Learners at five primary schools in Khayelitsha variously competed for the best smile on the day they were given school uniforms, in Site C on Tuesday.
The donation was handed over by Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health.
The Khayelitsha Greening and Home-based Community Care Project, better known as Kwakhanya, was a hive of activity on the day.
Kids from Ncotsheni, Vuzamanzi, Vuselela and Isikhokelo Primary Schools, including Intlanganiso Secondary School, were the beneficiaries.
Mbombo shared with them her experience growing up, which she said was not an easy one.
“I had to share one pair of shoes with my sister. I would wear the shoes on Monday and the following day would be her turn.
We also shared even the same jersey. This reminds me where I am coming from. It was not easy at all. I encourage you to focus on your studies, because education is the key to open your future,” she said.
She also promised to come back next year with more donations.
Mbombo also praised the centre for the good work that they do in improving the lives of residents.
Kwakhanya centre was established in 1999 to help children from disadvantaged background, elders who are HIV positive, tuberculosis (TB) patients and those who live with all other chronic illnesses and also do house visits for the invalid.
The organisation currently has 300 children in its care.
Melekile Gunyula, the deputy chairperson of Kwakhanya, said the donation would improve the life of the children.
“We are very happy, because this is going to make a huge difference in the lives of the children.
It is not a nice feeling when a child does not have something to wear. Some come to school on empty stomachs,” he said.
Unathi Sophofu, 27, an unemployed single parent of two children, applauded the donation.
“This is something I was not expecting. I am very happy. I depended on my children’s social grand.
The grant only covers food and nothing else,” she said.
Sweetness Mzolisa, project manager, said they also help residents to get Identity Documents (IDs), help learners with their home works and other projects.
“We have nutrition here. This container is open every day. We have youth who grew up here who are now at universities and others passed matric,” Mzolisa said.
Phumlani Ndoda is one of youth who grew up in the centre.
She passed matric last year.
“Kwakhanya helped me with many things like school uniform. It was home to me. I encourage you (learners) to focus on your school work so that your will achieve your dreams in future,” Ndoda said.