Giving to those in need heals

2017-02-23 06:00
Weziwe Buti, Nomnyaka Mazwayi, Nomhle Gavu, acting principal and Zikhona Mene during the handover of shirts to Thembaletu School for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN), in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Weziwe Buti, Nomnyaka Mazwayi, Nomhle Gavu, acting principal and Zikhona Mene during the handover of shirts to Thembaletu School for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN), in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Women With Integrity is a society comprising of a group of women whose aim is to support its members and others in times of need.

Last Wednesday, though, they banded together, opened their hearts and purses donated school apparel to learners at Thembaletu School for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) in Gugulethu.

They handed over about 20 shirts to needy learners at the school.

Nomnyaka Mazwayi, a member of the group, said this was the first of many projects in the pipeline set to make a difference in society. “We decided to come up with a project that would have a positive impact on the lives of the needy. We want to show that we care about children the most. We feel very happy, because children with special needs are outcasts in society and are mostly forgotten,” Mazwayi said.

The organisation was formed in 2015 with the aim to create platform for women to support each other.

Nomhle Gavu, acting principal at the school, said they were grateful to the organisation for the surprise donation.

“We are very grateful. Our children are coming from different backgrounds. Some do not have shirts, shoes and pants for school. This will surely make a big difference in their lives,” Gavu said.

She said the school of 198 learners is currently faced with the challenge of maintaining their fleet of transport, which must constantly undergo repairs because of wear and tear. Gavu also said the saddest part was when the children “hit the ceiling”, which means there is no further study for them once they reach Grade 9, which is the highest class at the school.

“It is always hard to place them in other schools to further their studies.

Gavu said the school was well-equipped with professionals, though. “We have a physiotherapist and a professional nurse.”

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