Project information

Child Nutrition - WC South Africa

Red Hill is an informal settlement near Cape Town. Most families live in extreme poverty, where only 4% of the population have assess to electricity. Malnutrition is rife and many children are stunted as a result. We tackle this through provision of breakfast and lunch in the preschool's.

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Charity information: The Happy Africa Foundation Limited

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  • Need

    Need

    The low standard of living too often means that families in Red Hill are unable to provide their children with the nutrients required for healthy development. Many children only get one meal a day. This means that many children are forced to endure the awful reality of spending each day in the grip of hunger. It also means that without a balanced diet, children are unable to fend off disease and illness or to reach their full potential developmentally.

    Solution

    Our project supports the schools’ feeding programs by supplementing the funds needed to purchase nutritious foods such as fruit, vegetables, vitamin-infused breakfast porridge and rice for the children.

    As a part of our commitment to child nutrition, meal plans are cooperatively developed using guidance from the Department of Social Services to ensure that the children’s diets meet national standards for healthy child development.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Assist provide two healthy meals a day

    Activities

    » Supplement the food with rice, vegetables, fruit and porridge. Make sure the staff are trained in cooking healthy balanced meals.

    Keep record of what the children are eating day to day.


    Aim 2

    Work with the school in planning meals.

    Activities

    » Provide training on healthy eating.
    » Assist with the planning.

    Keep the planning records and training manuals. Success will also be indicated through the school independently planning well balanced meals.


    Aim 3

    Run education programs for parents on healthy living.

    Activities

    » Run parenting workshops and cooking classes for the parents.

    We will keep a record of attendance to any workshops held and also gather feedback from the workshops.


    Aim 4

    Develop food garden to supplement the meals

    Activities

    » Utilize local volunteer to develop and run food garden

    Annual yield will be a key indicator of success.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will help combat child malnutrition in the area and assist under 7's to reach their full growth potential. This will be demonstrated by tracking of child weight and the monitoring of their growth patterns.

    Risk

    Lack of funding would mean that we would not be able to support the schools, which would leave the children hungry. We are working on getting donations in kind to use to supplement the funds required.

    The remoteness of the project means that is is hard for the school to shop for the food they need and if they run out it can take days to replace. We have assisted in the planning of the ingredients so the school only has to shop once a month and there is someone to assist with that.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive quarterly news letters on the progress of project and the children. Aside from this there will be regular updates on the web page and through social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,350 Food running and implementation of the food: rice, fruit, vegetables for the year
      £300 running costs petrol and electricity for the schools
      £300 garden seedlings, compost
      £400 adminstration telephone costs, internet, monitoring of the project
      £250 workshops resources for parenting workshops
  • Background

    Location

    Red Hill is an informal settlement made up of shacks and other non-permanent structures. The 1 500 residents, who make up a mix of Afrikaans, Xhosa and other African nationalities, do not have access to basic utilities such as water, sewage, electricity and health care. This is partly due to the remote and inaccessible location of Red Hill. For the past 15 years the community has been demarcated for relocation, however it remains uncertain when or if action will be taken.

    Beneficiaries

    The target group for this project is children of preschool age. The majority are aged between six months and six years old, both boys and girls of mostly Afrikaans or Xhosa background. The area that they live in has a 25% unemployment rate and 90% of the population earn less than £102 per month. Due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other factors over 60% of the children do not live with both parents and many live with extended family.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Happy Africa Foundation has been working with Red Hill preschool since it started in 2008. In this time we have developed strong relationships with the schools, local community structures and the parents. We have a deep understanding of the complex issues in the area and have set a strong foundation on place for this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    The Happy Africa Foundation

    We will be responsible for the funding and monitoring of this project.

    African Impact

    African Impact will implement the project on the ground with the assistance of local and international volunteers.