The most compassionate leader South Africa has ever seen, Nelson Rolihlahla, once said “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and Apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” It is time ordinary human beings join public and private sector in actively eradicating the disease of poverty.
Malnutrition is one of the most deplorable side effects of poverty, one that needs to be addressed above all else. One cannot grow, learn or create a fruitful community on an empty stomach. It is something we can all help with, something we need to learn from Madiba – “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice” We all need to join hands in bringing justice to those who need it most.
Be part of the vision, share in the dream and see the fruits of your kindness.
Whilst Ark°SA is preparing for the long-term vision of a multi-purpose community and sport development centre in the Overberg region, our community is in urgent need of the launch of the a scheme, especially with the drastic change in our climate over the last couple of years. In partnership with Red Cross, we have now identified areas of urgent need ie. Crèches’ and aftercare facilities, home-based caring and schools.
The demand for assistance with food has risen over the years by inflation, unemployment and dire poverty. Currently the feeding scheme has had to expand, from assisting one school; to providing at least one meal, per day, to the elderly, school learners and children from various crèches’ and aftercare’s.
With the number’s growing at a steady rate, we anticipate the following numbers in our communities: School learners (Aged from 5-18 Years) (five schools) – 1,618
Crèche and aftercare children (Aged from 2-5 Years) – 91
Family units consisting of four family members – 230 (Total of 920)
Total 2,629 Beneficiaries
We realise that we are unable to reach all the beneficiaries and will need to prioritise these critical areas which we have identified. We require assistance with the funding of stipends for the community volunteers, as well as donations to aid in the running of the scheme.