As thousand of children went back to school last week, there were four among them who went back with even bigger smiles.
Their Factreton-based parents were struggling to buy uniforms but with the help of the Factreton Community Development Organisation (Facdo) and Ridwaan Matthews of Sniper Security Solutions they received stationery and uniforms.
Facdo started an outreach programme called “Adopt a child back to school”. The aim was to look for a donor who could help get stationery and uniforms for struggling children in the area.
Matthews came to the organisation’s rescue. He has also pledged to pay for the struggling pupils’ school fees for the whole year.
Ricardo van Niekerk, founder and chairperson of Facdo, says he knows what it is to lack basics.
“But we didn’t let our disadvantages pull us down. Regardless of our living conditions and the difficult circumstances, we lifted ourselves up and now it is our aim to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others who are struggling like we once did. Facdo and Sniper are working together to help better the lives of our youth,” he says.
Facdo has promised to form a solid relationship with the schools and teachers of the children whom it has helped.
“All the kids will be mentored. We want them to be respectful people. They must show discipline, study hard and make sure that they make a life for themselves. We will check their grades, absenteeism, attitude and commitment to schoolwork. They must up their grades so that one day they can also give back to their communities. We believe this will help create a better society, better citizens and better future leaders. They must carry themselves with pride and learn more,” Van Niekerk says.