Elec­tri­fy­ing part­ner­ship sparks hope for cen­tre

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Global con­sult­ing, en­gi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion com­pany Black & Veatch, in part­ner­ship with non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Car­ing for Or­phans in Ru­ral Ar­eas (CORA) and Sun Part­ners In­ter­na­tional (SPI), re­cently launched the newly elec­tri­fied Nom­pumelelo Learn­ing Cen­tre.

The up­graded cen­tre is lo­cated near the Python Park and con­sists of class­rooms, a kitchen, court­yard and play area for 35 or­phaned chil­dren be­tween the ages of three and five years old.

The fully elec­tri­fied cen­tre en­ables CORA to pre­pare bet­ter meals for the chil­dren. The chil­dren can also con­tinue learn­ing dur­ing times when there is poor nat­u­ral light, while the com­mu­nity can utilise the fa­cil­ity af­ter hours.

Black & Veatch sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa branch vice-pres­i­dent Keith Small said they are ex­cited and hum­bled by the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion ef­fort.

“Nom­pumelelo’s elec­tri­fi­ca­tion re­flects Black & Veatch’s proven ap­proach – bring­ing to­gether our pro­fes­sion­als and key part­ners from around the world to plan and im­ple­ment both small- and mega-scale projects,” he said.

CORA founder Kathy Schultz said one of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s main ob­jec­tives has al­ways been to en­hance and em­power the chil­dren and com­mu­ni­ties they work with.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of so­lar power at our Nom­pumelelo Cen­tre is go­ing to change lives and level the play­ing fields in no small way.”

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LET THERE BE LIGHT: Newly up­graded Nom­pumelelo Learn­ing Cen­tre that has been elec­tri­fied re­cently

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