On a regular school day CHILD supplements the starchy government lunches with beans and vegetables. We witnessed the end of the term special lunch at Slangspruit Primary School. The Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes get a cup of milk each school day provided by CHILD. The added protein enhances their ability to learn. It was great to see that they were so eager to drink up to the last drop of milk.
The laughter and joyful playing of the children was so refreshing; even though the playground is way too small for so many children; even though most live in impoverished homes; even though some kids have lost their parents to AIDS; even though many witness violence and abuse frequently, even though many experience hunger regularly. But it seems that on the playground most of the sadness is forgotten, life is fun and time is spent with friends. The dedicated teachers see to it that children are nourished with love and respect, which is not an easy task in a school of 1000 children!
We met the vice principle Mr. Dlamini, who was filled with thankfulness for the milk and food supplements and told us how it is improving the health of the children.
We came away feeling that what Ukulapha is doing to further the education, supplemented by good nutrition from CHILD Foundation, is very worthwhile and making a big difference in the lives of the children and the families. If the children are well nourished, they can concentrate on learning.
In the next post, you will meet the scholars sponsored by CHILD foundation!