(ed:..that we/nz – as one of the richest countries in the world – need the likes of kids-can is a national shame..
but good on kids-can for stepping up.in when/where the government has clearly failed in its’ most basic of duties/responsibilities –
– to care for all new zealanders..
..under successive neoliberal-labour party govts and the tories…it’s been a long time since that happened/that duty was discharged..)
Sympathy and compassion for poor kids is in the air at this election.
Back in 2005 when KidsCan started feeding and clothing students in low-decile schools the idea was surprising to many.
The concept that in the land of milk and honey children were turning up to school barefoot – cold and too hungry to learn was unbelievable to most people.
KidsCan faced judgemental responses everywhere from people on the street to politicians.
I heard it all ‘If they can’t look after their own children – tough’.
Most New Zealanders were in denial about the problem of poverty in this country – choosing to believe instead that if everyone just worked hard enough money would be plenty and life’s possibilities endless.
Requests from schools for KidsCan to help students – who were disengaged from learning due to hunger and cold – steadily increased year-on-year.
We started out in 40 low-decile schools – now we’re providing food – raincoats – socks and shoes and basic hygiene items to 675 schools in 17 regions of New Zealand.