Through our container programme we try our best to meet the really urgent needs for the care, education and nourishment of little children. But we know they need moments of happiness and joy too! Which is why each year Breadline Africa takes underprivileged children to the seaside for a day of magic and relief from grinding poverty and hopelessness.
We’ve been growing more and more concerned about children in the rural areas, whose suffering is so often invisible. This year, thanks to your kindness, we delivered winter food parcels to a community of extremely deprived children, in the tiny rural town of Tulbagh. My heart ached for these very poor youngsters, some orphans, some the children of seasonal farm labourers living in bitter poverty.As we chatted, I discovered that most of them had never seen the sea!
I was immediately inspired to take them on our annual Breadline Africa seaside outing, the one event in our calendar that’s dedicated entirely to giving children a day of pure joy. This is a highlight of our year – our volunteers pitch in eagerly, and we all enjoy the children’s laughter so much, their amazement when they see the ocean for the first time. But we really need your help too. All year round, we try to meet urgent basic needs for extremely poor communities, especially the children. But experience has taught us that joy is also a priceless gift, and happy memories are something that can never be taken away.
Your gift will allow us to take these children from the harsh and isolated world they know, a life of hunger and hardship, to the seaside for a day of warmth, love, fun and magical memories.
The children in this isolated little valley face such bleak lives, such relentless day-to-day poverty. I want to give them one magical day of joy – not just the excitement of the sea, the fun and games – but the knowledge that they matter, they have not been forgotten. And it will all be thanks to you.