Hermannsburg Happenings

2016-07-20 06:00
 Margaret Sithole and Stella Cockburn at the world’s biggest bird park in Walsrode, Germany.

Margaret Sithole and Stella Cockburn at the world’s biggest bird park in Walsrode, Germany.

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FOR two decades our school has fostered good relations with créches and outreach projects in our areas.

One of these projects is the “Jehova Ngihlenge Créche” (God save us) at Ntunjambili, which was founded by Mr Douglas Sithole and is now run by his widow, Mrs Margaret.

A few years ago, sponsors from Germany, who were supporting the créche, invited her to visit Germany. She was keen on the idea, but needed to time the trip to fit in with the créche being closed for school holidays and insisted that a German-Zulu translator accompany her on this exciting trip.

After a few months of planning and negotiating, it was decided that Stella Cockburn (our German-speaking Zulu teacher and long-standing outreach programme co-ordinator) should accompany her.

The two-and-a-half-week trip was a Thank you, siyabonga and dankeschön to thank Margaret for the selfless and efficient way in which she runs the créche. She in turn wanted to thank the sponsors and supporters who have all either lived in or visited South Africa and have contributed to the success of the outreach projects of our school.

The first stop in Hamburg, was followed by a four-day stay in Celle, four days in the German Hermannsburg, a quick three days in Cologne, a trip to Denmark, and the return to Hamburg to catch the flight home.

The trip proved a wonderful opportunity to meet with friends, former colleagues, former pupils and voluntary workers, who reminisced to find out about the latest developments at the school, especially with regard to the outreach projects.

For Margaret it was a dream come true and a well-deserved treat in recognition of her many years’ hard work.

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