From 20 December to 30 December 2021, Kulan Somali Organisation (KSO) teamed up with several organisations including Newham council to offer a range of food support and activities as part of the government-funded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.
The scheme was free for those in receipt of free school meals and their families.
There was food provision (meals provided), sports activities, arts and drama, mentoring, healthy eating and nutrition tutorials as well two fun day outings including cinema.
Awrala, alongside staff and volunteers who organised and run the HAF programme, said: “they knew only too well that the holidays can be a really difficult time for families who are struggling.“It’s such a weight off their shoulders to know that there is a safe space for their children to go, where their minds can be stimulated, and where they are guaranteed at least one meal a day.”
Roda, chair of KSO, adds: “The pandemic has hit the most vulnerable and disadvantaged the hardest, with food poverty at the heart of the difficulties for many families. It’s crucial that we are supporting struggling families so that they can overcome these challenges and thrive.”
Food provision and activities were inclusive of all children and young people, including those who may have a disability, language barrier or who have Special Educational Needs.
Following the success of the Christmas programme, the HAF project will return across the Easter holidays, to continue to provide children in receipt of free school meals with a free place to go to enjoy fun activities and food in the school holidays.
For further information about the HAF programme, please contact Awrala - email@example.com