Children from low-income communities have little hope of ever changing their future; they are raised in extreme poverty. Parents are typically uneducated and cannot help students learn. Food and money are scarce, and it is not uncommon for children to go days without a meal. Social programs are not available through the government; no welfare, food stamps or free lunch at school. With absent parents and no support, hope is a thing of the past. Many kids accept this fate at a young age and join gangs before they even reach high school.
'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matt 25:25-40
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our hope is that students find meaning and value for their lives, ultimately giving them hope for the future.
Empty stomachs hurt. They break concentration and make the future seem impossible. Providing filling healthy snacks is essential to helping students focus and succeed.
“If you teach a man to fish...” Education gives everyone the tools they need to succeed through out their lives. Lack of education in the poorer communities is a huge problem in South Africa.
To do great work, you need tools. While blood, sweat and tears have built empires, kids still need basic items like: school supplies, hygiene products, books and clothing to help them succeed.
A big part of our vision is helping these kids find HOPE for their futures. Life skills are a big part of making that happen. By learning how to care for themselves, teaching healthy practices and job skills will give them a chance to find hope.