ABOUT Mothers That Care
Mothers That Care is an organisation made up of 100 or so volunteers who have dedicated their time to preparing sandwiches, to ensure children do not go hungry whilst they are at school.
Founder Karen Oliveira said the organisation started in 2010 with ten women in her West Beach home. It has now grown to include groups in areas such as Blouberg, Melkbos, Table View, Milnerton, West Beach, Sunset Beach and Parklands.
Each group comes together on a specific day of the week, bringing along their donation of bread, sandwich spreads and margarine. Most of these sandwiches are placed in a plastic bag to keep them fresh and are distributed to schools and crèches, including Siyazama Educare Centre, ACVV Creche (Albow Gardens), Buren High, Ysterplaat Junior and Senior Primary, De Grendel School, Bloubergridge Primary, Sunningdale Primary, Blouberg High, West Riding Primary, St. Agnes Primary, Youth Solutions (Observatory), Vissershoek Primary, Dunoon Primary and Marconi Beam Primary.
In 2010 Karen was saddened when she was told that children were stealing food because they were hungry. She emailed everyone she knew asking those who were not working to join her in preparing lunch for the school. Ten women showed up on the first morning and together they made 200 sandwiches.
“The first time we handed out sandwiches to a school in Brooklyn, I needed teachers to come and help me to control the crowd. They were so hungry. They didn’t want to miss out on the sandwiches,” she said.
Karen said she was amazed by how big the organisation had grown. “I haven’t promoted it in anyway. I just had the idea and everyone ran with it. I feel privileged to help others but it’s a drop in the ocean,” she said.
Karen Oliveira – Founder/CEO
Tracey Le Roux – Public Officer
Nadia Smith – Legal Representative
Christina Papavasilopoulos – Secretary
Abbie Keevers – Communications
Santa Grindlay – (Procurement Officer)
Patricia June Maragelis – Member
Ntokozo Maelane – Member (not in the photo)