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Social Work student creates soup kitchen to feed 60 children


“I always wanted to make a difference, no matter how small, says third-year Social Work student Alicia Daniels, who stays in Tiryville, a township within Uitenhage, where there is lots of poverty.

“The children, especially, are so close to my heart and so I decided to look for sponsors among my friends and family to have a little soup kitchen for them.

Alicia managed to get 10 sponsors to provide four meals of soup and bread to 60 children ranging from three to 16 years old over two weeks.

Unfortunately, they are all struggling and could not go on longer than two weeks with the soup kitchen which they operated from a community church.

“I know that two weeks will never be enough but the smiles and the joy I saw on the children's faces brought joy to my heart.

“I hope that one day that I can do so much more in my community, not only for the children but for the elderly as well.

“I come from a poor background and I know exactly how it feels to be hungry, and therefore I am making it my mission to finish my studies and make a difference in my community”, says Alicia.

Pictured with Social Work student Alicia Daniels (centre) are from left Franscina Effenaar, Chamelle Tiervlei, Marie Fleurs and Pauline Goodman at their soup kitchen in a community church.