Vuselela School Makeover aims to uplift disadvantaged schools by providing the Learners with improvements to their environment that contributes to a happy and satisfying learning experience. We include the stakeholders (school teachers and parents of the Learners) in the decisions on what must be changed and improved at the school. They are also involved as volunteers to help with the work that needs to be done.
The aim is to give the school a makeover so that it will take its place as a pillar of hope in the community. The school is the most important place any child goes to and it needs to look and feel like home or even better.
Learners must feel proud of their school and they must be proud to tell and show people where they go to learn during the day. We aim to provide this to every child in the Western Cape and beyond. Every Learner, Parent , Teacher and Principal must feel a sense of belonging when they look at their school.
The Balula Home Based Care & Craft Center
The care and craft center is situated in Fisantekraal Squatter Camp. They cater for kids with disabilities and learning disabilities by teaching them to work with their hands. They currently look after 15 – 20 kids on a daily basis. They are registered with the Department of Social Development and have certain criteria they have to abide by. They however do not have bathroom facilities and running water inside the building and the children have to use the community toilets down the road. This is both a safety risk and a hygienic problem for these little ones. This is not unusual in these kinds of environments where similar problems are encountered at home.
We however want to make sure that they have the basics at “school” so that they can also feel special and that someone is looking out for them.
Our project aims to provide the bathrooms and the running water so that the kids can feel safe in the environment where they are taught to be as normal as possible. We will build and install toilets inside the Craft Centre with running water. This will be done by installing water pipes that link to the Municipal feed into the informal settlement. The necessary plumbing, toilets for the girls and urinals for the boys will then be installed in the Craft Centre’s facilities. This will be a much more hygienic environment for these little ones where they can be taught essential hygiene and how to look after themselves by washing their hands after using the toilet as that is not possible when they use the community toilets.
“With the basic hygiene looked after the disabled kids will be better off and will be safer and thus can concentrate on what is really to their benefit…. To be treated as normal kids!!!” Mr. Anthony Obinna Ihejirika of Balula.
If We raise more than Our target amount, this is how we will use the moneyVuselela is always looking for new projects to support. We also continue to provide maintenance support and training to the schools once we have completed the upgrade. Any funds raised over our target amount will be used for a similar project or for post-upgrade support. We will inform any donors of how this money has been allocated.