My Chosen Charities #2 – Garden Route Children’s Trust @GRCTcharity

The Garden Route Children’s Trust, or GRCT for short, is a UK-based charity. The aim of the GRCT is to alleviate poverty amongst children in South Africa through the provision of food and education. Nourishing the bodies and minds of children in need gives them a good, healthy foundation on which to build, and helps them to learn to look after themselves and their families.

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Learn more about the work being done by GRCT and how your involvement can help them.

http://www.grct.org.uk/

The Projects

The Garden Route Children’s Trust, or GRCT for short, is a UK-based charity. The aim of the GRCT is to alleviate poverty amongst children in South Africa through the provision of food and education. Nourishing the bodies and minds of children in need gives them a good, healthy foundation on which to build, and helps them to learn to look after themselves and their families.

e’Pap Feeding Project

A group of smiling children

The principal beneficiary of the GRCT is The e’Pap Children’s Feeding Project, which is currently helping to feed over 4,000 children. It was founded in 2003 by Shelley Godsell and under her direction has grown greatly. Approximately 90 volunteers, who live in Knysna, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay give their services freely to help with the distribution of the porridge and the liaising with the schools. Consequently money given goes directly to the point of need. Read about the various visits of GRCT Trustees to the feeding project in our newsletters.

Find out more about e’Pap on their website.

Missionvale Care Centre

I may be only one person but

The GRCT is currently funding a nutrition programme for a few hundred children who come to the centre every afternoon. Missionvale is situated in a shackland community of 100,000 people where there are no services and the unemployment rate is about 70% and the HIV infection rate 60%. There are many households headed up by grandparents or teenagers, where parents have died of AIDS. We are supporting the centre’s Children’s Support and Development Programme. See their website for more details. The GRCT also funds the feeding of 165 children in the small Missionvale school ensuring that each child has a bowl of e’Pap on every school day.

Find out more about Missionvale Care Centre on their website.

Equipment for schools

A jungle gym

The GRCT provides equipment for struggling schools: chairs and tables for the children to sit at where previously they sat and worked on the floor; climbing frames and swings to make the playground less bleak and to stimulate their playtime; more pens and crayons to augment their limited supplies.

New Projects

new-projects

The GRCT has recently started to feed children in a school in Walmer Township in Port Elizabeth. The Trustees regularly consider the financing of new ventures in South Africa, which will help young children.

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