Grade 3 Highbury Preparatory pupil Reece Prinsloo (eight) is on a mission to save the world one jar at a time.
With thousands of people left homeless and distraught following the devastating KZN floods, Reece started the “Jars of Hope” initiative to ensure that the people affected have one less thing to worry about.
This initiative will ensure that children affected can have a nutritious meal at least once a day.
The jars consist of a stock cube, 50 grams of packet soup, half-a-cup of lentils, half-a-cup of soup mix and one cup of rice.
According to Project Hope SA, an organisation that helps children who are less fortunate, Reece donated 16 jars to them which are estimated to provide roughly 160 children with nutritious meals.
The Witness spoke to his mother, Fiona Prinsloo, who told us that when the news of the floods broke, Reece was sad to hear about so many people that had lost everything.
“He and I had seen a post a while back [during the July riots] about ‘Jars of Hope’. A cleaned-out coffee jar that is filled with half-a-cup lentils, half-a-cup rice, half-a-cup soup mix, one packet soup powder, one unwrapped stock cube. This boiled with two-and-a-half litres of water could feed approximately four people.
“He remembered the jars and asked me if we could make up some to donate. After making up two jars he wanted to ask his classmates if they would like to help contribute towards donating some Jars of Hope,” said the mother.
She added that parents always try to encourage children to understand that there are so many less fortunate and how grateful we must be for all we have.
“Reece has reminded us that it also doesn’t matter how young you are and in his own words, ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re eight or 80, you can make these jars and feed so many people’,” she said.
According to his mother, this little hero dreams of becoming a Youtuber, engineer and making lots of money.
“We are so proud of our little man for his caring nature and for being an inspiration to so many,” she said.
Meanwhile, Highbury Preparatory school has said that they are exceptionally proud of Reece for his act of kindness.
“With a simple gesture, he has managed to inspire many people to help those affected during the disastrous floods in KZN. At Highbury, kindness and generosity are part of our ethos, and Reece has embodied these characteristics — we could not be prouder,” said Highbury’s Roxanne Houareau.
Reece challenged his classmates as well as other schools to beat his contribution.
“So far, 16 Jars have been donated with more on the way. Word has spread throughout the Grade 3s and has permeated into the rest of the school. We look forward to seeing more jars being made so we can bless those who have lost so much,” said Houareau.