“No child in Paternoster should be ever without a dream!”
Since 2016 the German foundation “Kinder fördern – Zukunft stiften“ is working for this main idea in the little village “Paternoster” located at the northern west coast of South Africa. The residents of Paternoster were living on fishing over generations. Due to the climate change and the overstrung fishing quota, the significance of fishing decreases. In addition to that there are not a lot of alternative income sources. The consequences of this lack of prospects are huge. Crime rates and drug traffic are increasing. Early pregnancies, gang warfare, AIDS and famines are the result. On the one hand all those circumstances are impairing the tourism in Paternoster but on the other hand especially the children of Paternoster are the sufferers. A lack of education and a life on street is the best requirement to get involved with alcohol and drugs. All in all, this situation causes helpless, depressive and spacy children with slight chances to get out of that bad circle.
"Worldwide there is produced enough food for everyone. However there are a lot of people who are still suffering from underfeeding and hunger."
This is the reason why we emphasise a daily lunch for the children in line with the "Paternoster Volunteer Project". Local grandmothers, also named "Tannies", are cooking a warm meal for their grandchildren every day. For some of the children this is the only meal they get for the day. It creates the base they need for a healthy development and a concentrated learning for the future. For a well organization and implementation of this program our "Tannies" get support by the German and South African volunteers.
To continue the "Paternoster Feeding Program" successfully we need a monthly financial support for groceries and kitchen equipment on the one hand and a reward for our dedicated cooks on the other hand.
Help us to keep up this important and vital program!