Will you help feed hungry children this Christmas?
It seems impossible that in this day and age there are children living without food – and proper clothing . . . yet in the rural area called Ezakheni it’s a grim reality.
Buhle, Bantle and Ntoko are three children – and they live in a small house with 19 other people. When we met they were all smiles . . . but one look inside their home and you knew these little ones were in trouble!
Their sickly granny confirmed the worst . . . the children’s last meal was lunch the day before – and when we visited it was almost noon.
Luckily our drop-in centre at the Holy Trinity Parish in the area provides one hot meal every afternoon – which is where they received a plate of maize meal and beans the day before.
And it’s heart-breaking to know that the centre’s battling to cope with the growing number of children that rely on the drop-in centre.
It’s scary to think of Buhle, Bantle and Ntoko – and others like them – should the centre close its doors – even for one day.
It’s devastating that young children have to suffer this way – especially at this time of year when many of us are planning our festivities.
Can you imagine what Christmas will be like for the children of Ezakheni?
If you’ll join us here today – and pledge your online support – we’ll make sure the boys and girls receive a hot meal at our drop-in centre every day – and we’ll see to it that their tummies are full this Christmas too.
And if enough of our friends respond generously enough we’ll also provide stationery and books – so it’s not just the tummies that are fed – but their minds too.
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