Nikhil Chetty, a grade two learner at Crawford Preparatory School in La Lucia, South Africa has always participated actively in the Read to Feed Program. His passion for the program and determination to help end hunger and poverty is an incredible affirmation of Heifer’s belief that young people have the power to change the world.
Nikhil’s twist to the program is a noble sacrifice. Every Saturday afternoon Nikhil’s parents treat him to a scrumptious lunch at a restaurant of his choice. However, for the six weeks his school was running the Read to Feed program Nikhil abstained from participating in their Saturday family lunch dates and encouraged his family to forgo this treat as well. Instead Nikhil donated the money that would have been spent on his Saturday lunches to Heifer International to assist in ending hunger and poverty in South Africa.
Read to Feed is an exciting adventure for children and librarians. While some children focus on reading to raise funds for Heifer, others, like Nikhil, find alternative ways to make a difference. Through reading and learning, Read to Feed helps children to become everyday heroes.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a supporter of the program said, "Read to Feed is more than a reading program, it is also an opportunity for children to change the world. I strongly support the Read to Feed program.’’
Through the Read to Feed program teachers and librarians take students on an adventure that encourages children to read and provides them with the opportunity to experience how wonderful it is to help others. Over the years, Heifers has had the privilege to work with so many extraordinary people displaying enthusiasm, initiative, courage, sacrifice, perseverance and humility in the nature of their involvement in assisting Heifer to end hunger and poverty.
- Sameera Banoo, Resource Development Specialist for Heifer South Africa