Bags of smiles as Kusasa donate

2016-06-30 06:00
Bongane Makhaleni, Khaya Qikane and Zolisa Boza of Kusasalethu Group with some of the learners who benefited from their donation of school bags, on Thursday, at Vuselela Primary School, in Site C, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: mBONGISENI mASEKO

Bongane Makhaleni, Khaya Qikane and Zolisa Boza of Kusasalethu Group with some of the learners who benefited from their donation of school bags, on Thursday, at Vuselela Primary School, in Site C, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: mBONGISENI mASEKO

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Vuselela Primary School learners in Khayelitsha were all smiles after they received donations of school bags from Kusasalethu Group on Thursday.

Kusasalethu Group donated 124 school bags to learners from a disadvantaged background. The organisation was formed by three friends, who are also members of Thy Kingdom Come Ministries in 2015.

Zolisa Boza, 26, the director of the Non-Profit Organisation, said they were touched by seeing some learners carrying their books in shopping plastics bags.

“It is winter now and their books get wet when they walk to or from school when it is raining.

We are trying to bridge the gap between the learners who have parents who can afford to buy them school bags and those who have parents who cannot afford.

We believe that education is very important so that is why we want to make a contribution by giving support to learners,” Boza said.

Boza also thanked a number of companies which contributed in buying the school bags after they approached them.

The learners who benefited were identified by teachers.

He said their plan is to reach-out to other schools with needy learners in the province as a whole and the Eastern Cape.

They managed to buy 360 school bags in total and the remaining bags are due to be hand-out to learners at Nolungile Primary School, in Site C, in July.

Boza formed organisation last year in partnership with Khaya Qikane, 28 and Bongane Makhaleni, 28.

They donated school uniforms to about 30 learners at the school last year.

Sphiwo Maxongo, deputy principal at the school,said the donation will make a huge difference in the lives of learners who benefited.

“It is going to help them, because learners who have no school bags feel different from those who have bags.

Their books will not get wet when it rains. This is a step in the right direction. We thank them,” Maxongo said.

Siyabonga Manjo, 13, a learner who benefited, warmly welcomed the donation.

“I feel very happy. My bag was very old and my mother could not afford to buy me a new one because she is unemployed. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the donation,” Manjo said.

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