Boost for Chintsa school

NGO of­fers qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion

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AFRICAN An­gels In­de­pen­dent School re­ceived a do­na­tion of R10 000 from life in­sur­ance com­pany MiWayLife re­cently, as part of its #MiFu­ture Cam­paign.

The Chintsa East-based school was one of three schools in South Africa which were se­lected in the up­lift­ment cam­paign.

Louise Bil­let, the school’s founder, said African An­gels was a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that was es­tab­lished in 2012. It pro­vides goodqual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to some of the most eco­nom­i­cally, so­cially and pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in the coun­try. “The school cur­rently has more than 130 pupils en­rolled from grade R to grade 7, all of whom are from fi­nan­cially dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds and many of whom are or­phans,” she said.

“By grade 3, chil­dren in the poor­est 60% of schools are al­ready be­hind by three years worth of learn­ing com­pared with their wealth­ier peers, and by grade 9 it es­ca­lates to five years.

“We are de­lighted and very grate­ful for what MiWay did for us and we are happy that they recog­nised the work we do at our school.”

Bil­let said MiWay was plan­ning to sup­port the school’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, and to im­prove its fa­cil­i­ties.

MiWayLife chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Craig Baker said, “The vi­sion of African An­gels is for ev­ery child to reach their full po­ten­tial and grow into fine South African cit­i­zens.

“This fits into our value as a life in­sur­ance com­pany to help in­vest in the fu­ture by pro­vid­ing sup­port for early child­hood de­vel­op­ment.”

The other or­gan­i­sa­tions that ben­e­fit­ted from the cam­paign were Teen ‘n Child De­vel­oper in Khayelit­sha in the West­ern Cape and Uk­whezi Lower Pri­mary School in Mpumalanga.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

SUP­PORT­ING YOUTH: African An­gels In­de­pen­dent School pupils with founder Louise Bil­let, left, and a MiWay Life In­sur­ance rep­re­sen­ta­tive

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