‘We’re trying to make Oribi a better place’

2019-04-17 06:00
Principal Bernice Reddiar outside the Kalika Educare School. PHOTO: byrone athman

Principal Bernice Reddiar outside the Kalika Educare School. PHOTO: byrone athman

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REGISTERED NPO Kalika Educare has been doing their best to make Oribi Village a better place.

After reading a recent Maritzburg Fever article regarding the state of Oribi Road in particular, the school in Oribi Village, which caters mainly to the underprivileged, invited the Fever for a tour of the school and its surroundings to see the good work that the school is implementing in the community.

“Eighty-five percent of our pupils come from families who survive on child grants only and this makes paying school fees very difficult.

“Lots of these homes are also plagued by substance as well physical abuse.

“For many of our kids, Kalinka Educare is their only stability as they grow. It is their ‘happy place’.

“With help we can provide these pupils with two cooked meals daily,” said principal Bernice Reddiar.

On first view of the school it is plain to see that the school and area around it is kept in an impeccable, clean state which Reddiar says is due to their dedicated staff.

The school offers a stark contrast to the area, which is in dire need of a clean-up and which is plagued with other issues such as high drug-use and unemployment.

“We hire mothers from within the community to empower our community members and embark on various clean-up campaigns to keep our school and surrounding area clean, which is not easy as people staying in this area continue to dump regardless of our efforts,” said Reddiar.

Kalika Educare also runs a nursery for younger children near their school where they share a building with a local sewing club for elderly women of the community.

In regard to the state of Oribi Road, Reddiar said that if more people took pride in their surroundings, and if the locals came on board with helping in a cleaning initiative, then Oribi would be a better place.

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