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The poor helping the poor on rural farms

There is something extra special when the poor help each other. We believe that it is not because they much, but because they know exactly what it feels like to have nothing.

Children and women grow organic vegetables in Auntie Judith’s Food Garden on Middelpos farm to feed themselves and to share with other vulnerable and poor families who live on surrounding farms. This food garden was started by the children in 2018 and is about 0.5ha in size. Children from as young as 4 years to 16 years worked a bit every day after school, during weekends and even during their school holidays to establish the garden by hand. They went home to ask the adults how to do what and also INSPIREd them with their energy.

Soon, the women (mostly their mothers and grandmothers) came to share the experience of growing vegetables with the children.

To contribute positively to help prevent the spread of covid-19 and help keep the vulnerable healthy, the children and women distributed vegetables to vulnerable elderly people on rural farms. They also shared the jam and pickled vegetables with them.

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Food for children, women, elderly people on farms

Thank you to everyone who has so far made a donation to help us hand out 167 food parcels to help just over 1000 vulnerable children, women, elderly and disabled people on Middelpos and surrounding farms have food during this difficult time of dealing with coronavirus. This could not be possible without the generous funding that we received from Kinderfonds MAMAS, the Archdiocese of Cape Town and individual donors. Please know that we are so grateful. The sigh of relief from so many elderly people, the happiness in the eyes of the women and the little dance moves that the children made when they saw the food, give us courage that in this small way, people on farms who are so often forgotten, remain faceless and voiceless can keep their hope alive.

The struggle is far from over and we have to continue to work extra hard to raise more money so that the families do not go hungry. Our target is to reach 1459 people and we still have about 100 food parcels. You can help, but helping us to share this food appeal within your own networks please.

The link for making a donation is htts://www.givengain.com/cc/food-for-rural-farm-children/

Thank you so much.

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Rural farm children improve literacy and numeracy during lockdown

Every school in South Africa is closed. The government has made an amazing effort to make learning material available to children on television and other online platforms. Unfortunately, these platforms do not reach some of the remote rural farm children on Middelpos and surrounding farms. Our youth workers are working hard to access learning material, make hundreds of photocopies and explain the work to the children on Middelpos farm.

After the rain of yesterday, the houses are cold, wet, damp and very dark. Many of the homes have one room in which the children and their parents, sometimes more than one family, sleep and eat. Despite these challenges, the children wait eagerly every morning for their day’s school in a room that they call home.

The activities are structured to help improve the basic numeray and literacy skills of the children. It also helps them to develop conflict resolution skills, increase concentration, improve their pen grip to improve their writing skills and to stay motivated to continue school at home.

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