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.
Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation is running a maths program in a very poorly performing school in Soweto. We are taking grade 8 learners back to where the problem started, grade 3/4 maths. This program is phenomenal, its being run by Lord of Singapore Maths South Africa. Learners are getting e'Pap Technology before the lesson on a Saturday (children take 4 packets), and The Family Life Centre has run a counselling program with the children. Our numbers have dwindled and I insisted on them being tested to see their maths skills, the results appeared to be very so -so. Whew was I disappointed. I went to the school this week to discuss with them who will be invited to the incredible day that we have planned at the end of September. Wow. I should have done this months ago. The head of department at the school, and the teacher who oversees the needs of the most needy children happened to meet me. They told me they had smiled all morning when they looked at the list of learners Lord had identified to be invited, our 'frequent flyers'. They were essentially the children who had absolutely nothing. They came from the most poverty stricken families, they had no clothes or school shoes, they have seen the worst of humankind. These children saw a future for themselves. They were determined to lift themselves out of poverty. These are the children who we are assisting! I have long noticed that look of despair in their eyes and the threadbare clothes many wear, but I didnt put two and two together. Going back to our aim of the program, there is was: to develop a love for maths and instill self confidence in children. The Noah Project is a resounding success. Marks are not the issue here, we are building children who live in hell. So so proud. ...
Remember this little man, Tumelo? I carried him out of his shocking shack 2 years ago, weighing just 13kg, aged 9. He was covered in faeces, had no clothes and was covered by a dirty towel. Rats had bitten off the tIps of some of his toes. Matthew Du Plessis of the SA Human Rights Commission stepped in to facilitate his removal.
Here he is today, bless Little Eden Society. Still in his own world, but thriving. Sister Maritza....bless you again.Moira Simpson of Kids Haven took in his siblings and cousin. Thank heavens for such wonderful people with such huge hearts. Michael Said ...
The lifespan of a dog in the squatter camps is around 9 months I think. The conditions there are shocking, food is minimal and there are maniacs who are so disturbed, they get a kick out of killing.....so with that heres an update on the puppies that were chained to their kennels, an animal inspector put them on wire runners and they ran up and down very happily for about a month.
They are no more. Poisoned. A very upset grandmother came to tell me this on Wednesday.
As usual it has taken me a few days to internalise and post. Life is so bizarrely cruel there that its difficult to speak about on the day, a few days later it starts making sense.
Another good day helping dogs and a cat in the squatter camp. Two more dogs taken for sterilization, one put on a wire runner. Warmest thank you to Tercia Smith of Marltons pet products for the donation of deworming liquid and collars, as well as Jen Mills of Ascendis Health. The collars we will keep for dogs who have been tied up to kennels, they will be part of the runners. ...
God bless those who make it their life's work to care for the helpless. We salute you Little Eden Society who have taken in Meshack and Shadrack, the twins who lived in such deprivation and who so desperately need assistance as their little bodies become weaker and more debilitated. Their parents have cared for them with love and devotion for 6 years now from home - a shack - in Protea South Squatter camp. As they get older things will get more demanding for mom, she has a 3 month old baby as well. Mealtimes will take hours as they struggle to eat. Enter wonderful Sister Maritza, she is in charge of the home. She has also seen the boys plight and is familiar with their home circumstances from FB. She took them in, not flinching that there were 2 of them, recognizing this was a lifesaving move. Their lives would have been shortened and filled with much suffering if she hadnt take pity on them. Here they will be fed full bowls of food (they just ate and ate and ate), and then had dessert. They will have therapy and even have a juccuzi weekly. Meshi has so deteriorated over the last 8 months, he is a shadow of who he was, he is now worse than Shadi. They will have their own beds, therapy, and hours of stimulation. Mom will come visit, but their survival won't depend on her anymore. Isn't this what its all about - fellow human beings trying make life bearable for those who are born into such terrible adversity? ...