The heartbreaking letter from a principal forced to beg for help
OPINION: "Dearest Aroha, I am sending you this email because I am desperate. I know KidsCan helps schools and I think it is amazing. We have very poor children … we've had children faint from hunger. I can't afford it myself to keep on buying out of my pocket.
"Please can you help us … I am really standing hat in hand for these children."
This was a letter we received at KidsCan from an early childhood centre begging for help.
The truly heartbreaking bit is that they are far from alone. This is why we have launched a new programme - the first of its kind in New Zealand - to help children under the age of five. For the last 13 years we've been supporting school kids with food and clothing. Now it's time to nourish our tiniest minds and bodies with the support they deserve.
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