Walmer Sun reporter
THE Masifunde Learner Development received a healthy boost of R34000 recently towards its education support projects in Gqebera.
Managing director of Masifunde, Jonas Schumacher, said the donation will be used for books and other educational materials.
“This is exactly the kind of help we need from the public, and we ask that others take the lead from this example,” said Schumacher.
Masifunde has been running its pupil support programme in Gqebera for eight years.
There are 250 pupils in their life-skill training programme “Learn4Life!”, which not only trains them to become change makers in their community, but gives them access to computer classes, sports, drama and music lessons.
Of these pupils from Gqebera, 51 receive bursaries to attend top performing Port Elizabeth schools. The support provided by Masifunde is not limited to school fees, but includes transport, aftercare, homework support and a range of extra-curricular activities.
In making the donation Tim HewittColeman, of NOH Architects, praised the efforts his office colleagues who had raised the cash through their success in a gruelling corporate team-building event known as the “Archi-race”. “We had no hesitation in agreeing that the donation should be made to Masifunde, this is an investment in our youth and in our future.
“We are all in this together,” said Hewitt-Coleman.
The handing over happened before Masifunde’s drama group performed a play called The Reading Revolution to all Grade 3 and 4 pupils of Walmer Township. The play promotes the culture of reading – a perfect moment for Hewitt-Coleman to hand over funds for books and educational material.