Child Time Feeding Scheme Go The Extra Mile

                                                Esmeen and Denzil Usher
Since lockdown has brought all activities to a halt, there have been several horror stories: of people struggling to find even a morsel of food. Amid this avalanche of bad news, people have come together in the most extraordinary ways to go the extra mile and lend a hand. Across the country,  instances abound of people trying to do what they can to help.  A couple from Ogle Road in Austerville, Esmeen and Denzil Usher  have been involved in The Child Time feeding scheme long before the covid-19 pandemic even started. They now do a breakfast and lunch run, ever since the beginning of Lockdown, feeding over a 1000 people a day.

Denzil Usher says that he started a  kitchen at the backyard of his home where he fed the  needy and unemployed people, including children in the neighbourhood. He received help from Islamic Organisations, and his dream of feeding the hungry grew.

                                               Many hands make light work

He is proud to acknowledge the following volunteers; Helen Fisher, Sharleen Johnson, Michael Wagner, Shuaib Seepye, Taahira Seepye, Caleb Naidoo, Ruark Usher, Micaela Esbend, Keonte’ Basson, Leigh-Andre’ Quill.

“Thank you so much for your assistance. I appreciate the efforts of our volunteers who make such an event possible and successful. I am truly grateful to you. Your eagerness to help others, is greatly appreciated”

“It fills me with so much joy to see people receiving much needed sustenance,” he said.

“I am fulfilled knowing that as I eat at home my neighbour also has a meal “

“I didn’t know that one day I’d be involved with helping others.”

It makes a difference to ones life, and this difference is of great significance”

He and Esmeen, who is also an activist in the Austerville community have been encouraging the youth in the area to also take up sport and recreational activities. They are also responsible for a storytelling group, Child Time.

Lately, supplies are beginning to dwindle, and they are calling upon big business and the public to assist  with much needed food items.

Their aim  is to continue with the feeding scheme long after lockdown is over, as it is  a vital necessity.

Please call Esmeen- 0793138183 if you would like to assist in any way

By: Lorraine Richards 

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