Our campaign for the Makgatho primary school was the first project of our little organization although on a personal level we had been collaborating with this school for some time before and knew first hand how hard the twenty teachers and the rest of the staff work every day to give these children a better future.
South African census data verify that half of the children who start primary school never finish their studies and that only around 14% of the students in 9th year can read and write correctly.
The 942 boys and girls of the Makgatho Primary School don’t have an easy life. Many are orphans, other live in children or granny led families, man hostels, informal settlements and refugee camps. The school makes an effort to give them two meals a day but they suffer from basic hygiene and health problems. They are kids that have very little and rarely receive gifts, but they are happy kids, that want to learn to lift themselves out of poverty.
“Giving each child a book will work magic not just for one child but for the entire family. The children will read with their siblings and their parents too.
Let alone that Christmas gifts for our children rarely happen because most families have nothing and use the little they have for other needs.”
Jane Tsharane, Directora del colegio MPS
The Christmas of 2016, with your help, they received a very special gift: a book.
In this way, we wanted to share a bit of the Christmas magic with these children and promote the reading habit to encourage them to keep studying to build a better future. Every book was selected carefully, with each child in mind, and the donation included from timeless classics to the contemporary African titles. It is not only how much you read but also the quality of what you read that matters.
The project was a round success in many senses. The campaign raised up to 13.000 Euros within a few weeks. Almost 1.000 books were delivered to the students of Makgatho primary school in time for Christmas.
It was a highly efficient first project because 100% of the money used went to the purchase and distribution of the books (and we still had a lot of money left for more projects!). Moreover, both the purchase and the logistics involved South African companies, so our little money investment stayed in the region.
At the same time, it was a project with a lot of emotional value. Most of these children received a present and a book for the first time in their lives; and the teachers of the school enjoyed it as much as their students.