The current economic climate is significantly affecting
Barbadian children as the numbers going to school hungry
continue to rise.
President of the Young Women’s Christian Association’s
breakfast feeding programme, Andrea Taylor, said further
to that the increased numbers were resulting in all seven of
their satellite offices overflowing with children to be fed
on a daily basis.
Unable to bear the brunt of the cost of feeding these
estimated 12,000 children per day, they are in desperate
need of help.
Taylor was speaking this morning at the City of
Bridgetown Credit Union in the City as the COB president
Christopher Oliver presented them with a $5,000 cheque
to aid in the efforts.
While applauding COB’s donation she also implored other
businesses to lend assistance to the enterprise. She said the
feeding programme was critically calling for assistance. This
did not mean only in the form of monetary assistance but as
well through kind.
“It is indeed heartening that they have reached out. I am
very happy that the COB at this juncture has come to assist
us. They would have assisted us in the past and I am happy
that they have found their way back. Studies have shown that
children can be very disruptive when they are hungry. When
you go and have a proper meal in the morning you can sit
and be more attentive and the teaching time that is due to
you can actually enjoy. As a Barbadian community we got to
say to ourselves, ‘Let us play our part’ because it is critical
that we play our part. We are not asking you to give financial
donations [only], you can give product donations, we are
asking for volunteers as well,” she stressed.
“We need volunteerism to rise. As a non–profit
organization we need all the career-oriented persons and the
not so minded to come and be a part of the fore because we
can do this all together. I am calling on corporate Barbados
– and I am happy to have the City of Bridgetown on board
with us at this juncture – to raise the awareness and to help
us to save today’s children for tomorrow’s future.”
While promising that 2014 was going to be an exciting
year, Taylor admitted that with the existing financial
constraints it was also expected to be a challenge, “but any
challenge that you have will make life exciting”.
”[W]e are calling persons to join the
membership so that we can be a powerful player
in this market place because we need to be at this
point in time. We need to have a voice – a very
strong voice, and to have a voice we must have
numbers so we need to make sure that
It takes approximately $5 per day to feed a child
and while acknowledging that $5,000 might not
go a notable way in the effort, Oliver vowed that
COB will be there for the programme whenever
called upon. He said COB is committed to creating
an environment for the nation’s children which
impresses upon them the importance of practicing
healthy eating habits.
“I know how important it is for children
to be prepared to learn and you cannot learn
on an empty stomach,” he said.
“Breakfast has always been deemed the most
important meal of the day and the correlation
between nutrition and its impact on the
academic performance is paramount. With the
current economic climate as it stands it is the
responsibility of the Barbadian business community
to ensure that our children are not made
to suffer from the scarcity of financial resources
in our homes.
“The most vulnerable people in our society are
our concern and to this end we at COB endorse
the YWCA Breakfast Club’s programme and are
happy to do our part to ensure that our children,
our country’s most precious resource, will be
nourished and protected.” (KC)