Monday, 26 August 2013 14:50

Linge Lithe

This little pre-school in the informal settlement of Goshen on the outskirts of Cathcart, Eastern Cape was our very first project. The name of the school in Xhosa means ‘longing for something nice.’ The school looks after 39 children under the age of five and is run on a government subsidy of R6000 a month. These funds are stretched between salaries, supplies and food for the children.

The wonderful principal, Priscilla Mabunu, earns a salary of R1000 while her three dedicated staff members take home a monthly income of R800 for their full-time work. The children receive two meals a day; the majority of which is subsidised by veggies from the veggie garden that the school is growing.

Considering the tight budget that the school was running on there was no space for much-needed improvements to the structure of the school, the building of a fence to keep livestock at bay or for educational games and toys for the kids.

And then Something Good happened aided by the kind donation of funds and services by the Rieger Family, we were able renovate the structure of the building, which included replacing all the windows, repairing the trusses and roof, plastering and painting all the walls and screeding the floors. The outdoor improvements included a super-sized sandpit, new swings, a 'livestock-proof' fence and fully functioning entrance gate. The Milkshed assisted with the crafting of the much needed furniture, beds and blackboards. A project is never complete without the generosity of friends, who chipped in and donated an overwhelming supply of educational toys and art supplies to keep the toddlers entertained.

Here’s a look at the transformation of Lithe Longe.

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