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.
revamped wooden shed