Over 40% of tertiary students suffer from hunger, but an initiative like this is set to change that!
Pretoria, South Africa (15 February 2020) – Students participating in the university sporting activities at the University of Pretoria can now access free meals daily from the TimeOut Cafe at the High-Performance Centre.
About forty percent of tertiary students in South Africa’s institutions of higher learning experience hunger, many go for days without food, all in the pursuit of a good education. This alarming statistic is the reason why the foundation created an initiative that calls on all sectors of society to support our youth and ensure we provide them with meals close to their schools.
This thanks to their recent partnership with the Almal Foundation’s “Make a Soul Smile” initiative. The purpose of the Almal Foundation’s initiative is to support people in need but to do it in a manner that maintains and respects their dignity.
“As a principle, we do not support the idea of handouts as they tend to be temporary solutions to often recurring challenges, but we do recognise the importance of providing a helping hand where needed and that sometimes what someone might need is just a leg up. That being said, we have developed a protocol to ensure that the support we facilitate is effective and meaningful. Where possible, we take it a step further to make it sustainable.”
In Southern Africa, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty (defined as those living on less than US $1.90 per day or less than R993 per month), is set to rise to 130 million people. Sustained population growth and modest economic growth amid pervasive inequality mean that the region has seen and will continue to see diverging poverty trends (a drop in relative poverty and a rise in absolute poverty). Southern Africa accounts for 9% of extreme poverty globally, even though it only accounts for about 2.5% of the world population.
Communities who live in poverty are continuously at risk of being driven to worse conditions, as they are constantly vulnerable. This is further threatened by climate change, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, economic conditions globally and in the region and political instability.
“It is increasingly important to raise awareness of the people and places where the need exists and to encourage people, corporations, businesses, governments, and any other stakeholders with the capacity to help and to help in a manner that is sustainable and effective. The Almal Foundation’s platform is a credible tool to help those who want to help, find those who need help.”
To access the meals, interested students need to register on the Almal Foundation’s website (www.almal.org.za/dignity-table/) and will receive vouchers for meals. The initiative is called the Dignity Table, and it is envisaged that more restaurants, cafes, businesses, and persons can join in to help this initiative by either enlisting their eatery (near a university) as a member or donating a meal.
Anyone seeking further information about the initiative can email the organisation here: email@example.com