Makes a Difference
South Africa is such an interesting country. While it has some incredible malls, hotels and tourist areas, the very poor still suffer so much in this country. As we heard Asanda's story, a young girl in one of our school feeding programs, our hearts just broke for the hardship she has seen at such a young age.
Asanda lives in a one room house (not one bedroom, one room) with her grandparents, aunt, uncle and four siblings; 9 people in this one room house and none of them are working. Her mother died in 2004 when she was just 2 years old and her father will not acknowledge or support her even though he lives in the area. Asanda actually goes to school with half sisters but none of them know they share the same father.
Asanda's family lives in extreme poverty and their greatest need is food. They may go days without any food and during the week, Asanda only eats at school. They also need clothing. She only has her school uniform to wear; on the special days the children are allowed to wear "civies" or regular clothes, Asanda must still wear her uniform because it is all she has.
Asanda also suffers from illness from malnutrition and conditions at home. She says that the breakfast program has helped her feel healthier. Her attendance to school has improved since the breakfast programs started. She says even if she feels sick, she comes to school and feels better after she eats. She claims it helps her to stay awake in class and learn better. She says she is so happy that the breakfast program has started and it was a big relief that she would at least have breakfast everyday.