Gift of the Givers provide the tools for a better tomorrow

A grade 7 class at LMS helps carry the stationery packs into the school.

IN any public school, teachers are faced with learners whose lives are marked by scarcity instead of comfort.

It is a daily battle to try to get children whose parents cannot afford basic stationery, new school uniforms or even a packed lunch, to think beyond their basic needs toward using knowledge as a tool to uplift themselves from adversity.

However, it is through instilling a deep-seated sense of compassion and a propensity for goodwill in every child that the learners of today can be moulded into the leaders of tomorrow.

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At Lucas Meyer Primary (LMS) and New Republic School, learners are taught nine core values, among them are ‘caring’ and another is ‘helping people who are in need’.

Gift of Givers volunteer, Marlisa Marais, and NRS parent, Fathima Dhooma, set an example for caring for those in need when they arranged a donation of stationery packs for underprivileged learners at both schools.

A grade 1 class collects the stationery packs on behalf of NRS.

Each of the stationery packs contained a child’s basic stationery needs for the year, including a stack of note books, book covers, pens, pencils, erasers and glue sticks.

Principal of LMS, Riaan Kritzinger, thanked Ms Marais and Gift of the Givers for the donation, saying, “I don’t think everybody knows how big the need is in our town. There are many parents who have become unemployed as the town’s economy goes down, and they are struggling to find work. As a school, we try to help where we can. What is so wonderful about this donation from Gift of the Givers is that they approached us, we didn’t even ask.”

Principal of NRS, Jasper Jonker, echoed Mr Kritzinger’s sentiments, saying, “The need is really big in the community and this donation will help a lot. Being able to supply stationery to those children who don’t have, will instill a sense of positivity. They no longer have to feel left out. They can now feel like part of the class. A big thank you to Gift of Givers.”

“As the mother of a special needs child, I have had to overcome many challenges to ensure that my child gets the best education possible. As a result, I understand that ensuring your child has a good education, can be a struggle in terms of resources. I think it is important for every child to get an education, whether it is a special needs child, or the child has every resource, or the parents are struggling financially. I talk to a lot of parents and I hear how they are struggling financially, and each year the stationery gets more expensive, so I approached Gift of the Givers for assistance and I am grateful that we could make a difference in Vryheid. I am grateful to Imraan Mahomed from Port Shepstone Gift of the Givers and all the individuals who helped bring hope to these children,” concluded Ms Marais.

  AUTHOR
Estella Naicker

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