Shoes for school kids

2015-10-22 06:00

Shell donated hundreds of pairs of shoes to Siyakhathala Orphanage and Abaphumeleli Home of Safety, in Khayelitsha, on Friday.

Shell donated hundreds of pairs of shoes to Siyakhathala Orphanage and Abaphumeleli Home of Safety, in Khayelitsha, on Friday.

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The donation of hundreds of shoes to needy children by an oil and gas company was greatly applauded.

Shell handed over 240 pairs of shoes to Siyakhathala Orphanage Support which is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) supporting children from Kuyasa, Isiphiwo, Ludwe Ngamlana and Masivuke Primary Schools.

They also donated dozens of shoes to Abaphumeleli Home of Safety, a place for children at risk.

Thandi Shadrack, Social Investment Adviser at Shell South Africa, said this was done as part of Shell supporting projects in the communities in which they operate.

“We strive to partner with various communities and organizations to develop projects that support environmental sustainability, education and welfare improvement. Projects benefiting students, public welfare and volunteerism are key outreach activities,” Shadrack said.

She said education is one of their focus areas.

“Our education interventions focus on Mathematics and Science in order to build capacity for Maths, Science and Technology careers therefore providing the necessary skill set for Shell and overall contributing to improvement in education levels and reducing South Africa’s scarce skills,” she added.

Nontsasa Nyovane, founder of Siyakhathala Orphanage Support, which is based in Kuyasa, said the donation will go a long way in helping the children.

“I am more than excited and emotional. Shell has made our dream of seeing children getting the shoes, because they really needed them.

This will make things easier for them at school, because their home backgrounds mostly badly affect them. We would not be able to buy them the shoes,” Nyovane said.

Nyovane also said this was not the first time Shell has come to their rescue.

Last year Shell donated all their kitchen furniture and office equipment and also contributed immensely toward their vegetable garden.

Siyakhathala was registered in 2009 and they sorely depended on the donations they receive from generous donors.

Nyovane said government assistance was minimal. Although they had their “hopes raised” with a promise of funding, nothing has sofar materialised.

She said they were left in the dark about the reasons for not getting the funding as they met all the requirements.

They operate from Kuyasa Primary School as they do not have a space of their own.

Evelyn Makasi, founder of Abaphumeleli Home of Safety, said the donation will surely make a big difference to the lives of the 36 children in the centre.

“It will help us a lot, because we have to buy shoes twice a year for the children, so now we will not have to buy the shoes in January.

It becomes so stressful in January when we have to buy them shoes.

They gave us shoes which exceed the number of our children. We are very happy for the donation,” Makasi said.

The centre which is a home to the children between the ages of 0 to 18 was opened in 2013.

Shell donated a Kombie which helps with transporting the children to and from school, last year.

They also renovated their after-care room and also make some financial contributions towards the operations, monthly.

Makasi also appealed to anyone who can donate 10 mattresses for the children.

Shell also made a donation for the shoes to Inkwenkwezini Secondary School in Dunoon and Glendale secondary school in Mitchell’s plain.

In total 800 shoes were distributed

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