From the shack to school…
When he leaves in the morning his grandmother to walk to school, he passes by 6 others huts which together with his home are located in a backyard, along the only water tap and the collective squat toilet. His grandmother stays at home. Since the death of his mother due to Aids, she is also looking after his younger sister. Before the arrival of the grandmother he was on his own with the baby.
Finally he can go to school! Study! Play! Get out of the backyard, into life!
If only his stomach would not rumble all the time… At school he receives daily from the ministry of education some bread with jam and peanut butter, but there is not enough for all of them and for the whole day. How could it? Most of the 1.400 students do not exist officially; their parents have imigrated illegaly or the mothers have not registered their children before they died of TB, pneumonia or another illness. The headmaster accepts them all and the teachers look after them, but their means are limited, too limited to care for all of them and too limited to provide with necessary basics. There is not even a kitchen.
Sometimes he feels dizzy.
Then he wishes for a plate with colorful vegetables, with stamp and a big sausage, a glass of milk and a piece of sweet mango that are supposed to grow so nicely in South Africa. But not here in Katlehong.
This is a story, that reflects the life of most children attending the Tamaho and Mogobeng schools, since most of them live in shacks in backyards, come hungry to school and are mostly Aids-orphans who are looked after by their grandmothers or who have to live on their own. Have a look at the project in PDF-format and read how the two canteens help these children from Katlehong.
You want to support the children in Katlehong
- Yes, I want to become a sponsor of the Katlehong project (5 EUR or more per month)
Beneficiary: daily a healthy meal for about 2.500 children in the Tamaho and Mogobeng schools, salary for 8 employees and their family, garden space for about 8 volunteers
Scope of the project: construction and facilities for 2 kitchens and canteens, extension and putting into place 2 gardens, salaries for 4 cooks, 2 kitchen helps, 2 gardeners, purchasing of food
Duration of the project: January 2009- January 2013. During this period the schools will be able to find other local financing models and sponsors. Naledi Projects wishes to be part of it through its project sponsorships.
Project partner in Luxembourg:
Local project partner: Lambano Sanctuary NGO
Costs of the project: 484,569.80 € (representing 5 € per child per month)
Tel. + 352 30 81 64
Course of the project:
The co-financing of the project is closed: Naledi Projects did receive the discharge from the MAE – Direction de la Coopération.
The project has been a success in both schools: the absenteeism rate has decreased considerably since the implementation of the nutrition program: in the Annual National Assessments (ANA) the learners of both schools have progressed every year and exceed the average with rates of more than 70 %. Both schools have been classified as performing schools by the Gauteng Department of Education.
Viability of the project without the co-financing of the Luxembourg State:
Mogobeng Primary School: great success of the nutrition program with one warm and healthy meal a day for each learner. The financing is garanteed by local sponsors and the selling of own products of the mini-bakery and the school gardens, as well as the hiring of the dining room.
Tamaho Primary School: in spite of the challenge of a very deep socio-economical standard in this area, the nutrition program performs very well. The viability of the program is guaranteed due to a recycling project of plastic materials, the selling of own products of the mini-bakery and the school gardens, as well as the hiring of the dining room.
There is one objective reached indirectly by this project: the GDE-Gauteng Department of Education has finally replaced the old ship containers, used as class rooms, by niew prefabs of a high quality and this according to a promise given during our visit on site in March 2012.
The construction of the 28 new classrooms was completed on December 19th, 2014 and the learners could move in on January 8, 2015. Both learners and teachers are excitedabout the new classes, teaching and learning is running smooth and learning is more effective.
Tamaho Primary School January 2015
Mogobeng Primary School
In 2011 the Mogobeng Primary School was awarded the Health Promoting School Prize by the Department of
Social Development, Health, Environmental Inspectors based on the cleanliness of the facilities and hygiene levels
during the preparation and distribution of meals.
Tamaho Primary School
Following a challenging start, the organisation and management of the Tamaho Primary School dining facilities has
been improved a great deal.
The Tamaho nutrition program has now reached the same level as at Mogobeng.
Two teachers take care of the dining room and the bakery,
The gardens have been increased significantly.
About 70% of vegetables consumed at the school are grown in the school gardens.
Excess vegetables are sold mainly to teachers, generating additional income to the school.
During the March 2012 follow-up mission, NP held meetings with the directors, teachers, parent’s association
representatives, parents, students and school dining and bakery staff members. These meetings proved highly
The principal Walter Vukethwele, Cynthia Wald from NP the principal Mrs Aletta Morokoane and deputies
and the deputy Mrs Lindelwan of Tamaho School
The teachers of Mogobeng :
SGB-School Governing Board :
The parents of Tamaho :
The learners of Mogobeng and Tamaho :
• It is no longer necessary to fight for food: every pupil receives a full meal
• The school remained closed during the South Africa world cup. This was a catastrophe for the children as
it deprived the for a balanced meal for a whole month
• You cannot concentrate on an empty stomach, rendering studying ineffective
• A good education is the only long term solution to break out of poverty
Representatives from the Department of Education : Mrs Radinne (Inspector IDSO) et Mr Silas Bakwadi Thembo
(Planning and Partnership, Department of Education):
Politicians :Themba Charles Rampai, councillor of district 51, Municipality of Ekurhuleni :
Advisors play a key role in the communication between the communities they represent and the
municipal authorities by producing a report on each district meeting.
He assists the community in identifying its needs as well as prioritising development areas to be
considered. This report feeds into the planning process of the local municipality.
Transnet Freight Rail: initial Sponsor initial/founder of Tamaho Primary School :
In exchange of community support (less vandalism/theft on trains and rail maintenance support), Transnet
Freight Rail has made 40 containers available which will be converted into 17 classrooms (2 containers of 6 m 2per
Walter Vukethwele, director of the school, giving a speech, thanking Naledi Projects, the luxembourgish government and Lambano Sanctuary.
As the school teaches in Xhosa, all the students and the teachers were dressed in traditional clothes
The kids had organised a little contest to build a model of the new canteen.
Mogobeng primary school: Construction work is almost completed :
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14th April 2009: The construction work for the Mogobeng Primary School canteen started.