Jehovah, an IOP orphan and Grade 6 pupil at Ngqamuzane Primary School, was struggling with his self-esteem. He was being tardy at school, not taking part in group lessons and generally underperforming. Our IOP staff picked up these problems and intervened quickly. ‘I met with him and saw that his uniform was literally in rags,’ explains Shelley Bain of IOP. ‘He lacked confidence, and I immediately decided to provide a new school uniform and replace his small, pink, broken back pack. The change was immediate! He now arrives at school on time, and actively takes part in lessons. This just proves what an incredible gift a new uniform can be for a young pupil.’
The IOP Children’s Easter Celebration was a wonderful success, thanks to our sponsors Protea Hotel The Richards and Protea Hotel The Bayshore Inn. The children enjoyed the Easter Story, games and crafts, treats and refreshments.
Blessed with water!
Our rural area is struggling under the burden of a terribly drought. Community members, who have no access to piped municipal water, have had to rely on sporadic water drop-offs and drinking dirty river water. IOP has been fighting on their behalf and campaigning to find a solution to this problem and last week our prayers were answered when – thanks to kind sponsors – we struck water! The IOP borehole will now provide clean, purified water to our dependents as well as the community as a whole.
Education, education, education! We were delighted to distribute brand new white school shirts to our poorest orphans at Nteneshane Primary School last week, (thanks to kind sponsorship from Noel Burnell and friends, United Kingdom), as well as brand new school shoes, courtesy of Rotary and Toms Shoes
The Rotary Learning Centre continues to bustle as lives are changed through the courses offered there by IOP facilitators I Learn To Live. Here bright young South Africans who are currently unemployed, smile in delight as they complete English courses, before continuing with computer literacy.
(*PHOTO OF YOUNG WOMEN IN LEARNING CENTRE)
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