Phumlani Home, which provides more than 250 children from poor families in Winterveldt with warm meals each day, could be closing down because of a lack of financial support.
The feeding scheme was in desperate need of financial help to survive, it said this week.
The scheme supports children from local schools such as Dikgakologo, Mathwareng and Thulangany primary schools.
“If the feeding scheme collapses, these children will be going to bed with empty stomachs on a daily basis,” according to Phumulani Home founder Martha Mahlangu.
Mahlangu said the children it helped were identified through the help of teachers from the various schools.
She blamed the scheme’s imminent collapse on local business people who no longer helped with donations.
“Because their businesses are not doing well they have stopped funding us,” she said.
“Many of the school kids come here after school expecting to get food. Some of this kids are from families headed by children.”
“Some of these kids are orphans; some have both parents who are not working and some are taking care of the siblings because they have no parents and no adult staying with them.”
“Sassa money is not enough to buy food, clothes, municipal pay bills, buy school stationary and on so on for many people,” she said.
“Our feeding scheme is a lifeline rescue to such people because they use to eat here after school. Some will take food to home to their younger siblings who are not at school.”
“We are appealing to business people to help by donating groceries such as maize, fish, vegetables, and bread. That will be enough to ensure that these kids don’t go home on empty stomachs.”
She also thanked those who have helped the home in the past.
“I beg to people of Tshwane, our business community, political parties, churches and every one to help us save our kids before is too late.”
Anyone who is interested in helping to bring the feeding scheme can call Martha Mahlangu at 082-213- 5143.
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