Excitement was evident on the faces of young children and their parents during a handover of shoes and stationery by Afrika Unite last Thursday. Afrika Unite is a human rights and youth empowerment organisation that works with citizens, refugees and migrants to prevent conflicts, enhance social cohesion and promote socio-economic development.The handover was part of the organisation’s back to school campaign. It was held at the Europe Community Hall near Gugulethu. About 60 children between the ages of eight to 17-years-old from informal settlements in Europe, Kanana and Mpetha Square in Nyanga benefited from the initiative this time around. Mila Sobetwa, 11, from Europe expressed his gratitude to the organisation for showing a good heart towards them. He said his previous pair of shoes was worn off.Parent Nolene Fortuin praised the organisation and described the initiative as helpful to them. The unemployed mother of two boys said she was struggling to buy her children school shoes as she had no money. “It is not nice when you see your children going to school without wearing a uniform. The shoes and the stationery will make a difference,” said Fortuin. Afrika Unite programme coordinator Abongile Nocanda described the initiative as part of giving back and supporting the community. She said the organisation has a school programme which assist learners in their school work. “We have a programme called Singamakhalipha (we are heroes), where we are working with learners from different schools on a daily basis. We teach them life skills, drama, assist them with home work, coach them netball and soccer skills,” said Nocanda adding that they meet at Nyanga Library after school daily. She said they work with children who are referred by social workers. “We started this programme in 2006, the learners were referred by social workers but now some just come,” she said.