Uniform campaign gains ground

2017-04-06 06:03
Selinah Mose, 68, (left), Councillor Xolisa Peter, of Ward 92, (right), and members of Back to School campaign during the handover of school uniform and stationery, on Friday, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Selinah Mose, 68, (left), Councillor Xolisa Peter, of Ward 92, (right), and members of Back to School campaign during the handover of school uniform and stationery, on Friday, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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An organisation formed by learners from Manyano High School in Khayelitsha donated school uniform and stationery to three learners whose house was destroyed by fire.

Back to School, which is a campaign designed for helping learners in need with school uniform and stationery, made the donation available to three learners whose family house at Elweni Street, in D Section, was burnt by a mysterious fire, on 26 February.

The campaign was formed after two organisations, Ubumbano and Ambassadors of Change colluded to form Back to School campaign, in December.

Siyabulela Mkungela, 21, of Ubumbano, said they decided to work together after they realised that the two organisations had a common goal of helping children who are in need.

“We do door-to-door campaign asking for clothes and school uniform for children in need. We feel good to see that residents support our campaign. We are planning to go to all high schools and plead with Grade 12 learners to turn their school uniforms to schools once they finish writing their final exams so it will be donated to learners in need the following year,” Mkungela said.

Mkungela also said his organisation, Ubumbano, was formed last year with the aim of unearthing modeling talent.

Bonginkosi Lize, 16, the founder of Ambassadors of Change, said he formed the organisation after he was touched seeing learners who had no school uniform.

“Not having school uniform forces learners to end up skipping school. We want to contribute positively in the lives of youth here. We also delivered clothes we collected during a door-to-door campaign at Kingdom Church of Work Ministries, on Sunday. The church is going to handover the clothes to victims of fire at Imizamo Yethu, in Hout Bay,” Lize said.

Selinah Mose, 68, said the donation will go a long way in helping her grandchildren.

“I do not have words to describe how happy I am. These children are coming to my house for the third time now. I would like to thank them. They are really helping my grandchildren,” Mose said.

The learners were accompanied by Councillor Xolisa Peter, of Ward 92, when they delivered the school uniform to the learners. Peter said she was happy to see the members of Back to School visiting her office to introduce their campaign.

“I was thrilled to see children heading such campaign. It is my dream to encourage youth to take charge in contributing positively in the society. I am going to assist them to register their organisation so that they will qualify to get assistance they need,” Peter said.

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