Located in Mapetla, Soweto, our 1000m sq vegetable garden is planted on the former rubbish dump of this school.
We recognised that the standard of education needed to be uplifted in this school, to this end we introduced various initiatives which have gone a long way in bringing dignity and support to the children, parents and staff at the school.
Most of the pupils attending this school are from child /grandmother/sick mother headed households. Since our arrival in 2012, we have been integral to the school’s survival and success (our thriving vegetable garden project as well as assistance in times of need). This is the only Tswana speaking school in the area and closure of this school will be very costly for parents who want an education in Tswana.
We have not only restocked a looted Grade 0/R classrooms, provided emotional support after a scandal erupted, and financed emergency infrastructure repairs, but we have provided enrichment programs and hosted educational and fun events in which learners have been involved.
Through networking and collaboration with the Kirsty Watts Foundation and the Gauteng Department of Education, a new grade R classroom was built out of recycled bottles. This was necessary to alleviate overcrowding.
We have supplied nearly 200 children with school shoes, thanks to the Kirsty Watts Foundation, The Angel Network, and private funding.
We assist desperately impoverished children by buying school uniforms.
Parents/caregivers from this school access vegetables easily and very reasonably from the vegetable garden on the property.
1800+ children reached since 2012
R1.87m saved by the community just because the school remained open and there was access to free education for these children.
Access to learning for Tswana children.
New classroom has increased capacity and reduced overcrowding and increased the potential of the school to be one of preschool excellence
Our efforts have resulted in a the school being uplifted and the infrastructure improved.
We have impacted the NGO’s working at the school who dont have to relocate, the school itself, parents/caregivers, teachers, learners, the community and the Department of Education.
A brand new grade R classroom built from recycled water bottles New school uniforms
New school shoes
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
The initial results of the Noah Project questionnaires that the grade 8 learners who have participated in the Noah Project have come out. From January 2019 we have been taking a high school of grade 8 learners back weekly to the level that their benchmark maths tests placed them on - grade 3 - in lessons designed by Singapore Maths South Africa. We are trying to slot a maths foundation. The most incredible bunch of tutors give the experiential lessons, they are so loved and are so kind to the learners. We can see an entire change in the mindset. They are beginning to believe in themselves, they are realising that maths is not as scary as they thought. They are so enjoying those lessons! They get e'Pap Technology to eat before each session, most like it and a few don't, but those who like it have taken home 5 packets. They all understand it gives them energy. They are having counselling too, this also got a good score. What a program - the most intense we have ever done. It is a pilot study and we literally have problem solved weekly. To everyone who has worked as hard as we have, especially our amazing tutors (who don't beat the learners - so sad that this was one of the comments) - bless you all. ...
'I will never forget this day, 1 May' was the message sent to me on whatsapp by Lenny, mom of little Prisca, who lives in Zambia.
Prisca is already a teenager and finally has a wheelchair of her own which guarantees her independence. Her legs dont work as ours do, other than that she is a teenager like any other, she just grew up in a place where there isn't adequate healthcare. She is now mobile and soon she will be whizzing around her village Lulumba, in Chingola. Thankfully this chair is an all- terrain wheelchair. A regular chair wouldn't last long on those surfaces.
To The Paige Project......you magnificent people!!!!! This chair came to you and you allowed it to be earmarked for Prisca. You have given this little family a new life, thank you so humbly. To Melody Eggar whose husband Harold made sure that the chair arrived safely....you are my absolute very best. Sean Kennedy from SKF Zambia LTD, you loaded this chair onto your truck in SA and delivered it to the family in Zambia. And lastly to Ruth Stubbs who works for the Paige Project, you have dedicated your life to children like Prisca, collecting previously used disability equipment from all over the province for similar children. May a million blessings fall upon you from the heavens.
People suffer so much in Africa, just to have brought some joy to a little one and her mother is such therapy for the soul! ...
Looking for a therapist (perhaps doing community service and who lives in Joburg) who works in a rural community. Need to take aluminium walking sticks to hand out FOR FREE to the needy in those communities out in the middle of nowhere. These sticks are from Rotary Northcliff and are intended to help those who have nothing. They are not to be sold. Please inbox me, I need to distribute them. ...
Northcliff Rotary Club my heart is filled with such admiration and love for you. Dave Woodhouse, you and your team have operated out of an underground parking lot in the middle of town for umpteen years, selfless dedication. The oldest and the youngest with physical limitations come looking for disability equipment. There is something for everyone here at reduced rates or for free if needs be. Containers filled with previously loved wheelchairs and more arrive regularly from various countries and every Friday the shop opens from 12 pm to 2pm. Thank you for this service to humanity. ...