Riverton Primary School in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town welcomes 400 children through their doors each school day and the principal, Mr Andrew Swartz, his team of educators and the school governing body members are passionate about seeing their learners reach their full potential.
This school offers the children a quality education but faces the challenge of hunger. Riverton has been providing regular meals to 205 children from a rusty old converted container feeding kitchen; half of the children at the school are on the feeding programme. On rainy days, the old kitchen used to be flooded, making it unsafe for meal preparation. Often the staffroom had to double up as a kitchen for the busy cooking team.
On 22 November 2021, this deserving school received a new container kitchen, which was made possible by GrandWest and Breadline Africa. There was much excitement in the air and guests were warmly welcomed. GrandWest also provided a lovely meal for each child, for which they were very grateful.
Mr Swartz welcomed everyone to the launch and thanked GrandWest and Breadline Africa for making this a reality.
Mervyn Naidoo, General Manager at GrandWest, explained that they work with 20 projects, some as far afield as Atlantis, and when they saw the old container, they knew that something had to be done as soon as possible to improve the situation. He added that it was the passion and dedication of the principal and his team that really tipped the scales in favour of supporting Riverton and he thanked them for their commitment to the children.
Diane Laugksch, Monitoring and Evaluation / Strategic Partnerships Manager at Breadline Africa, explained that more than nine million South African children receive regular meals at school, as part of a national nutrition programme. She thanked the GrandWest team for supporting Riverton’s efforts to help their children – adding that it is common knowledge that a hungry child will struggle in the classroom, and this kitchen will make an enormous difference in the lives of the 205 children who will benefit.
She concluded by quoting the wise words of Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much’’. To our donors and partners, thank you for your passion and support; together we can impact the lives of many children.”