Homelessness and poverty is amongst the biggest social issues that the most vulnerable face across the globe. Now picture being a child and living alone or with other children on the streets with no place of safety to call home!!
This is the reality of many children in different parts of the world, particularly in Asia and Africa.
When Covid-19 caused the world to go into lock down, I couldn't help but think of how some people were coping with everyone being in confinement. That is when I had felt a strong conviction to take action instead of just having sympathy from a distance.
Watching an interview of an 11 year old boy in the Democratic Republic of Congo who had been abandoned in a place far away from home by his grandmother at the age of 6, and had been begging daily for food since to survive became a trigger point and driving force to this mission.
We have so much to be grateful for in spite of the global challenges we have faced this year, and I would like us to remember the vulnerable in this season of love and unity.
'Feed a child with me' is a project that looks to provide moments of comfort to these children by offering them a nutritious free meal, company and some encouraging words.
We had great success in July, where a last minute idea of increasing my donation with help from friends and family raised us £400 in 10 hours.
With that we were able to reach out to and converse with street kids via a caterer in Angola, Luanda, and fed well over 70 children across 3 days.
The children's videos of gratitude and the smiles on their faces were so priceless. I then instantly knew that this project was to be repeated whenever possible.
I have used a few of the photos which were taken during the food distribution to show you the impact our efforts have made so far.
I am therefore looking to raise money in order to feed as many children as possible in the first week of January 2021.
We will continue to work with local food services to provide the meals, with aim to support these small businesses simultaneously.
Our current mission will be in Zimbabwe, and if we reach our goal, some donation will be given to feed the street kids in DR Congo too.
We also look to offer the same to kids in South Africa as well in the very near future.
Our long term goal is to continue feeding homeless children, and work with orphanages and boarding schools to get some of these kids off the streets.
In addition, we will be looking to establish training, coaching, mentoring, volunteering and apprenticeship programmes for some of the children, to better their chances of having a stable future. We hope that the success of some of the other kids engaged in our programmes will inspire others and give them hope of a coming off the streets and having a brighter future.
Until funding permits us to do that, a meal can be just enough to save someone's life, care and attention is free- it can be healing, so we're working within our capacity and starting there.
We thank you so much for considering donating to this cause, and we look forward to sharing the children's joy with you all.
- Erica Lucau
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