Launch of Student Focused Non-Profit Feed a Student on Rainy DaysSubmitted by Lolo Ntshiqa
Launch of Non-Profit Organization Addressing Food Insecurity Amongst Tertiary Students in South Africa
Johannesburg, 10 November 2021 - Non-profit company, Feed a Student on Rainy Days launches its first initiative to address student hunger in South Africa’s universities. Rainy Days SA seeks to raise awareness about the crisis of food insecurity affecting vulnerable students from underprivileged backgrounds.
Rainy Days SA, an initiative of Feed a Student on Rainy Days, is determined to make a difference in the lives of students affected by food insecurity. Food insecurity can be described as the state of having unreliable access to sufficient food.
The charity organization is run by sisters, Lolo Ntshiqa and Asanda Ntshiqa, whose humble beginnings are similar to the realities faced by many Black South African students. “Our parents fought against all odds to ensure we received quality education from institutions they could only dream of attending,” said Asanda, “Who knows what kind of life we would have had, had it not been for the sacrifices they made?”
Government programs, like the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which provides financial aid to underprivileged students, has opened doors for more young people from underprivileged backgrounds to attend institutions of higher learning. However, many of these students continue to face challenges, such as food insecurity, throughout the course of completing their diplomas or degrees.
According to Lolo Ntshiqa, the impact of student hunger can influence students’ academic success. “When a student is hungry, all they can think about is where their next meal will come from. In class, they may be absent-minded or suffer from brain fog due to the low energy they are running on. Not having access to a basic human need, such as food, can also lead to poor mental health, causing students to skip classes or drop out of university.”
Rainy Days SA is on a mission to raise awareness around the issue of food insecurity, particularly on how it affects students. The organization calls upon students, alumni, public institutions, and businesses to join the movement and assist in finding practical solutions for providing low-cost, nutritious, and affordable food packages to vulnerable students.
You can support the charity by visiting their website, www.rainydayssa.org and making a financial contribution, from as little as R10, which will go toward raising funds for student food packages. If you have a social media account, you can support the cause by following the organization’s social media pages and joining the conversations. On Instagram and Twitter (rainydays_sa) and Facebook and LinkedIn (Rainy Days SA).
About Rainy Days SA
Rainy Days SA is dedicated to feeding South Africa’s tertiary students who are faced with food insecurity, and protecting their dignity. We hope to receive the support of the youth, corporate organizations, and local government to raise awareness on the food insecurity crisis, and provide low-cost grocery package solutions.
Meet the sisters behind Rainy Days SA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=othehXiRE8Q
Feed a Student on Rainy DaysLolo Ntshiqa
Feed a Student on Rainy Days is a non-profit company addressing food insecurity amongst South Africa's tertiary students. We seek to provide vulnerable students with access to nutritional food packages.