In South Africa, December marks the end of the school year, the start of the long summer holidays and the festive season all rolled into one.
Many of our past volunteers will remember Nandipha and Abigail from Oranjekloof Primary. They are now both at Camps Bay High School thanks to the generous sponsorship of past volunteers H and John. Nandipha is now in her final year, matric. She has to work hard to succeed as the lack of a good foundation education is now showing.
After an initial shaky start at the beginning of the year Abigail has adapted well to Camps Bay High. She was given an award at the end of the year for “Endeavour” – hard work.
A young Belgium volunteer Annabel, has agreed to pay the school fees for a bright Oranjekloof pupil Cheslyn who is 9. In 2012 he will be going to Grade 4 at Kronendal Primary School.
Annabel is also the PRO for professional football club KV Oostende and will be visiting us again in February. We are hoping that the club will be able to start social upliftment projects with the children in the Hout Bay Township.
Another pupil close to our heart is Cynthia, a dynamic young woman who has just completed her final Matric exams at Hout Bay High School. Her results are due on the 5 January and the expectation is that in 2012 she will start her Accounting degree at University of the Western Cape. Our Dutch associates, Stichting Docenten voor Africa, have agreed to pay 50% of the fees for her first year, including student accommodation. This is an added bonus as she had to get up at 4 in the morning to find a quiet time to study in the township.
The literacy project continues to grow at primary schools in and around Cape Town improving the reading skills of 8 to 9 year old pupils.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who have assisted in the township primary and high schools, who have given students individual attention at the homework club and who have donated books and resources.
It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all.” – Former President, Nelson Mandela