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Tourism News
UK project gives Kouga children opportunity
07 January 2011

What was started as a small school trust fund by the South African Schools' Project (SASP) five years ago has now grown into a fully fledged registered charity organisation in the United Kingdom. Original trustee and now project director, Tom Campbell, and his wife Sapphire have, since the inception of the project, campaigned selflessly to help relieve the plight of the previously disadvantaged children in the Kouga. "We started very small with a feeding project. at the Pellsrus Primary School," says Campbell. This then spilt over to Makukhanya Primary where a youngster actually fainted of hunger during a visit by the trustees who were there at the school to donate computers. Campbell said a feeding scheme was immediately put in place and food donations from Pick n Pay and other kind-hearted individuals saw it flourish. However, after the school was linked to St Faiths, a school in the UK which closely cares for Makukhanya, the feeding scheme was handed over to their local project co-ordinators. Campbell says he commends the management team of Pellsrus for the way they built on the original scheme. SASP is heavily involved with Uitvlucht Primary. Their continued support has seen the school and its children reap the benefits of local and international support. Attributing much of the school's success to its caring and supportive teaching staff, Campbell says more than 60 children are well taken care of and has resulted in them actually enjoying school. This past year an additional 20m2 classroom was added as was a complete outdoor classroom (under a canopy) big enough to house the entire school and doubling up as an entertainment area. A function was held to "wet the roof" and Pick n Pay supplied the meat for a braai says Campbell. "This is the extent to which our benefactors go when approached to help and improve the children's quality of life," says Campbell. SASP managed to drum up support for the building from various businesses including Makro, Builders Express, Julie Snyman, Richard's Electric, Eskom, Awnings4Africa, Eunice Cabinets, and Nico Malan High School. "The response was amazing," says Campbell "Even Eskom came on board and now the school has electricity." The biggest gift came from an anonymous donor who installed a water station, bought curtains and scatter cushions, built cupboards and added other touches in two of the classrooms. "We are very grateful to this man and we can only hope he will allow us to thank him properly in the future," says Campbell. The school accommodates pupils from Grade R up to Grade 6. From there they have to move on to Graslaagte or Kruisfontein primary schools. This year the seven children from Uitvlucht who will move on will be fully sponsored by SASP. According to Campbell all the expense of school fees, books, stationery and uniforms will be taken care of by SASP who hope to sustain the sponsorship through their secondary schooling. Children with eyesight problems received reading glasses from the UK recently, while the children at the 7th Heaven Haven had a lovely surprise when the Campbells spoilt them on Christmas Day with gifts and food. For the past four years the children have received gifts and food over Christmas and Easter. "Opportunity through education" is SASP's motto. By helping SA schools with CV's to make the connection they link local schools with UK benefactors.


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