Lehlohonolo gets overseas help

2017-06-01 06:01

A group of university students from the USA have made good on their word to raise funds to help a struggling local school to revamp their school feeding facility and bring their garden back to life.

About 45 Bryant University students from Rhode Island descended on Lehlohonolo Public Primary School on Monday to hand over about R11000 and donate compost for their garden.

According to Professor Eileen Kwesiga, who was in the contingent, they had realised that they are all over the world helping poor communities, except Africa.

They chose to come to South Africa, through their association with Arcadia University, which is based in Rondebosch.

The students study different disciplines at the university, including in the political, business and cultural faculties.

What’s more, they even applied to be included in the programme to come to South Africa, according to Kwesiga.

And on Monday, Kwesiga and her students rolled up their sleeves and ploughed into the school’s vegetable garden.

They planted seedlings of different vegetables, which, when they grow, are used in the school’s kitchen as part of their nutrition programme.

“They are highly motivated coming to Africa to do the kind of work they are doing. They understand the challenges facing South Africa and are determined to give back,” Kwesiga said.

Principal Ntsiki Seabe said the project was as a result of their cooperation with Acacia Global and Sinako, an NGO that helps set up vegetable gardens in indigent schools.

She said the partnership has already borne fruit for their school.

“The donation will be used to renovate the learners’ eating quarters into a dining hall, because in winter the present containers cannot accommodate all our pupils.”

The school of about 362 learners has other challenges that need attention.

“Our computer lab is not functioning to capacity as our computers have not been upgraded in a long time. Our library needs sprucing up as well.” She said apart from the manure, the students have also raised funds to buy the implements used in the garden.

Kwesiga announced that the partnership will yield more improvements to the school.

“We are planning to make use of the available space here to build a basketball court.”

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