African Children's Feeding Scheme "Care for Children"
The African Children's Feeding Scheme was started in 1945 by Fr Trevor Huddlestone to help fight malnutrition. Today the organisation not only feeds children, but also helps with their educational needs.
The ACFS runs a number of development projects in skills such as sewing, food gardening, cooking, child rearing, health education and handcraft. Some women have succeeded in opening their own small sewing businesses as a result of the training, and a number of students who qualified in health education have found employment within the ACFS itself.
The food gardening training uses the Food Gardens Foundation method and is itself attempting to make families self sufficient with home grown vegetables.
One of the organisation's main programmes is Care for Children, a home based support and care initiative aimed at orphans and vulnerable children.
Care for Children regularly visits child-headed families to ensure they are well fed, attending school, clothed and emotionally stable. Representatives will also check that the children have a care giver, and will provide assistance with grant applications and lobby schools to waive the fees of children in need.
Care for Children encourages communities to help care for orphans and vulnerable children. To this end, seminars, workshops and parenting classes are arranged to give them the tools they need to assist effectively.
The Hollard Foundation sponsors Care for Children to provide school uniforms, school transport, toiletries, shack repairs, clothing, winter blankets, child care givers' remuneration, the manager's salary and ongoing training for child care givers and supervisors.
The African Children's Feeding Scheme "Care for Children"
119 Caroline Street
Tel: (011) 839 - 2630
Fax: (011) 839 - 2637
Contact person: Sr Rejoice Nkutha