In South Africa, farm workers constitute one of the most exploited and neglected categories of the working poor. Most of these farm workers live in rural communities around South Africa and are subjected to a cycle of poverty that is very difficult to break. The circumstances they find themselves in have a profound effect on their quality of life but more so on their children. Most farm workers in South Africa earn less than 150 Euros (or 160USD) a month. This has to feed, clothe and sustain households, which very often has more than five people. Studies have shown that very few children of farm workers complete school, because their parents earn so little that they are unable to provide for their schooling. And between April to August each year more than 80% of farm workers face seasonal hunger because there is no work and therefore no source of income. As a result, the basic needs of these children are often overlooked . Basic commodities like a warm jacket and a pair of school shoes are a luxury rather than a necessity.
My name is Jefferson Bailey and I've lived in Cape Town, South Africa for the past 40 years. I've seen the reality of many underprivileged families and children firsthand. As winter approaches I need your help to provide these children with some comfort and warmth by means of a warm jacket and a pair of school shoes. A small contribution from you can go a long way for these children who have very little and need a helping hand. This can make all the difference to them.