The place I’m thinking about right now is the Eastern Cape. Whilst there are willing hands at the emergency nutrition programme run by Mfesane’s Port Elizabeth office, we’re hoping that help with the food will come from you.
Food’s crucial to child development. So when we see a child whose eyes reflect bare hunger, and whose body is obviously malnourished, it hurts us. It also frightens us. Lack of food during childhood results in lifelong damage, and will affect all our futures.
You wouldn’t have to look further than the children who line up at our Port Elizabeth project hungry for that one nutritious meal to understand the need.
Watching them eat, you’d know just how hungry they are, and how much one plate of food means. It wouldn’t be exaggerating to call this meal ‘emergency nutrition’.
Five-year-old Likhona’s also one of these children. We found him roaming the streets whilst his siblings were at school, and his mother was out searching for work. When we got him to the local clinic he was diagnosed with TB, and found to be malnourished as well as behind with his immunisations.
Likhona weighed only 10 kg when he joined our nutrition programme. Now, receiving breakfast – in addition to the regular lunchtime meals he gets twice a week – his weight’s gone up to 17 kg and he’s reaching his developmental milestones.
Ntombomzi’s also on our nutrition programme – and now with enough food to help her take her medication she’s in much better health, back at school, and doing well.
With Christmas coming, there may be many people on your gift list. But if you could add a ‘gift of health and life’ by making your donation towards our child nutrition programmes, it would make such a difference – even if it’s only one child.
Please will you click here now to send your ‘gift of health and life’ – because Mfesane’s ability to feed those children most at risk depends totally on generosity like yours.