Doing their bit for charity on Mandela Day

2018-07-19 06:00
Staff of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum with teachers and learners of Nceduluntu. They presented gifts to the learners on Mandela Day on Wednesday 18 July.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Staff of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum with teachers and learners of Nceduluntu. They presented gifts to the learners on Mandela Day on Wednesday 18 July.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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It was all smiles for intellectually challenged learners of Nceduluntu in Nomzamo, when they were showered with gifts on Wednesday 18 July.

The gifts came courtesy of staff of Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum and Hector Petersen Library, as they rolled up their sleeves for Mandela Day.

The staffing complement donated toiletries to girls and boys and also cooked a nutritious meal for the children.

Co-founder of the school Lindiwe Gcilitshane expressed happiness knowing there were people who were thinking about the learners.

The school offers beadwork, sewing and craft classes, among others, to children for whom learning is a challenge. “Our learners will never forget what you did for them on this special day,” Gcilitshane said.

“We really thank you for thinking about them; it is comforting knowing there are people like you in this community. Many people don’t even recognise the needs of these children.

“They may have learning difficulties, but they have immense potential. They also need to be loved like everyone else. I want to urge the community to start treating them with respect and to not refer to our school in derogatory terms.”

The school currently has 25 learners.

Nomesilakhe Mekuto of Hector Petersen Library shared the services on offer at the library. “The library is open to anyone who wants to be a member,” she said.

“We have computers at the library that can be used for anyone’s benefit at no charge, for 45-minute sessions.

“All you need to do is to have a library card and be part of it.”

Mekuto said the children are welcome to visit the facility and urged them to visit as often as they wished.

Before the learners were showered with gifts they also listened attentively to a library representative reading the life story of uTata Madiba.

The school is open to youths of all ages, particularly those aged 18 to 36 years.

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