As we continue to grapple with Coronavirus in South Africa, three schools in vulnerable Cape communities have received a donation of food boxes. Grade R learners from St Augustine’s RC Primary School in Parow Valley, Vergenoegd Primary School in Voorbrug and Sonwabo Primary School in Gugulethu were the recipients of food relief boxes as well as educational resources.
Education non-profit organisation, Living Through Learning (LTL) facilitated the handover after receiving 500 food relief boxes donated by The Lunchbox Fund. LTL has played a supportive role to 26 schools in the province by providing the tools for literacy and skills development.500 sensory books by Georgie Porgie Busy were donated by the Rolf Stephan Nussbaum Foundation.
An educator at Vergenoegd Primary School, Leander Heyns, said the added resources helped a great deal.”A lot of these children come to school each day not having food to eat, so the only time for some of them is the meal that they eat at school. This will help a lot, especially during this time. Many parents lost their jobs,” said Heyns. Principal Jonathan Goodall said the school receives food for around 400 learners, however, it has to supply more than 700 learners with food a day.
A spokesperson for Sonwabo Primary School said the donation had come at a time when many parents and guardians found themselves overwhelmed by the pandemic.“Most of them have lost their jobs, so to put food on the table at this time during the pandemic is a difficult thing,” he said.