In the words of Nelson Mandela, “ Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” and we too believe that without access to a high quality education there can never be social uplifment. It is for this reason that we run both a pre-school for young children between the ages of 3 and 6, as well as an aftercare program for primary and high school children from indigent homes.
Elizabeth Zondi and our 4 pre-school teachers, are doing a marvellous job of working with the 60 young children we have enrolled – all of whom come from extremely poor homes and who are provided with a loving, caring place in which to receive the mental, physical and spiritual stimulation which is essential for the development of their young minds and bodies. All our pre-school children also receive a nutritious lunch before going home. This is made possible through funding from The Department of Social Welfare, for which we are extremely grateful.
On weekday afternoons, we have a structured Aftercare programme to provide assistance to primary and high school children who need a quiet place in which to do their homework, as well as any supervision and assistance they require to complete these tasks. Once their homework is complete, they then enthusiastically participate in the making of special crafts, music as well as sporting activities.
Desmond Sokhela is working with two young teams of soccer players which he trains every evening at a local soccer ground, which certainly keeps these young men fit and healthy. They have shown the most tremendous team spirit and have thrived on being part of the local Howick Soccer League, which plays matches every weekend. We also have an Under 13 netball team, which trains under Hloni Zikhali.