Tengo Foundation buy school uniforms for needy

2017-01-11 06:02
Reverend Dr Xolani Tengo. Photo: SUPPLIED

Reverend Dr Xolani Tengo. Photo: SUPPLIED

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HEAD of the Tengo Dialogue Foundation 4 Community Development Network Trust, Reverend Dr Xolani Tengo, has launched a Back To School Campaign which is aimed at collecting school uniforms for children coming from poor backgrounds who cannot afford to buy uniforms.

The launch, attended by some of Rev. Tengo’s friends in business and ministry, was held at Studio Lounge in Zwide last Wednesday.

The TDF is the initiative of Rev. Dr Tengo, who is an ordained minister of the Combined Methodist Church of South Africa and is driven by the motto of “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained”.

Tengo of KwaNdokwenza in Kwazakhele is a community development activist to improve the situation of the poorest of the poorest in Nelson Mandela Bay and entire Eastern Cape Province.

He called on business people and those who can afford to, to buy school uniforms in the form of shoes (sizes 1 to 5) and shirts (sizes from ages 7 to 14 years). Tengo is targeting 2 500 pupils as beneficiaries.

According to Tengo, the Foundation conducted a needs assessments of various pupils and discovered that most of them were staying with grandparents and guardians of who some depended on old-age pension grants or were without any income whatsoever.

“In 2015 TDF managed to collect 15 000 sanitary towels for learners at 10 high and primary schools in the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage Districts of the Department of Basic Education,” said Tengo.

In 2016 they supported four soup kitchens and pre-schools with food and cooking utensils.

This is over and above the 100 food parcels they gave to vulnerable pupils in 15 different schools in the Port Elizabeth district. This was with the assistance of local business, he said.

In December 2016 we managed to give 150 families in Lingelihle Township in Cradock food parcels to the value of R750 as Christmas package.

“We were approached by various schools in Port Elizabeth including Coega, Mbasa, BJ Mnyanda Primary and Ithembelihle Comprehensive High School, as well as Cradock’s AB Zambodla Lower Primary and Solomon Akena Senior Primary School, for school uniforms,” said Tengo.

All contributions can be delivered at their offices at 71 Newton Street, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth.

For more info, contact 041 365 0013 or 041 365 5951 and ask for Vuyokazi or Sherly

Rev. Tengo can also be contacted via:

Email : tengodialogue@gmail.com

WhatsApp No: 083 696 9767

Facebook: Rev’d Xolani Tengo

Twitter : @xtengo1 and @mrevtengo

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