Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R4,950.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 1 | Amount of People in Need: 250
Nazarina Sage’s surname means ‘wise’, and when you have a conversation with her, you’ll nod your head in agreement with that fact. Nazarina is the founder of Uschi Food for Children, which she runs from her home in Tafelsig.
The project started because of the immense number of children who were knocking on Nazarina’s door daily, asking for food. If Mitchell’s Plain is poor, Tafelsig is even poorer, and the area’s children are in a constant struggle to succeed in school and navigate the dangerous gang turfs in which they live – all this on often-empty stomachs.
Nazarina believes that success (or its opposite) isn’t determined by these circumstances, but rather by what a community makes of them, and backs this belief up by pointing out that her own daughter is currently a fourth-year medical student, and her son successfully finished matric.
In the same way she empowered her own children, Nazarina tries to uplift Tafelsig’s youth by being a shoulder to cry on, a nourishing cook, and a sage to all those who knock on her door.
When she began the project in 2013, it was with the help of the owner of the hotel she was working in at the time. With Frank, the owner, on the financial side of things, and Nazarina on the practical cooking side, Uschi Food for Children was steadily feeding Tafelsig’s youth on a weekly basis. They were a great team, and the kids could depend on having at least one balanced delicious meal a week.
Until the money side of things started to dry up, and a regretful Frank had to tell Nazarina that there were no more donations.
That was a few months ago, and since then Nazarina has depended upon sporadic donations in order to continue cooking for Tafelsig’s youth. She is in need of dependable monthly contributions in order to continue her cooking regularly once more. Her dream is to not only be able to take it up regularly again, but to one day open a shelter for children in the area whose homes are dangerous and abusive.
Photographer: Eugene du Plessis from Take MY Hand | Voice Artist: Usisipho Ngxubaza | Writer: Ané Breytenbach