I am so pleased to have been invited to organize a table of some of my friends to attend the LETCEE Luncheon. Besides the scrumptious Soup and Bread, you have treated us to the most delicious desserts. The talk given by Kate (LowCarbLife) was informative and definitely mind-changing. It has sparked reasons for me to change a few habits in my family’s diet.
I have been a part of the Greytown community for more than 10 years. For the first time I understand the role LETCEE plays within the greater Greytown community. I have been aware of their existence, but did not know that LETCEE is not funded by government. It’s established and run by a few very capable women whom have dedicated their time and expertise unselfishly. The work, time and dedication these women give so freely to LETCEE, is truly inspiring.
Awareness created at the luncheon is so important! It educates us in the community who are able to assist, donate or even give our time to help those in need. What was astonishing to me was that LETCEE can feed a child for R200 a month. It made me think, and I came to the realisation that I cannot feed my family of 4 on R200 one day! Yet LETCEE is making a difference in so many lives with their feeding scheme, playgroups, mobile toy libraries and education to the most vulnerable in the community – the children.
LETCEE’s initiatives stretch far and beyond just feeding children. Most importantly, it uplifts the communities by instilling in them how to care for not only for themselves, but also for others. Their community food gardens are food sources to many, and also a method of bartering. The community is taught skills and given responsibility. In return they are rewarded with crops and beyond that, a sense of achievement and upliftment. Children, Teenagers and Adults are awarded points for offering help to their communities by helping their elders or working and tending the gardens. They can then use their points to buy second-hand clothing or other necessities – giving them the power to afford something they may never have had. What a brilliant concept in teaching the community the reward of hard work and helping others – but ultimately uplifting the whole community.
I left the luncheon with the feeling of hope that even though there are endless poverty in our country, there is an organization right here in little Greytown making a massive impact in so many lives. It is definitely an organisation worthy of the funding that it so desperately needs.
I ask myself why I have been given so much to be grateful for, but often wanting or needing more? Opposed to someone on the bottom end of the income bracket, overjoyed with a second-hand piece of clothing and a simple meal. Is it not then our duty to give more freely? Can we not all do more to instill a sense of community and charity within our own children?
Yes I can! By giving freely of a little of my time, by donating unused toys and clothes that are worthy of being used and enjoyed. By delivering an overproduction of vegetables from my own veggie garden and not letting it go to waste. It’s about being mindful. We can marry the two worlds of wealth and poverty and learn so much about and from each other. It’s a step towards finding joy in each other. It’s UBUNTU. The greatest change is often in the small things and deeds.