Facebook campaign ensures tiny tots keep school hours daily

2015-11-19 06:00
Learners from Bloekombos Primary School received donation for uniform from Good Samaritans, in Kraaifontein, last week.

Learners from Bloekombos Primary School received donation for uniform from Good Samaritans, in Kraaifontein, last week.

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The efforts of a teacher to see to the welfare of poor learners at her school is gaining momentum, what with Good Samaritans throwing in their lot to help the tots.

Namhla Galada, a teacher at the Bloekombos Primary School in Kraaifontein, was touched to see needy learners coming to school barefoot and decided to do something to change their situation.

Galada then hit on the idea of spreading her campaign to plead with others to join in making a difference to the lives of the children by opening a Facebook page under the theme Take a Child to School South Africa.

The campaign has borne fruit and to date, over 45 learners at her school received school shoes, uniforms and pants last Wednesday.

The donation came after Eskom and 7Stars energy drink joined hands.

Galada’s relationship with the two partners also saw sanitary towels being donated to some learners.

Galada said this is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO).

This was the third time that the learners received the donation after the campaign started.

The first campaign saw Galada digging from her own pockets to buy uniform for one learner.

The second donation benefited 24 learners.

“I was touched when I saw some learners coming to school barefeet and others with worn-out uniforms. I just could not sit down and watch them suffer like that. I then opened the Facebook page and to my surprise people showed interest to help raise the donation. They contact me everytime to say they want to come on board,” Galada said.

Nosakhumzi Gwe, the mother of one of the learners who received the donation, said the donation will make a big difference to her child.

“I would like to thank her (Galada) for the donation.

I am very happy. I am unemployed and it is difficult for me to buy my child the school uniform,” Gwe said.

Maphelo Bulana did not hesitate to join the campaign after he became aware of it on social media.

“It is a good thing to do something to help the needy children. I saw the need to join, because I understand the condition the children come from.

So I felt the need to be part of the campaign changing the lives of needy children,” Bulana said.

Galada resides in Khayelitsha.

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