NGO walks extra mile for learners

2016-08-31 06:00
THE learners of the Reneilwe Primary School who benefitted from the shoe donation, with Masego Sebolai (left, teacher), Gladys Makhaza (middle) and Pulane Louw (teacher). Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE learners of the Reneilwe Primary School who benefitted from the shoe donation, with Masego Sebolai (left, teacher), Gladys Makhaza (middle) and Pulane Louw (teacher). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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A LOCAL good Samaritan could no longer bear seeing primary school learners passing her workplace with worn-out shoes, or in some cases wearing the wrong shoes to school on a daily basis.

Gladys Makhaza took it upon herself to ask for funding from the National Lotteries Commission (Lotto) to buy shoes for the learners.

Makhaza runs the Galeshewe-based Women in Action non-governmental organisation (NGO), which also owns the food garden at the Galeshewe Day Hospital.

The NGO put smiles on the faces of 20 learners of the Reneilwe Primary School by giving them each a pair of brand-new school shoes.

The donation, according to Makhaza, was meant to be part of their back-to-school programme, which unfortunately ran late due to delays in sponsorship.

According to her, this was their second outreach initiative after they had given blankets to elderly people, who stay in the area of Greater No. 2, on Mandela Day.

She also revealed that they provided the patients at the day hospital, especially the elderly and children, with meals from produce from their food garden.

Pulane Louw, one of the teachers at Reneilwe, expressed her happiness and appreciation for the gesture.

She said that the school had identified the children through its school-based support team.

The team was established to look at learners’ different needs, including their social conditions.

According to Louw, such donations usually play a big role in the lives of the learners, by for instance encouraging school attendance

“They end up motivated in such a manner that their academic performance improves drastically,” Louw said.

On behalf of the school, Louw thanked the NGO and other parents and stakeholders who continue to extend a helping hand towards the school.

“We would like to thank them for continuously reaching out to our 545 learners at the school. Their confidence is also being built in this manner, as some prefer to rather stay at home than face their peers, with their clothes being in the poor condition they are.”

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