The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) has fed 960 children at Morgenson Primary School as part of its annual Operation Winter Warmth Campaign, which has been running for more than 40 years.
The campaign,oneofthe organisation’s five national projects, gives to those in need, including 3 000 school children and 1 000 elderly people in poor communities.
On Wednesday September 5, the school received winter packs each containing a beanie, a jacket, gloves and a scarf, party packets, and a cooked meal.
Principal Envor Petersen said the school had asked for donations as many of the children came to school without breakfast.
He said the community had responded well and taken the school’s plight to heart.
“More than 80% of our children are in need of food. The majority of our school don’t have a solid meal to eat on a daily basis.
“There are a lot of unemployed parents, and this donation has really helped, especially with the cold weather,” he said, adding that many of the pupils came from informal settlements and often walked to school.
Mr Petersen said he noticed the difference in pupils once they had been fed.
“Everythingjustgoessmoothly from there. Being hungry really affects their learning. Sometimes the food we give is the only meal they have for the day. We have about 200 to 300 children coming from informal settlements and others from Hanover Park,” he said.
“I would also really like to thank our staff for going the extra mile.They often put their hand in their pocket if they see that a pupil needs something.”
OnesuchstafferisGrade4 teacherAmaalKarriem,who,with family and friends, donated soup to the school last Thursday.
“This is the second time that we have done this, and we have fed more pupils than the first time, in August this year. I always tell my family and friends about how our pupils struggle, and they have opened their hearts. My mom cooked the soup, and my family and friends help to dish up,” she said.