TRANSKEI SCHOOLS BENEFIT FROM ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT
For the past three years Touch Africa has been a beneficiary of the international off-road motorcycle event, Enduro Africa. The event sees hundreds of riders, mostly from the UK riding more than 3000km in total over a 16 day period, through the Eastern Cape, Transkei and South Coast of KwaZulu Natal. The monies raised allow Touch Africa to effect much needed school rehabilitation in the impoverished area of the Transkei Wild Coast. Hundreds of schools in this area are severely under-resourced. Many of them are still without electricity, Science and IT laboratories, libraries, kitchens, sports fields and ablution blocks. This year the funds raised through this event have assisted two schools in the area.
The riders spent a day at each school helping to finish off the projects and handing the facilities over to overjoyed children, parents, community members and delighted headmasters.
Mcgawezulu Junior Primary School, which is situated close to Kob Inn on the Wild Coast received a brand new classroom which now houses their Grade R class. The Enduro Africa riders painted the classroom, laid the floors and built storage facilities. The Principal was given a laptop with 3G connection in order to assist with communication and importantly the children will now have access, albeit limited, to the internet in order to carry out research for projects. This school was also the recipient of funding for a feeding scheme sponsored by KFC ADD HOPE for the next twelve months. This has already made an enormous difference to school attendance and the children’s performance in the classroom. Touch Africa will continue to support improvement initiatives at this school over the next two to three years. The school is still in need of an additional classroom to house an IT laboratory as well as soccer and netball fields.
Ngwara Junior Secondary School, situated close to Mazeppa Bay also benefitted. Touch Africa recently twinned this school with UK based Cheadle High School. In the past couple of months the school has been involved in a teacher exchange and student cultural exchange programme which proved highly successful. Computers donated by Cheadle were installed by the riders. The school now has a functional IT laboratory. Funds raised by the event will now be used to provide internet connectivity which will open up a whole world of possibilities and enable the children to communicate with their new found friends at Cheadle High. The school will also receive a language laboratory aimed at improving their English skills.
There are many other projects that need assistance at this school including providing a kitchen, library and sport facilities.
If you would like to help us make a difference at these schools or any of our other projects and make a real difference to the life of a child, contact Elise Fish on 076 170 6449 or firstname.lastname@example.org