LAMULA PRIMARY SCHOOL ALTERATIONS UPDATE
Soul of Africa is focusing it's efforts on the Lower Molweni Valley in Kwa,Zulu Natal, South Africa. Lamula Primary School is one of the two primary schools in the area that has benefited from Soul Of Africa donations so far for 2013.
Lamula Promary School was build in 1994 and the current enrollment is 235 pupils from grade R to grade 7. Lamula Headmaster, Mr Khumalo approached Soul Of Africa in 2012, to help with the ablution problems they were experiencing. The ablution blocks were on the boundary fence of the school property and were pit ablutions i.e. no running water, impossible to clean and therefore a complete health hazard.
The Lamula Primary School ablutions / alterations, were on our Soul Of Africa 'Wish List' and we are very proud to say that we have been able to make the alterations and more for the little primary school! This is what we have achieved so far.
Soul Of Africa have added a separate ablution block onto the existing Grade R classroom, which houses the pre-school toilets. We have added a small separate boys and girls toilet with small sized toilets for the under 6-year-olds. Once the toilets are complete a fence will be erected to separate the classroom, ablution block and jungle gym area from the main primary school.
The primary school toilet block is almost complete. There is a girls block, a boys block and a separate teachers toilet in between these two.
For the second time in a six-month-period, the electric cabling that runs overhead has been stolen. Soul Of Africa has replaced the cable. We have instructed the electrician to place the schools entire cabling system underground to prevent the theft.
TO DO LIST: (to be completed by March 2013)
SPEND IN TOTAL: R300,000.00 / £21,155.00 / $33,527)
Soul Of Africa have decided to focus our funding in the Lower Molweni Valley of 1000 Hills in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa as the Valley has a high number of orphans and vulnerable children and the HIV AIDS rate is one of the highest in this Province of South Africa. We have supported this community in the past and continue to do so with the aim of building a strong self-sustainable community and go give the children of Lower Molweni the tools to equip them for a successful future! These are the projects we will be supporting and those that are on our wish list... those that we are so hoping to help.... help us make a difference :)
KHETHOKUHLE (to look after well) CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE:Rotary and Soul Of Africa were approached by the Molweni community of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2008 to assist them with a problem they were facing in their area. The creche, which looked after children from three months to five years old, was ill-equipped to tend to the children's needs and required assistance. The creche provides a vital service to the community where unemployment is rife and mothers who have jobs need somewhere safe to leave their children when they go to work. Sexual and physical abuse is commonly experienced by children who are left to roam around with no supervision. Apart from scarring the children psychologically, this adds to the already severe AIDS situation. Many of the Khethokuhle children are orphans, dropped off by their older siblings on their way to and from school. Previously, approximately 30 of the children were being cared for in a rusting tin shack in the sweltering South African climate, with no electricity or ventilation. Khethokuhle means 'To Look After Well'. Soul Of Africa stepped in and spent R173,222.00 ($18,428.00, 10,562.00) building a new Child Care Development Centre for the children and Rotary donated R200,000.00 ($25,445.00, 14,412.00) toward the building of toilets and supplying water tanks, fencing, carpeting, furntiure, mattresses as well as educational material. Beauty Memela, 36, a local mother who runs the centre, indicates a boy of three devouring a bowl of porridge with gusto. "He's left here by his sister of 14. They must walk four kilometres from where they stay with relatives, and often there is no food. We give our little ones breakfast and lunch, but it would be wonderful to feed the older siblings too. Beauty, who runs Khethokuhle, and her staff have no experience in managing the centre and consequently the children are only getting two meals a day and very basic care. The opportunity is so much greater for these children to have educational stimulation to make sure they are ready to attend and reach their full potential when they reach school going age, so Soul Of Africa, through a donation from The Burkett Foundation, have teamed up with NELRU (Natal Early Learining Resource Unit). Soul Of Africa have funded Beauty's training with NELRU at R14,000.00 ($1,612.00, 999.00), three of the other caregivers at Khethokuhle went on an orientation course with NELRU at R7500.00 ($863.00, 535.00) each.
THOLULWAZI HIGH SCHOOL: Philangethemba, an outreach project of St Agnes Church, approached Soul Of Africa to assist Tholulwazi High School in building and equipping a science classroom and laboratory. Tholulwazi High School is the feeder school for Bazimile Primary School. Tholulwazi was built in 1996 and currently schools 526 high school pupils between the ages of 13 - 18. Mrs Thembi Dlamini, Head of Department, who is desperately wanting a laboratory for her pupils says, "It is one thing teaching my pupils something in theory and asking them to visualize the practical. Being able to put the theory into practice will make the world of difference to these children that are so hungry for education!" Soul Of Africa will be funding the building, equipping of a laboratory for Tholulwazi High School, as well as training at a cost of approximately R250,000.00 ($28,755.00, 17,819.00). Soul Of Africa will also be funding an independent NGO C.A.S.M.E (Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education) assessment. The centre's focus is on the advancement of mathematics and science teachers' subject competence and teaching skills in South African schools. After the assessment Soul Of Africa will have an expert plan of the schools needs in facilities/ training /equipment and be in a better position to fund. LAMULA PRIMARY SCHOOL: Lamula Primary School is one of two primary schools in the Molweni Valley. Lamula Primary School was built in 1994 and the current enrolment is 235 pupils from grade R to grade 7. Lamula Headmaster, Mr Khumalo has approached Soul Of Africa to help build a grade R classroom as the current one is too small. The current ablution blocks are on the boundry fence of the school property and are pit ablutions i.e. no running water, impossible to clean and are a complete health hazard. This project is on Soul Of Africa's 'Wish List' and we are hoping to be able to build a new classroom, a new ablution block attached to the Grade R classroom for the little ones, as well as revamping the existing ablution block by putting in new toilets, basins and by connecting water.
BAZIMILE PRIMARY SCHOOL: Bazimile Primary School is a government primary school that currently educates 590 primary school learners. 40% of these pupils are orphans and there are two child headed households (these are households where older children take over parenting responsibilities when their parents die). Most children at Bazimile are cared for by their grandparents. Bazimile Primary school is the feeder school for Khethokuhle Child Care Development Centre. Says Sarah Geyde, co-founder of Soul Of Africa, "We found that once our children of Khethokuhle (which is rapidly growing) reached school going age (grade R), Bazimile could not cope with the volume of grade R children." Bazmile started operating in 1958 and the classrooms were community built. The number of classrooms was 15, including the grade R classroom. "The grade R classroom was tiny and packed to the rafters with 63 six-year-olds who absolutely love school! We saw the need for a second grade R classroom", says Sarah, "and upon closer inspection found that we needed to repair the foundations of all the existing buildings too as these were not done properly in 1958, and with the heavy rains that come through the school, the foundations have eroded and the buildings were cracking. While we were building it seemed that the grade 2 classroom was also overflowing with eager learners so we revamped a dilapidated shed that now houses a second grade 2 class," says Sarah. Soul Of Africa spent a total of R351,828.49 ($40,430.00, 25,064.00) on repairs, upgrades, a new grade R classroom, revamp of wooden shed for a temporary grade 2 classroom. The grade R teacher, Nomvuyo Shezi was also sent to NELRU for teacher training at a cost of R14,090.40 ($1,620.00 1,004.00). With the downturn in the economy some funders are unfortunately no longer in a position to fund NELRU. NELRU say they will continue to do the odd visit to all their schools in 2012 and assist where necessary and possible without funding. They've said that they would be most grateful for any straight donation to NELRU. Soul Of Africa will continue to support NELRU where possible. Soul Of Africa is hoping their next project for Bazimile Primary school will be to build a new grade 2 classroom at a cost of approximately R417,000.00 ($47,942.00, 29,722.00) A mobile library has also been suggested by NELRU for 2013 - this would be of great benefit to Nomvuyo as she is situated at the primary school. The cost of the mobile library will be approximately R5000 ($575.00, 357.00).
PHILANGETHEMBA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, YOUTH AND STITCHING CENTRE: With many adolescents finishing school and facing unemployment, the community of Molweni with St Agnes Church, decided to build a skills development centre behind the Tholulwazi High School, to train and teach pupils and members of the community. Many pupils complete their schooling and are faced with the reality that they cannot afford tertiary edcuation or find employment - many of these children are forced into a life of crime to make ends meet. The tiny building was not big enough and soon it became imperative to expand the centre to accommodate and teach more children. Soul Of Africa paid for an extension onto the already existing building. R120,000.00 ($13,804.00, 8,554.00) was donated toward a media centre which doubles up as a boardroom where children meet with a social worker to discuss social issues that impact on their lives, and as young South Africans, how they are able to change these. In addition to this, the extension also teaches handcraft and beadwork and doubles up as a stitching centre creating employment. The youth of the centre also run holiday workshops for pre and primary school children as well as high school children during the school holidays. This way children are fed and kept off the streets. On Soul Of Africa's 'Wish List' is to build and equip a computer room for the children of Tholulwazi High School to use during school, and for the community to use after hours. The reason for the build at Philangethema is because of security, maintenance of computers and trained personnel from Philangathemba to help teach.
Soul Of Africa creates self-sustainable employment for previously unemployed women in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. These women are trained to hand-stitch products like shoes and clothing, which in turn leads to the transferral of skills, giving them the self empowering ability to look after their families and provide essential healthcare. Soul Of Africa products are sold in South Africa as well as internationally. Although profit is made, it is all donated back toward the care and upkeep of orphans and vulnerable children often affected by AIDS in South Africa. To date Soul Of Africa has raised R16,860,000.00 ($1,921,019.00, 1,203,117.00) which has all been ploughed back into South Africa communities to give children a better chance at life. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS BUYING A SOUL OF AFRICA PRODUCT!
Soul Of Africa continues to make a difference to the lives of orphans and vulnerable children as well as unemployment in South Africa. Our latest project has been a South African government primary school in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Bazimile Primary School is a government primary school that currently educates 590 primary school learners. 40% of these pupils are orphans and there are two child headed households (these are households where older children take over parenting responsibilities when their parents die). Most children at Bazimile are cared for by their grandparents.
Bazimile Primary School is the feeder school for another one of Soul Of Africa’s projects, Khethokuhle Child Development Care Centre. Says Sarah Geyde, co founder of Soul Of Africa, “We found that once our children of Khethokuhle (which is rapidly growing) reached school going age (grade R), Bazimile could not cope with the volume of grade R children.”
Bazimile started operating in 1958 and the classrooms were community built. The number of classrooms was 15, including the grade R classroom. “The grade R classroom was tiny and packed to the rafters with 63 six-year-olds who absolutely LOVE school! We saw the need for a second grade R classroom”, says Sarah, “and upon closer inspection found that we needed to repair the foundations of all the existing buildings too as these were not done properly in 1958, and with the heavy rains that come through the school, the foundations have eroded and the buildings have started to crack.”
“While we were building it seemed that the Grade 2 classroom was also overflowing with eager learners so we revamped a dilapidated wooden shed that now houses a second Grade2 class,” says Sarah.
Soul Of Africa spent a total of R200,000.00 (£15,364,58) on repairs, upgrades, a new grade R classroom, revamp of wooden shed for a temporary grade 2 classroom. In August 2012 building of a new grade 2 classroom will be underway. We are also funding teacher training through NELRU for the grade R teacher at R14,090.40 (£1,082.39).
* Soul Of Africa creates self-sustainable employment for previously unemployed women in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. These women are trained to hand-stitch products like shoes, and clothing and, which in turn lead to the transferral of skills, giving them the self empowering ability to look after their families and provide essential healthcare. Soul Of Africa products are sold in South Africa as well as international retailers such as Clarks and NEXT.
Although profit is made, it is all donated back toward the care and upkeep of orphans and vulnerable children affected by AIDS in South Africa. To date Soul Of Africa has raised over R14million, which has all been ploughed back into South African communities to give children a better chance at life.
HIV/AIDS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
An estimated 5.6million people were living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2009, the highest number of people in any country. In the same year, it was estimated that 310,000 South Africans died of AIDS-related causes, reflecting the huge number of lives that the country has lost to AIDS over the last couple of decades.
CHILDREN AND HIV/AIDS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
South Africa’s HIV and AIDS pandemic has had a devastating effect on the children of the country. There were an estimated 330,000 under 15’s living with HIV in 2009, a figure that has almost doubled since 2001. HIV in South Africa is transmitted predominantly through heterosexual sex, with mother-to-child transmission being the other main infection route. Because the virus is transmitted from the child’s mother in cases of mother-to-child transmission, the HIV-infected child is born into a family where the virus may have already had a sever impact on health, income, productivity and the ability to care for each other.
The age brackets that AIDS most heavily targets – younger adults – means it is not uncommon for one or more parents to die for AIDS while their offspring are young. The number of premature deaths due to HIV/AIDS has risen significantly over the last decades from 39% to 75% in 2010.
The loss of a parent not only has an immense emotional impact on children, but, for most families can spell financial hardship. One survey on HIV’s impact on households found that, ‘80% of the sample would lose more than half their per capita income and with the death of the highest income earner, suggesting a lingering and debilitating shock of death.”
ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN:
It is estimated there are over 2million AIDS orphans where one or both parents are deceased in South Africa, and that the HIV and AIDS pandemic is responsible for half of the country’s orphans. Another estimate puts the proportion of maternal orphans – those who have lost their mother – orphaned by AIDS as over 70%. Orphans may put pressure on older relatives who become their primary carers; they may have to relocate from their familiar neighbourhood and siblings may be split apart, all of which can harm their development. Child Headed Households are also very often the result of both parents passing away – the oldest child takes over the parenting responsibility, which is debilitating.
WHY ARE OUR CHILDREN DYING?
Despite global commitments to combat HIV and AIDS and to reduce child mortality, more than 1000 children continue to be newly infected with HIV every day and life-saving anti-retroviral treatment remains absent for the majority of children living in low-and middle-income areas…. more than half these children will die as a result of AIDS. In addition, millions more children every year are indirectly affected by the pandemic as a result of the death and suffering caused in their families and communities.
Preventing HIV infection, providing life prolonging treatment and relieving the impact of HIV and AIDS for children and their families and communities is possible. However, a lack of necessary investment and resources for adequate testing, anti-retroviral drugs, and prevention programmes, as well as stigma and discrimination, mean children continue to suffer the consequences of the pandemic.
WHAT SOUL OF AFRICA IS DOING TO LEAVE A LEGACY?
Soul Of Africa aims to lessen the impact of HIV on orphans and vulnerable children and youth through the sale of hand-stitched shoes. These shoes are hand-stitched by previously unemployed women in South Africa which in turn promotes local industry and creates self-sustainable employment in a country that has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. Profits from the shoe sales are donated to the Soul Of Africa Trust to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. Since 2005 Soul Of Africa has raised over $2million… ensuring children are able to survive beyond childhood.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
It’s as simple as buying a pair of shoes or making a donation on the Global Giving website!!!!! Visit our website have a look at the Soul Of Africa range or to follow more of our projects.
As South African President Jacob Zumu outlined in a landmark 2009 World AIDS Day speech, South Africa has had to overcome massive challenges in its past: “At another moment in our history, in another context, the liberation movement observed that the time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices: submit or fight! That time has now come in our struggle to overcome AIDS. Let us declare now, as we declared then, that we shall not submit!”
The figure below show the number of children (defined by UNAIDS as under-15’s) directly affected by HIV/AIDS:
LETS GIVE OUR CHILDREN MORE THAN HOPE… LET’S LEAVE THEM A LEGACY!
The number of AIDS orphans thrust into parenthood in South Africa paints a grim picture of reality. Child headed household are not uncommon throughout Kwa-Zulu Natal - the hardest hit province in South Africa – long the hardest-hit nation in the world. Sadly these many of these children will never have an education or know what it feels like to kick a soccer ball around or play with a doll…. to just be a child….
In 2006, Beauty Memela, a then 36-year-old mother living in the AIDS ravaged Valley of Inanda had a dream that she thought she would never be able to turn into a reality. Distressed by the growing number of child headed households in the area Beauty knew she had to somehow make a plan to look after the younger orphans so that their siblings would be able to go back to school and get the education they so desperately needed - to make something of their lives …. The South African government does not fund many or enough pre-school programmes so Beauty approached her local church and from a rusting tin shack on the property of the church – Khethokuhle was born. The small tin shack was divided into two rooms – a tiny classroom and a minute kitchen where meals (when food was available) could be cooked for the children.
Besides looking after orphans from child headed households, Khethokuhle was providing a vital service to the community, where unemployment is rife and mothers who have jobs need somewhere safe to leave their children when they go to work. Sexual and physical abuse is commonly experienced by children who are left to roam around with no supervision. Apart from scarring the children psychologically, this adds to the already severe AIDS situation.
It didn’t take long before Beauty’s Khethokuhle which means ‘to look after well’ was packed to the rafters with 30 eager pre-school children from the age of 3months to five years old and Beauty realized that another plan would have to be made. She approached Rotary for help who in turn contacted Soul Of Africa who immediately took the opportunity to help Beauty look after her children well!
Soul Of Africa raises money to assist AIDS affected orphans in South Africa. They raise money to assist Child Care Development Centres (CCDC’s) which house, feed and educate orphans through the sale of shoes. These shoes are hand-stitched by unemployed women from Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, who are not only earning a living but are also learning valuable skills therefore self sustainable employment. To date over R15million has been raised.
Soul Of Africa spent R173,222.00 ($18,428, £10,562) building a new Child Care Development Centre for the children and Rotary donated R200,000 ($25,445, £14,412) toward the building of toilets and supplying water tanks, fencing, carpeting, furniture, mattresses as well as educational material and teaching aids. Whilst Soul Of Africa fund the brick and mortar to build the Child Care Development Centres while Rotarians pay for just about everything else, including kitchen equipment, teacher training, books, toys an even gardening tools. Rotarians also monitor expenditures, select and implement projects and provide hands-on volunteer help.
Tirelessly working through the years to assist these children who have become like her own, Beauty, who is in her second year of pre-school training thanks to Soul Of Africa and Nelru, is testament to the fact that we can all make a difference no matter how big or small. Talking about her next big dream, Beauty says, “Many of my children are orphans dropped off by their older brothers and sisters on their way too and from school,” as she indicates to a boy of three devouring a bowl of porridge with rapt attention. “He’s left here by his sister of 14. They must walk four kilometers from where they stay with relatives, and often there is no food. We give all our little ones breakfast and lunch, but it would be wonderful to feed their older siblings too when they come to fetch them, and have facilities here for them to do homework and play a bit too.” This dream can be turned into a reality with your help… It’s as simple as buying a pair of Soul Of Africa Shoes!
*Child Care Development Centres
Child Care Development Centres (CCDC's) have been developed with Rotary, offering assistance in the poorest areas. The South African Government has a very limited budget for funding pre-school programs, and due to extreme poverty and pressure AIDS has put on informal communities, a system has developed where a 'grandmother' figure is taking pre-school children in for the day, offering care and food (where possible). Without these informal pre-schools, children are left alone, neglected and often abused. Rotary helps identify recipients and together with Soul Of Africa, builds classrooms, supplies educational equipment, fencing, toilets, food, training and assists with access to healthcare.
**Nelru (Natal Early Learning Resource Unit)
Natal Early Learning Resource Unit (NELRU) is a Pre-School Teacher Training Centre that has been active since 1979 and to date hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from their training courses and in-service training of teachers. Their aim is to facilitate pre-school education by providing support, resources and training to communities, organizations and committees endeavoring to provide educare for their children. NELRU also acts as an upliftment and resource centre for disadvantaged communities all of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Working in under-privileged areas, they promote pre-school education and upgrade crèches by putting in educational programmes, doing in-service training, running lecture courses, workshops etc.
NELRU are going to train Beauty and the 3 caregivers that work with her: Maria, Nomvula and Penelope, and Soul Of Africa are funding this training at an amount of R58,938.10
(for more information on Soul Of Africa visit www.soulofafricacharity.org)
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