‘Ladies in orange’ donate goods

2015-09-03 06:00

Zuziwe Mputa handing over uniforms to a learner at Impendulo Primary School in Khayelitsha.

Zuziwe Mputa handing over uniforms to a learner at Impendulo Primary School in Khayelitsha.

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Touched by the plight of some township learners, members of Ubuhlobo Burial Society visited four primary schools where they donated much needed uniforms and stationery.

Ubuhlobo Burial Society’s chairlady Zuziwe Mputa said they decided to “donate clothes and books” to children worst affected by poverty at those schools.

“Working with teachers at the schools concerned, we were able to select 24 learners, 14 girls and 10 boys,” she said.

Mputa said it was part of their Woman’s Month celebrations and they wanted to make a profound gesture.

“We are a women only organisation and we believe in uplfiting the community,” she said.

Another Ubuhle Burial Society official Ndileka Hude said in their research, they discovered that most primary school learners came from destitute families and that this impacted negatively on children.

“We bought uniforms and books but the selection criteria was very stringent to ensure that only those most in need received the goods,” she said.

Academic excellence was also used as guideline to select the children.

It was not only materiaslitic stuff they received but also words of wisdom from Ubuhlobo members.

“Most of our members are professionals and we used our visits to the schools to motivate the children. We told them we came from difficult backgrounds ourselves, but we were able to conquer that,” said Hude.

An elated Impendulo Primary School principal Pheliswa Busika said she was taken aback when the “ladies in orange” rocked up at the school.

“We felt priveledged because we know the hardships that our children go through. This was a moral boosting visit and the children who received know the value of this,” she said.

Busika said the learners will always remember this day.

“It breaks my heart when I see children suffering and after the ladies had left, you felt it in the air that something profound had taken place. Their motivational talk left even the teachers invigorated,” she added.

Mputa said they would be monitoring the learners they selected so that in future they can even organise bursaries for them

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