town, used money he saved to buy his daughter a car to help feed desolate families during the lockdown. (Supplied)
Ebrahim Abrahams, a teacher in Cape Town, used money he saved to buy his daughter a car to help feed desolate families during the lockdown. (Supplied)

Ebrahim Abrahams was saving to buy a car for his daughter when she completed her PhD when the lockdown began. He and his family were so touched by the plight of less fortunate children in Kewtown, Athlone, that they decided to use some of these funds to feed the hungry.

"I spoke to my family to start a feeding programme and they supported me. They even contributed," says Abrahams.

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The Grade 6 teacher at Kewtown Primary School in Cape Town explained that they are a "family of teachers". His wife and son teach at Strandfontein High and Alexander Sinton High respectively, one daughter is a lecturer at the University of Cape Town and another daughter is a second-year B Ed student at Stellenbosch University.

The food is cooked at home and pre-packed for delivery. It is then distributed by five women who are connected to his school. Abrahams said the feeding programme would not be possible without these women. They started off on the first day of the lockdown with 200 meals, but it quickly grew to 500 meals per day for five days a week.

"My greatest pleasure from this venture was to see the happiness on children's faces whenever I pulled up in the car. They were grateful and would tell me how much they appreciated my gesture. A pensioner sent me the following message: you must not get sick as I do not know what will happen to these children. They are waiting anxiously for you on feeding days," he says.

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Children queue to receive the meal supplied to them by the Abrahams family. (Supplied)

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