The LEAP Science & Maths Schools and Rotary Club donated learning materials to the Ga-Rankuwa-based NPO Faith and Hope Foundation.
The two organisations have donated educational learning materials, including stationery, chess sets, and other necessary educational items, to improve access to quality education for future community leaders.
Faith and Hope Foundation was established in 2013 by Faith Sibeko to make a difference in the community because many individuals in the community rely on government social subsidies and some families do not have enough money to send their children to school.
According to the foundation’s founder, Faith Sibeko, the contributions from the two organisations will be used to invest in education to ensure and grow support for education reforms and innovation throughout Ga-Rankuwa.
“In this year’s school holiday programme the children have educational materials to develop skills and in the greatest need that would substantially impact their learning.”
Faith and Hope Foundation, as a non-profit, faces a challenge with limited resources and requires assistance that may be in the form of grants or donations, which may merely serve as a safety net to fill the gap when funds are short.
“During School holidays our children usually receive a meal from the school feeding scheme, now that the schools are closed, they don’t have anything”, said Sibeko.
“Please assist us in feeding our children, kind of donation will be highly appreciated,” added Sibeko.
The foundation began with a sanitary towel and toiletry campaign, which they provided to local schools. As part of their school effort to give back to the community, they also received clothes, shoes, and blankets from the Leap and Rotary Club.
According to Sibeko the foundation creates job opportunities for people who are unemployed and keeps children off the streets.
The Foundation does a lot more than provide clothes; it has just launched an agricultural project, in which the community has collaborated to make it a success. Finally, they host games with the goal of increasing involvement in sports and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
She explained what they do, saying, “We help grade 12 learners apply for universities and also bursaries; we have grassroots sports development programs where one of our ladies’ teams is affiliated with SAFA Tshwane Woman’s Regional League; and we also have a back-to school drive where we donate full uniforms and stationery to those in need in the community”.
The Rotary Club is deeply committed to community engagement and upliftment. “We pride ourselves on close fellowship ties and a strong international network.
According to The Rotary Club,“ Some of the projects that we are involved in include improving school and learning infrastructures, life and vocational skills’ development, youth programmes as well as international outreaches.
Recently, LEAP 6 learners showcased their immense talent at the TUT Coding and Sciences Competition. They displayed remarkable skills, determination, and a true passion for innovation.
In order to ensure and increase support for school reforms and innovation throughout GaRankuwa, Faith and Hope Foundation works with LEAP and the Rotary Club to invest in education.