Health Awareness Month is in full swing, and as always Clover’s Mamas are taking action to help the people in their communities eat balanced diets and get the right nutrition to maintain their health.
Many people know about healthy food choices but it is difficult for the poorer members of society to maintain a balanced diet. It is here that Clover Mama Afrika works to help people lead healthy lives.
South Africa’s current drought has had a huge impact on food security in general, and has resulted in food prices rising significantly. This has made it even more difficult for underprivileged people to get the nutrients needed to fight off infection.
But there are community heroes who step in to provide for those who need it most. Clover Mama Afrika is a corporate social investment project run by dairy company Clover in an effort to give back to the country and make a positive difference to its people.
The project has a number of women taking part who are determined to make the correct nutritious foods available in their communities.
MAMAS IN ACTION
Mama Sipiwe Solomons from Hazyview, in Mpumalanga, has her own food garden and piggery. Through these, she provides a feeding scheme for orphans. She delivers 30 food packages a day to 10 high schools, catering to more than 80 children in the programme.
Her food garden also supplies her community hospice with food packages, feeding 20 patients.
In addition, Solomons’s garden helps her to generate much-needed income, which in turn allows her to sustain her garden and piggery and so continue her efforts to help her community.
The founder of the Ebenezer Care Centre, Shirley Merime, feed 120 pre-school children, 55 children from her own centre, 75 elderly people, 18 of her own workers and 60 underprivileged people from her surrounding informal settlement each day out of her food garden.
Other Clover Mama Afrika food garden champions include Florence Nyakiso from Botshabelo, Dawn Irons from Ubombo and Pauline Mokae from Randsgate.
Nkanyiso provides a safe haven for over 250 children and feeds an average of 7 000 young and old people each month.
Although she has been badly affected by the drought, Irons still feeds 26 children and 10 adults daily, as well as 70 more people every Sunday.
Mokae feeds 150 children through her feeding scheme and supplies food to nine orphans and 15 adults daily, as well as 50 church members.
NO CHALLENGE IS TOO GREAT
“I am so proud of our Mamas,” says Professor Elain Vlok, manager of Clover’s corporate services and founder of Clover Mama Afrika. “Even though our Mamas have been hit hard by the drought crisis they never give up and continue to supply food to their communities which helps community members get the nutrition they need to keep going.
“With each Clover Mama Afrika we are able make a difference in so many lives and we hope to reach even more communities throughout the rest of this year.”
Clover Mama Afrika started as a humble project 12 years ago and has since become the dairy company’s flagship CSI programme.
To date, it has appointed 41 Mamas throughout South Africa. These remarkable women collectively care for more than 15 500 children and 2 500 elderly people who are unable to provide for themselves.
PLAY YOUR PART
Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?
If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.