ONE of the needy schools in Makhabeleni, near Kranskop, Emakhabeleni Primary School received some desperately-needed tins of paint to enable the school to be transformed into a bright, fun environment for the children to enjoy. The Kranskop Furniture and Hardware store (KFH) was approached directly about the possibility of donating paint to the school by principal Nkanyiso Zondi, who is always looking for ways to spruce up the school and make it into a safe and clean environment for the little ones. Zondi said that the old paint was peeling off, making the school look old and untidy. “When I approached them, they were very welcoming and they didn’t even hesitate to give me the paint. It is always good to know that there are businesses that are always willing to help whenever we need their assistance. “I am grateful for the donation, it will make a huge difference for our school,” Zondi said, adding that he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty as he will be taking up the task of painting the school himself. He is, however, hoping that the community will support this initiative. “I want my pupils to be in a safe and clean environment. The outside paint in one of the buildings at the school is looking a bit tatty as it hasn’t been painted for a few years. “I am calling on parents to come and help with painting the school. “We really appreciate the kind donation and we can’t thank KFH enough,” he said.The rural school is situated about 32 km outside of Kranskop and has over 200 pupils, most of whom come from impoverished backgrounds. Zondi said that most of their pupils don’t even have a full uniform. “With the limited resources the school has we are trying our best to give the best education we can offer. We cannot do this without the community’s support. “Parents play an important role in the education of their children. As teachers, we can only do so much,” said Zondi. Zondi said that there is more that still needs to be done at the school, but he is grateful for every donation received.On Friday, concord pit gravel was delivered to the school to be levelled in the open spaces throughout the school, especially in the entrance that is used by the children. “This place gets muddy during rainy season. The pit gravel will help minimise the chances of pupils going home with muddy uniforms,” Zondi said. — Supplied.