With the help of all our supporters Thuso recently sent 1,213 children’s books to South Africa. Seventeen boxes made their way to Thuto Lesedi Secondary School and five boxes went to Lobethal Primary School.
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On 14th July 2013 people dedicated to “Making Poverty History through Education” enjoyed Waltham Forest’s Thuso in South Africa’s (WFTISA) annual fundraising garden party. The garden at the home of Gerard and Naima Omasta-Milsom in Walthamstow was bathed in sunshine. Some guests welcomed the opportunity to bask in the sun, while others sought shelter under gazebos.
Adam and Ryan, Gerard and Naima’s children, welcomed the youngsters who came with the adults. They kindly shared their company, games and toys.
Everyone was entertained by four members of a Steelpan band. The soft music they played complemented the pleasure of relaxing on a sunny day, in the garden, while helping to make “Poverty History through Education.” Guests enjoyed a sumptuous lunch provided by the trustees and supporters.
The Chair of WFTISA delivered a progress report which conveyed the positive observation of teachers at Thuto Lesedi Secondary School in South Africa. They said having food had improved students’ alertness and performance in class
WFTISA and its supporters share the view that “A Hungry Child Cannot Learn”. All the money raised at the Garden party will go to the food program at Thuto Lesedi Secondary School. The program provides lunch at school and food packs to take home. In 2013, about 600 youngsters will have lunch, and about 250 of them, will also get food packs. The food packs ensure that the most destitute have food after school, during week-ends and school holidays.
In March 2013, Mmapula Tladi-Small (chair) visited Thuto Lesedi Secondary School and met the 2013 year 12 (Matriculation) pupils Sponsored by Waltham Forest Thuso in South Africa. This was the final year at high school. Sponsors had made it possible for them to stay in school from year nine, second year at high school, to year 12, the final year. The pupils I met were keen to express their appreciation, and the inspiration drawn from the support received.
Lack of money to pay school fees, buy essential books and food, would have forced some to leave school before the final year. That would have denied them the bright futures they were planning to achieve. Among the ones I met, careers mentioned included Boiler Maker, Engineer, Doctor, Diplomat and Journalist.
There are new government and industry backed initiatives to help young people from deprived backgrounds access higher education and training. What is needed is encouragement and support to help youngsters get through year 12. (Matriculation) We can “Make Poverty History Through Education”.