Hard to believe it is April already – hope this year slows down a bit soon
I have just returned from a whirlwind visit to the orphanage and the school to see the classroom building and the new students. It is one thing to follow the progress of the building via telephone calls and photos and quite another to see it in person. Absolutely incredible – the students are so proud of their new school and after each child received a Borruso Harvest School emblem (kindly donated by Northside Embroidery)for their uniforms there was an even greater sense of pride and ownership.
The school starts at preschool and has some students in each grade until Grade 10 (Grade 12 being the final year). Some of the classes are smaller than others and some of the grades are combined at this stage. One of the most heartening things to see was the number of very young mums returning to school to complete their Matric (HSC). These young women bring their babies to school and they are looked after while the mums attend classes
Although the ‘child care’ room enables these inspiring young women to complete their education, the ‘room’ itself needs help! It is small and dingy and the only furniture in the room is a torn old couch and 2 old mattresses. So there is still plenty of work to be done!!
While I was there I ordered the desks and chairs for the school so the children no longer have to work on planks suspended over building blocks! This has only been possible thanks to the support of a private sponsor and the wonderful contribution from Glynn Smith at Beacon of Hope – Taking AIDS education to Africa. Thank you all so much!
Thank you also to those of you who donated shorts and skirts for the orphans!