New bags for 150 learners

Some of the recipients at the handover.
Some of the recipients at the handover.

More than 100 Searidge Park Primary School children have benefited from a project to see school supplies distributed to needy learners in Cape Town.

The #Bagofhope project saw 150 learners receive new school bags collected by Kusasalethu Group who distributed at the school during the first school term.

They had always wanted to do a handover in Mitchell’s Plain but battled to get a list from various schools they approached.

Bongani Makeleni, one of the founders of the foundation then spoke to his colleague who gave him the contact details of the school.

Kusasalethu is a word that means “Our Tomorrow” and was chosen as their name in line with their mission to bridge the gap between the fortunate and the less fortunate, by caring, giving hope and supporting individuals in striving to shape a better tomorrow­.

The Kusasalethu Group is a black owned non-profit organisation formed in 2016 and are based Khayelitsha. The organisation was established by Khaya Qekani, Zolisa Boza and Bongani Makeleni.

The #BagofHope project was born as a result of children in primary schools facing challenges including drugs, gang violence and poverty. The organisation believes that often school is the only place where children can escape and focus their minds and energy on something positive.

“Education is of fundamental importance when it comes to uplifting them to build better lives for themselves, especially at this young age and it has been noted by the founders that many children go to school with their books in carrier bags or even cooler bags without a proper bag to carry their books in and use whatever is at their disposal. The fact that these children in communities across the Cape still make the effort to go to school is both encouraging and heart breaking. Their hunger for knowledge, regardless of their circumstances, inspired the #BagofHope project,” says Boza.

Veaan Forbes, teacher at the school was responsible for coordinating the feeding scheme and distribution of bags.

“They contacted us to identify 150 pupils at the school. We looked at a number of factors such as parents who are unemployed, children growing up with their grand parents and those who attend the feeding schemes,” she says.

“We also looked at the children with broken bags or bags handed down from their older siblings. We then asked the teachers to make a list and took it from there.”

The bags were accompanied by other goods and Forbes says the children and staff were overjoyed.

There are more than a 1000 children at the school and many are in need of new bags.

Forbes and school principal Melanie Joy Ellman thanked The Kusasalethu Group for selecting the school and donating the bags.

The Kusasalethu Group has done around 2000 donations at 13 Primary schools across the Western Cape.

“We want to thank our main sponsor and partner Dhafeur and Ghalib Hendricks from Nesco & Nureesah, who donated 100 branded school bags. Without them the event and donation would not be possible,” Boza says.

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