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The Lunchbox Fund aims to see that no child goes hungry in the classroom by providing school-day meals for learners at schools in communities where domestic food security is an issue. You can’t teach a hungry child, as malnutrition affects one’s ability to learn and develop, which prompted the organisation to ensure the nutritious meals reach those learners who need them most. Improved school attendance and better academic results are just some of the benefits the organisation brings to the thousands of learners it feeds every day.
For more information: thelunchboxfund.org
Andries Douglas is a policeman and martial arts instructor who has been teaching karate, kobudo and self-defense to children and teenagers living on farms in remote rural areas of the Western Cape. He teaches them karate for free, and in exchange they must read a book. He calls it the “Reading for Life” programme and he credits his wife Eugenie with the idea.
Kurt Minaar and Mavo Solomon are maths teachers who go above and beyond to invest in their communities. Mavo, a trained engineer, left Johannesburg in 2014 where he was working as an Energy Analyst for Eskom. He now spends his days teaching Mathematics and Physical Science voluntarily to matric learners in Mlungisi Township, Queenstown – his hometown. Kurt has been teaching grade 8 learners at the Ebon Donges High School in Kraaifontein, Cape Town. for the past 8 years. He uses alternative ways of teaching Maths to help grasp their attention. Kurt is also a hip hop dancer and has competed internationally. Kurt’s greater vision is to develop a revised curriculum with the department of education that caters for the needs of all types of learning categories.