The extra meals program is offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, the days when the Inner-city program does not operate. It is for those children who do not get meals every day at home. The average number attending has increased in the past few months to over 100.
The children in the Extra Meals Program are playing games with Leonard and sitting down to a nutritious meal
The repairs to the building and site that are home to the Hope for the Future programs are close to completion. The following are just a glimpse of the changes that have taken shape over the last 6 weeks. More pictures will be posted in the near future.
Many volunteers helped to transform the meeting area into an functional nursery classroom.
This past week, officials from the President’s Office visited the program. They were asked to visit every nursery school and ascertain if they were abiding by the rules and regulations established by the government. The building that is used by Hope for the Future was found to be lacking in several areas.
The boundary wall is non existent in several areas and in a state of disrepair in many areas. It needs to be rebuilt.
One (1) toilet outside is not sufficient for approximately 260 that attend the program. It needs to be plastered and a ceramic squatting plate needs to be installed.
A second outside toilet needs to be built.
The inside toilet needs to be repaired
The windows in the building need to be replaced.
All the walls need to be plastered.
Currently, a septic tank system is being used. At least once a year it needs to be emptied. It is possible to be connected to the municipal sewer system that will provide the extra space to build the second toilet
The total cost is CAD$5478.
The videos below will give you a good idea of what repairs are required and why.
The second week of January marked the beginning of the new school year for 270 children from the Inner-city Program. Here are pictures and videos of the day when the uniforms, books and backpacks with school supplies were handed out. A day of excitement and optimism…preceded by many many hours of hard work by Leonard, Armani and staff.
This is a glimpse of the distribution of school supplies to 228 Primary students and 42 secondary students. The supplies for secondary students were put in backpacks which are in the back of the truck.
Purchasing the shoes for the children is an interesting process. Each child brings a stick that is used to measure the length of their feet. The child’s name is written on a piece of masking tape and attached to the stick. When the correct size shoe is found, The laces are tied together and the stick is placed inside the shoe for easy identification.
Leonard and Amani with the help of Mama Janet and Flora packed all the school books and supplies seen above one night. The following night many hands helped to pack the uniforms. And the next day all items were distributed as seen in the videos above. Many grateful hearts filled with hope for a brighter future.
Leonard and Amani and Cherise
A Special Note from Sharmala
Cherise offered to help with the administration side of the foundation towards the end of 2019, which has taken a huge load off my back. Little did she know that in 2020 she would be doing way more than she expected!! It is with a very grateful and thankful heart that I thank her for doing so much to keep the programs going.
Leonard and Amani stepped up to great roles of leadership during my extended absence. For the first time, they planned, organized and executed the Christmas party and the distribution of school supplies. They have far exceeded my expectations and have done an excellent job in planning and continuing with the program. I am very proud of Cherise, Leonard and Amani and the rest of the staff.