Tyron and Principal Helen
If I told you a little boy named Tyron is growing up on a farm, what kinds of images come to mind? Rolling fields, gentle animals and a snug, tidy farmhouse? Surely Tyron's reality is very far from the bucolic vision you might expect.
Tyron is one of the children that Love to Langa is sponsoring to attend the Philippi Children's Centre, thanks to the generosity of donors like you. His tuition is $30 a month and since he is not within walking distance, he requires transportation to school, which is $10 a month. His mother works on the farm where they live, but she cannot afford tuition for Tyron, who will be three years old in September. You can see that he is very small for his age, more the size of a one year old, and as PCC Principal Helen Diedericks says, "I would rather have him be fed and in a safe environment. The food he will receive at the Centre as well as general care and education will make a radical difference to his chances in life."
I had the opportunity to visit Tyron and his family when we were in South Africa in April to help build our new classroom. He was very shy but sweet. We are grateful to be able to provide this potentially life-saving opportunity for him and hope to continue for years to come.
We have lots of exciting new developments to share over the coming months. Thanks again for your support and please take note of the Bonus Day on Wednesday, June 12, where 50% of donations to Love to Langa up to $1,000 will be matched on GlobalGiving!
Tyron in his doorway
Tyron's mother in their home
Tyron and his grandmother
Tyron, his mother (in blue) and other farm workers
Interior view of Tyron's home