We believe the investing in and supporting Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a key factor for young children and their future. In collaboration with The Rotary Club of Claremont, we have undertaken to upgrade and refurbish three Early Development Centres in the Brown's Farm area of Philippi, a hugely underprivileged area. The Rotary Club has assembled a qualified task team to manage the project and together we believe that we can make a difference not just from an educational angle, but also from a holistic perspective by ensuring these young children are taken care of in a safe environment by qualified care givers and provided with proper nutrition and preventative health care at the same time.
The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA), a registered non-profit organisation, was established in 1958. For more than 50 years, PSFA has been providing meals to hungry children in primary, secondary and special-needs schools across the Western Province, including the distant rural areas. Lewis has adopted a total of 11 schools in the Western Cape where we provide meals for 1 250 children each school day. The Lewis Group continues with the sponsorship.
Children of the Dawn support and reinforce rural community initiatives which focus on caring for HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in SA. Lewis sponsors children located in Bushbuckridge, Mangweni and Ermelo in Mpumalanga, QwaQwa in the Free State, Mpumaze in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Matatiele in Eastern Cape, Mathabatha and Lenyenye in Limpopo.
The sponsorship provides the children with essential basic requirements: educational, nutritional, clothing, hygiene, transport, and integration into the community (aftercare centres, school trips, etc.) emotional and moral support, health matters including management of HIV/AIDS symptoms and other ad-hoc projects, (vegetable gardens). The organisation also sends monthly food parcels to families who assist in taking care of the children.
Lewis sponsors approximately 150 children each month. We also contribute additional funding to a fortified nutrition programme for these children and assist with various other requests, including a year-end excursion for these children. The overall health and well-being of these children has vastly improved by the holistic care and nutrition managed by the organisation’s programme.