SOUTH AFRICA PROJECT - STAFF STUDENT VISIT MAR-APRIL 2005
During the Easter Break 9 students, 7 teachers and 1 parent visited Zwelibanzi High School in Umlazi Township, Durban, South Africa.
We took out an enormous amount of donations such as football strips, track suits, recorders, books, pencils, football boots etc. and while we were there we used the £7000 we had raised to do the following:
- for the Music Dept we bought stands, music and instruments
- for Home Economics we bought a sewing machine, blenders, crockery, cutlery and other basic equipment
- for Drama we bought costumes and props.
- for PE we bought a basketball hoop, a netball hoop, balls, frisbees etc. and we paid for the school to employ a sports coach for two months and set up a sports fund
- for Admin we bought a fax machine, a photocopier and “harassed” the Authority so that they have promised internet connections
- for the Guidance centre we bought a bed and pillow etc. so that sick children have somewhere to rest
- for general equipment we bought CD players, fans and stationery
- for the Library which prior to our visit did not exist we paid for security, shelving, a photocopier, TV and video, DVD, a music centre, music CD’s, books and filing cabinets
- we set up a Student Council and gave it a budget
- for the staff we bought two refrigerators, a microwave, two fans and storage facilities
- we purchased some repair equipment such as a drill
- in Ogwini a nearby comprehensive we set up a fund to enable 20 students from the informal settlements (similar to a shanty town) to attend school for a year
- in Hillview, an Indian and Black Primary we gave enough money for 10 children to do likewise
- we provided enough money for a young African man associated with the school, to receive medical attention for Aids
We also brought 2 staff and 2 students from Zwelibanzi to Diversecity.
The visit was received with an overwhelming sense of enthusiasm and gratitude. I have copied overleaf a letter from all at Zwelibanzi to all of us and some excerpts from the countless letters we were given. Our staff and students gained enormously in emotional intelligence, empathy and global awareness.
This project is making a huge difference. It must continue
DHT, Project Leader
During the past three years Freemasons from the Edinburgh area have contributed £10,000 to the Zwelibanzi Fund. This money has been used for a variety of purposes including facility development.
The latest donation has been given by Lodge Abbotsford which has spent the past year raising money to build a room specifically for the ‘soup kitchen’. A £3,000 cheque was received recently by Mr. Wallace which is more than enough to pay for the building work. Quotations have already been received from Zwelibanzi and they have been given the go ahead to start the work.
It is hoped that the work will be completed by the start of next year when the school returns after their summer holidays.
1. Mr. Wallace with the members of Lodge Abbotsford.
2. Mr. Wallace receiving the cheque from Stuart Clark and Sandy Cleland.