January 5, 2022. Following the July unrest in KwaZulu-Natal, non-profit organisation ‘Zero2Five Trust’ has been asked by several funders what the consequences on the ground were for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector.
The unrest had a direct impact on most centres with regards to the cost of food, the availability of food, and the accessibility thereof.
68% of ECD centres were not able to get their regular food supplies. The July unrest has exacerbated an already critical situation in terms of extremely high levels of food insecurity due to: the Covid-19 lockdowns; inaccessibility of National School Nutrition Programme meals; high levels of unemployment; and widespread poverty, especially in rural areas in the four KZN districts that Zero2Five serves.
A massive pledge from the LEGO Foundation in August came just at the right time to boost Zero2Five’s nutrition programme for KZN’s young children. This, in effect, means six months’ on-site feeding, plus 3500 wonderful food parcels to send home for the December holidays,
“The LEGO Foundation is boosting our nutrition programme with an additional 1.2 million breakfasts over those six months,” said Julika Falconer of Zero2Five.
In addition, a host of other sponsors also came on board.This support will assist well over 3500 families in rural KZN and help bridge the gap when it comes to missing school meals during the long holidays.