Back to school with pride

2018-01-16 06:00
Children get a statinery boost.

Children get a statinery boost.

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Children from Hillview and Cafda are ready to take on the new academic year following a generous donation of stationery by local non-profit organisations.

Get Involve with the Community and The Foundational Builders teamed up and supplied more than 250 children with stationery and toiletry packs on Saturday.

Gaynor Bosman, the project manager of the two non-profit organisations, says sometime back she did research and found out that many children in the area start school without the required stationery which puts them on the back foot.

“It is really difficult to go to school without what is needed for you to learn. While doing my research I was taken back to my own learning years and I remembered how difficult it was for me as I was raised by my grandparents.

“You go to school and someone sitting next to you has all the stationery and you have nothing. For some learners they wouldn’t want to go to school because of that because they are ashamed. So we did the back-to-school event to help the learners in these particular areas with basic stationery to take on the school year with on a positive note,” she says.

There were children from the ages of two to 18 getting stationery. The younger ones that didn’t need stationery received colouring books and crayons. Those going back to school or going to school for the first time were given hard-cover books, covers, glue, erasers and rulers among other things.

Bosman says this is their way to help and they were overwhelmed by how grateful the parents were.

“The parents were really grateful for the donations. I believe we helped them a lot and we took another burden off their shoulders.

“It also makes the children happy and I believe they are now looking forward to school and starting a new term. This is something that they really need. We have done food parcel donations before but we realised that a week or two down the line the food is finished, so the stationery will go a long way,” she says.

In the long run they are planning on having a ‘sponsor a lunch box’ event as many children go to school hungry.

“We want to help as much as we can. Our main focus is mainly on the children. We want to build a strong foundation for them so that they can become better people. Starting right at the bottom with them will help them in the future.

“Learners go to school without food and they can’t really learn properly. So we hope that people will join us and help us give lunch boxes for learners to carry to school. We are also saddened by the fact that most are confined where they live and most don’t even know what a burger looks like. Our wish is too have big companies partner with us so that we might be able to take the children out of their areas, give them something to eat. This will encourage them to dream and know that there is something better out there,” says Bosman.V To get involved call Gaynor Bosmanon 060 667 6816 or Johannes Bosman on 079 758 5040

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