MMEP, one of the projects Thatu has been funding for some years now, continues its good work in the Howick area of KwaZulu Natal. It has continued to work with schools to develop their food gardens and this year has added two more schools to its list!
With high levels of poverty in the area and so many HIV/Aids orphans, knowing how to grow your own food is not just a satisfying thing to do, it’s of real practical help. Good nutrition for a child benefits that child throughout its life.
The schools have a fun time when MMEP comes to visit, with quizzes, nature walks, stories and other activities – it’s not just hard digging!
This year has seen the start of another Thatu supported project – The Superbug Club. This is a group of 10 – 12 children selected by their teachers who meet monthly with a Superbug from MMEP. These children have all experienced trauma of some sort. They do different exciting things at each meeting but at the same time have an opportunity to seek support and help with their problems. The Superbugs will give them guidance and refer them on to other organisations when appropriate. The children sign up to this for one year and the aim is to help the children cope with the difficulties in their lives.
Thatu is proud to have supported MMEP in these ways. The area that MMEP works in is a very rural and impoverished area of South Africa, worlds away from the sophistication of Cape Town or Johannesburg. We know that our funding makes a difference to many young lives.
Thatu raises funds to help improve the health, education, nutrition and life-chances of some of the lowest-income communities in South Africa.