FOUNDATION57 launched iPapa57 Feeding the Children Program during October 2017, at Smartstart ECD (National ECD Franchise) centres in the Mossel Bay area.
FOUNDATION57’s vision is to assist in national and local efforts, such as the SmartStart ECD initiative, to ensure that the basic needs of children are being met in their early years of development.
These basic needs (building blocks) are:
- Love and Care
- Nutrition and Good Health
- Safety: Physical and Emotional
- Stimulation: Learning Opportunities
iPapa57 specifically focuses on the building block of Nutrition and aims to increase concentration, comprehension and academic performance by helping to reduce short-term hunger and improve child nutrition. The iPapa57 program, entails the funding of special formulated maize products to children between the ages of 3 – 5. This initiative will benefit the children as well as the community and society at large. Healthier and better nourished children reduce the burden on society. The vision is to, with the assistance of Smartstart and other NGO’s such as Societas for ECD, to expand the feeding program to the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape regions.