SCF told of those in need of food
“Food for thought” is an expression often used in this country, but in some of the countries where the Save The Children Fund is operating, “Thought for food” is uppermost in the minds of the people.
In Jordan for instance, at a recent clinic a child was demented with hunger, screaming and struggling in his mother’s arms at the thought of food.
Two examples of extreme under-nourishment there were a child of two years weighing only 14lb and one of 16 months weighing only 7lb. Despite all the efforts to save her, the second child died.
These were some of the facts learned from newsletters read at the November meeting of Central Hawke’s Bay branch of the SCF, presided over by Mrs W. S. Kittow.
Members were told of two new ventures of the fund which now spends £4000 a day helping the under- privileged in different parts at the world.
In Korea the fund is opening a vocational training centre for children of lepers. At this centre 40 children, aged 15 and upward, will live in a hostel and the boys taught agriculture and mechanics while the girls learn sewing and embroidery in order to be able to earn their own living eventually.
In Hongkong [Hong Kong] a recreational centre for mentally-retarded children up to eight years of age has recently been opened.
The treasurer, Mrs E. McGregor, reported that £767 had been raised in Central Hawke’s Bay for the annual Rice Bowl appeal this year. Schools in the area had contributed most generously.
A recent parade of period clothes held at Mrs T. Morrison’s home in Takapau had raised £30 for the fund, £6 of which had been given to Sherwood school, toward its sponsorship money.