Award-winning club outgrows baby shoes

2016-11-01 06:00

The Red Hill Reading Club, started in 2010, has grown so much it now needs its own space.

Started by Buyiswa Ponti, the youth reading club started as a way to get local children reading and help them with homework after school. In 2011, she noticed that many of the children who came to her home were also hungry, and with the help of other locals she started giving them sandwiches.

Ponti won a Lead SA award for her work with the reading club in 2014. After her work day, Ponti sits and reads with the children or helps them with homework. Around 150 children participate in the reading club and feeding scheme.

She says the club needs a space to call its own. Having taken over the old library in the lower camp, where she runs a book-lending service for all members of the community, she dreams of having a computer room and a kitchen to continue the feeding scheme.

V Readers who would like to donate can contact Ponti on 079 900 9098.

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