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Projects & People

There are a many inspirational projects throughout Africa and, in particular, the countries through which we travel. Our sister company, Going Africa, has a long-standing relationship with the following schools.

Zwelisha High School

Situated in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, Zwelisha is providing valuable education to its enthusiastic learners. Under the leadership of the headmaster, Mr Twala, and a dedicated team of teachers, the school has seen significant improvements over recent years. Visitors to the school always remark on the high level of dedication from both students and teachers alike. With limited resources, and only basic infrastructure, it relies on this hard work and dedication.

We have been working closely with the school choir. The talent that exists within the learners is phenomenal, and with a little financial assistance the choir has been able to compete at a national level, winning acclaim and awards wherever they sing. We hope to get more involved in helping to develop the talent that this wonderful school is nurturing.

It is incredible to see how the school welcomes anybody wanting to get involved. They open their doors wide to people with a genuine interest in its wellbeing, and are more than happy to show off their well-kept grounds.

Hlau Hlau Primary School

This school has had a turbulent and dysfunctional past. Its surrounds were once a place that outsiders feared, and scant attention was paid to educating its many children. In more recent times, a transformation has created hope where before there was none. A sense of pride has instilled itself in the people who live in the Hlau Hlau community, and the positive effects have gone way beyond the school boundary.

Lead by Principal Thandi Morupane, this wonderful school is now molding young minds and trying hard to install discipline and hard work in its young learners. Tucked away in a rural township near Nelspruit this inspirational institution has become a pillar of hope for an entire community. Thandi came second in the category of excellence in primary school leadership in the 2008 National Teaching Awards, and has continued her valuable work throughout 2009. Her team of teachers and staff are dedicated to the task of caring for the schools’ many pupils. Special attention is, however, needed as most of the children at the school are orphans. With generous support from various donors, the school is able to protect these orphans and vulnerable children, and future proposals are aiming to expand this support beyond the classrooms.

The Gumboots Foundation

The Spirit of Africa beats within all our hearts, inspiring those who can to donate and make a positive impact to some of the poorest communities. It is in this spirit that the Gumboots Foundation was created. Now in its seventh year, it aims to provide people living both locally and overseas with an opportunity to involve themselves with quality community-based projects that are making a positive contribution to change and upliftment of South Africans.

They do this by raising awareness and donations that are channeled into existing projects. They have received support from UK, USA, Canada and South Africa – and this has helped in a basic way to sustain the projects. While the starting point is through financial assistance, the broader goal is to foster mutual understanding.

The following projects are currently supported by Gumboots Foundation in Alexandra Township, and any visitor to Johannesburg is welcome to get in touch to arrange a trip to find out more about them: Leratong Pre-school; Sigiya Sonke Dance Group; and Ratang Bana Child Support. (www.gumboots.org.za)

For more information on any of these schools or community projects, please contact us at African Avenue.