Caring for children

Caring for families

  • We feed an average of 2 000 children in Kayamandi a meal of a peanut butter sandwich, a piece of fresh fruit and a glass of milk daily.
  • The children are from 7 crèches, 3 primary schools, 2 high schools and several after-school programmes.
  • We conduct scientific nutritional surveys on the children biannually to assess levels of malnourishment
    click here for graphs with results.
  • We give special attention and additional food to children with stunting, wasting or who are under weight.
  • We administer deworming tablets to the children annually.
  • We provide health and nutrition education.
  • We run weekly youth workshops to try to reduce teen pregnancies and the spread of HIV Aids in Kayamandi, handing out free contraception and washable sanitary panties.
  • The children respond with songs, prayers and thank you.

In Kayamandi, many people live in informal housing with no running water or electricity.

Our health care workers visit and take detailed case histories of each family on our programme, and these bear testimony to the many families living in dire circumstances. The majority of our families are surviving on a child grant of R380.00 per month or maybe two, for an average family of five people. The food we give is a life-line to enable them to take a step toward breaking the cycle of poverty in which they are trapped.

Our Enterprise Development and food-parcel programme, which runs for six months, is structured towards creating an environment in which unemployed parents are encouraged to begin to imagine a better life for themselves and are assisted into income-generating activities.

Our programme includes:

  • a signed six-month contract outlining commitments from both parties.
  • food gardening, including education on medicinal plants.
  • craft and sewing classes.
  • parenting and life skills support groups.
  • medical knowledge lectures.
  • pregnancy prevention workshops.
  • gym and yoga classes twice weekly.
  • recycling programme including tins from food parcels.
  • home visits by health care workers: detailed family case histories are taken, advice given and follow-up visits afterwards.
  • Assistance for particular individual needs, for example with applications for grants or in crisis situations.

A certificate and reference is given upon successful completion of the programme.

The mothers sing praises, some shed tears, and all express their gratitude when they finish the programme.