Parents help families tackle social problems

NZ Herald Aug 10, 2009

Manurewa parents have formed a charitable trust to help families tackle the social problems that have led to children going to school hungry. From a prefabricated hut provided by a parent at decile 2 Leabank School, the Parents of Schools in Manurewa (POSM) Trust offers parents courses in life skills such as hygiene, nutrition, cooking, budgeting and gardening, as well as sports and cultural programmes and basic literacy and numeracy.

“We are offering programmes, along with other organisations, to help upskill the parents,” said chairwoman Angela Opai, a dynamic social worker who brushes aside questions about the root causes of the district’s poverty.