South Africa is a place close to my heart. While I haven’t traveled there (yet) my father and older brother have spent time there getting to know the culture and the people. They always come back with stunning photos of the landscape and smiling images of the country’s children, like the one above.
When I look at those little faces I am stricken with the thought that nearly 20% of all children in South Africa are orphans, with approximately 1.9 Million of those children orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS. On top of that, 65% of ALL South African children live in poverty. Lunches at school are a huge part of these kids’ development and an incentive to continue their education.
Think about the lunches you ate as a kid: peanut butter and jelly, soup in a thermos, carrot sticks, apple slices, juice boxes, granola bars. I never wondered if there was going to be a salami sandwich (my favorite) in my Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox.
But some kids do wonder–every single day. Children who don’t have enough to eat don’t have the capacity to work towards a proper education. That’s where the Lunchbox Fund comes in: The Lunchbox Fund has been feeding impoverished and orphaned schoolchildren since 2005. It brings communities together with the help of small local businesses and entrepreneurs, and provides vulnerable students with healthy meals that nourish their bodies and minds (source).
So today, as I’m eating my chicken salad sandwich and roasted beet salad, I’m heading on over to The Giving Table to donate to The Lunchbox Fund. I’m bringing my lunch to work this week in order to donate as much as I can.
Here’s a fun fact about my lunch habits: If I bring leftovers to work or make my lunch at home JUST ONE DAY this week, I will have $10 to donate. And just $10 can feed a child their only meal of the day. If The Lunchbox Fund meets their campaign goal of $5,000, 100 school children will eat lunch for an entire year. That sounds like something I want to be a part of!
So who’s with me? Will you donate just one lunch this week to a sweet-faced child in South Africa?
If you’d like to know more about The Lunchbox Fund, watch this video or follow this link: Provide a daily meal to South African school children.