US ‘angels’ help Addo children

THE TV show title Angels in America has been brought to life by US citizens who have made it their mission to transform children’s lives in an impoverished citrus town in the Eastern Cape.

Two weeks ago, a group of kindhearted Americans gathered at Thames Street Kitchen, a trendy family owned restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island, for a fundraising dinner in aid of Vusumzi Primary and Samkelwe High Schools in Addo’s Nomathamsanqa Township. Speaking from the US yesterday, Universal Promise founder and president Martha Cummings said nearly R350000 had been raised at the event.

The money would be used to buy laptops and go towards the construction of an arts and culture centre at Vusumzi Primary.

About 10 Americans, including Cummings, will embark on a 16- day volunteer cultural exchange and tourism trip to South Africa in March. They will come bearing life-changing gifts in the form of the laptops for a state-of-the-art computer laboratory at Vusumzi.

Vusumzi principal Vuyani Sampies said he was humbled by Cummings’s generosity and was blown away by her tireless efforts to improve Addo children’s quality of education and their learning environment.

Cummings also runs a Hope after High School (HHS) scheme, through which she donates laptops, iPads, Kindle Fires and stationery to matriculants.

One of the first beneficiaries of HHS, Siyabulela Rabie, 25, is graduating from NMMU next year with a social work degree. – Xolisa Phillip

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