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
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Todays post is a beautiful positive message of love that just cannot be stifled. Squatter camp dwellers live in absolute degradation, yet those who love their animals do it from the heart, and when something goes wrong it is catastrophic for them. The adults that allow animals into their hearts and their lives set an example to their children which will be imprinted in the minds forever: love.
Children growing up in these harshest conditions witness levels of violence unimaginable. Loving an animal provides such solace. There are studies that show that animals may provide unique elements to address several post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Sometimes, especially for those children who head up households, the love from an animal is the only love these children know.
There are 2 heroes that I would like to acknowledge here: The first is an animal inspector who doesnt want to be identified. The second is a vet who never refuses the animals he drops off at her to sew back together, sterilise, or treat. This vet is Dr Ash of Orion Veterinary Clinic in Glenanda.
Dr Ash charges him cost price for the consumables she uses only. Making a profit out of treating these animals is unthinkable to her. The inspector has paid for these costs out of his own salary up until now.
Thank you to those of you who have donated towards this informal initiative that I have run, collecting funds for the veterinary care of the animals in Protea South, you are heroes too.
Dr Ash's banking details are:
Orion Veterinary Clinic,
Account number 62784730676,
Branch code 250655
Please use 'Squatter Camp Animals' as a reference.
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