Hungry students in Bloemfontein get some help.
This week we celebrate Nelson Mandela Day, to give 67 minutes of our time to uplift our communities in honor of Madiba's 95th birthday. The well known, out-spoken and respected Rector of the University of Free State, prof. Jonathan Jansen and his wife, Grace have dedicated their lives to upliftment.
They started a feeding scheme at the campus two years ago, to help students who cannot afford food, but have the academic potential to change their lives to take care for their own and their family's future. This is not just on Nelson Mandela Day - its every day.
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No Student Hungry (NSH) Programme
The NSH started operating in 2011 on the initiative of Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the UFS, who raised funds from companies and communities to support this programme. He also donated the royalties of his books ‘We need to talk’, valued at R100,000 towards NSH.
Students on the programme apply for a food bursary and are selected in terms of criteria including financial need, academic performance, participation in student life programmes and a commitment to give something back to the community. The students receive daily meal vouchers to the value of R30 for use at selected campus outlets that offer healthy balanced meals.
Initially only 100 students could be accommodated on the programme, but with support from donors this number was raised to 110. More funding is, however, needed to reach many more hungry but academically strong students. The programme was extended to our Qwaqwa Campus in the Eastern Free State earlier this year.
Mrs Grace Jansen, wife of Prof. Jansen and Mrs Carin Buys, wife of Mr Rudi Buys, Dean of Student Affairs, are volunteers and patrons of the project. “I have been and continue to be touched by the stories of these courageous young people whom, despite great odds, succeed. All they need is a bit of help and encouragement on our part. It is an honour and a privilege to serve the student community at the UFS,” Mrs Jansen says.
The NHS forms part of The Human Project of the university which is designed to create empathetic and supportive environments for learning and living that enable students to more readily build bridges towards each other across the fault-lines of race, class, dis/ability, national origins and ethnicity. “When especially disadvantaged students sense that they are cared for not only in terms of their academic needs but also in relation to their more basic human needs, we find a greater capacity for participation in matters of reconciliation and restoration,” she says.
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