Ekuphumleni’s R1,7m from Africa Run initiative
Ekuphumleni High School in Whittlesea received R1,7m from the Africa Run for charity initiative, a yearly fund-raiser hosted by the Umckaloabo Foundation after the school was selected to be a beneficiary of last year’s fund-raising.
Africa Run is supported by Schwabe, a German company which annually raises funds for a carefully selected school in Southern Africa.
The amount will be invested in the school’s infrastructure by building additional classrooms, with some set to be use for the development of teachers and pupils.
Last week the school hosted a delegation of 30 visitors from Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany. They were received by department of education officials, teachers, pupils and parents.
The pupils welcomed the guests with traditional and cultural performances.
Dr Fritz Gamerith of the Schwabe group said: “We were overwhelmed by the welcome we received. The school comes across as well-organised and the pupils motivated. We are happy to support Ekuphumleni.”
The Samara Foundation, which works with the Umckaloabo Foundation, implemented the project.
Samara Foundation’s Louisa Feiter said: “This forms part of the ongoing commitment to create a long-lasting impact at the school so that many more generations of pupils can benefit.”
School principal Lizwe Ngalo said the delegates came on a fact-finding mission and went to visit the homes of pupils who were not well off.
“Four homes were visited and an emergency fund was left to help them get basic household appliances such as stoves, beds, blankets and dishes which some of them did not have.”
The visitors also spent time getting to know the pupils and teachers, followed by the second tree-planting at the school. “The school is happy as the money will assist us to do what we could not do if it were not for the donation. We will use it to build six additional classrooms, to revamp the science lab and to construct a multi-purpose sports facility for rugby and a 400m athletics track. We would not have been able to achieve any of this without the Germans.”
He said in June three of the teachers would go overseas for two weeks.