Reach­ing out to needy chil­dren

Tears of joy as Kusile donates sweaters

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IN their pur­suit to help oth­ers, Kusile Com­pre­hen­sive School pupils and teach­ers re­cently do­nated knit­ted sweaters to chil­dren in two or­phan­ages in their com­mu­nity of Dun­can Vil­lage.

The do­na­tion was made pos­si­ble by the school’s In­ter­act Club which con­sists of 24 pupils and two teach­ers.

Phys­i­cal sciences and life sciences teacher Babuji Achary, known to the com­mu­nity as “Mr

B”, said the club vis­its or­phan­ages, old age homes, and hos­pi­tals to help them where they can.

He said the knit­ted sweaters were a do­na­tion from women from var­i­ous churches in East Lon­don who knit.

“We visit places of need be­cause we want to give the learn­ers some­thing when they leave the school. We teach them that they should not only care about them­selves but care for oth­ers as well. That is a very im­por­tant les­son to learn,” Achary said.

Agnes Ndarana, the care­giver of an or­phan­age home in East Bank called River of Life, cried tears of joy when she re­ceived the do­na­tion.

Ndarana said car­ing for chil­dren was a call­ing for her as she was also raised by a grand­mother when her par­ents died, forc­ing her to be­gin work­ing as a do­mes­tic worker from the age of 14.

“I am also an or­phan, I know how painful it is to grow up with­out your par­ents. I know the pain of feel­ing re­jected. I raise th­ese chil­dren, some have grown up and have chil­dren and are work­ing. We are grate­ful to the school. When we are short of food we call ‘Mr B’ and he al­ways de­liv­ers and to­day they have come to en­sure our chil­dren are warm this win­ter,” she said.

An­other or­phan­age that re­ceived the do­na­tion was Enkaz­imul­weni Ncedanani Life Care Cen­tre .

“The club teaches us a lot about car­ing for oth­ers and show­ing re­spect,” a grade 11 pupil at the school, Zola Nd­abeni said.

“It teaches our pupils who are also from this com­mu­nity a lot about re­spon­si­bil­ity and car­ing for oth­ers,” the school’s deputy prin­ci­pal, Sivuy­ile Sishuba said. “Now and again they would go out to the hos­pi­tals, or­phan­ages, and old age homes to lend a help­ing hand.”

Achary said they also had a gar­den at the back of their school and they would some­times cook food and de­liver it to shel­ters.

“We don’t only visit places to help chil­dren, but old age homes as well, be­cause we be­lieve when some­one is old they should not be ig­nored,” he said.

‘Now and again they would go out to the hos­pi­tals, or­phan­ages and old age homes to lend a hand’

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