While statistics have proven that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important as the foundation that shapes children’s future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general, a growing body of research has found that school facilities can have a profound impact on both teacher and student outcomes. With respect to teachers, school facilities affect teacher recruitment, retention, commitment, and effort. With respect to students, school facilities affect health, behaviour, engagement, learning, and growth in achievement. Thus, researchers generally conclude that without adequate facilities and resources, it is extremely difficult to serve large numbers of children with complex needs.
Whilst building Siyanda Crèche in Ntshongweni last year, the Organisation spent a substantial amount of time in this community and it became abundantly apparent the need to focus the ‘Buy-a-Brick’ campaign at Lalelani Primary which is situated just in front of the crèche, to make a positive impact in this community.
Whilst there is so much that needs repair, as the structure was built in 1977 an had little to no attention since then apart from Principal Mathe painting the roof – from his own pocket – and the parents trying their best to ‘build on’. The school structure needs work on its poor ablution facilities; broken windows; water damaged classrooms; a dire need to paint the entire school; a safe and new kitchen container, where they cook for the 677 children one meal daily; Jo-Jo tanks and work on the water drainage system; an outdoor play area and school supplies.
“A big thank you for generous support of our Buy-a-Brick 2018 campaign with this INCREDIBLE and unexpected donation of an amazing R100 000 towards the project!! As well as support what we can only call an ‘Epic’ Mandela Day for the 700 children at Lalelani Primary! What an exciting and special day for these 700 children! So many of them are orphaned and vulnerable cases and being so rural, they’ve never had the opportunity to share in the love, joy, excitement and whole experience of what we shared with them yesterday! To top it off, each and every child went home with a brand new pair of school shoes, toys, toiletries, food, treats, stationery and big smiles with hearts filled-up with love. Our Buy-a-Brick 2017/8 campaign has had us working in this community for the past year and a half, last year building Siyanda Creche – above the Primary school, who also joined us yesterday - and this year uplifting Lalelani Primary; building their new ablutions, multipurpose sports field, playground, renovating classrooms and uplifting the exterior of the school too.
The words of a 12 year old Grade 7 scholar who gave a brief speech as the event started yesterday, “We will never be able to thank you enough for what you have done for us and our school, the last months having you at our school has been the best months of our lives, for the first time, we have had something to look forward to” – completely touching and a beautiful reminder of how when we stand together as a community we can make such a difference in the lives of others! Thank you for your generous support always and helping us to make a difference to these children!” – Kim Griffith Jones, Co-ordinator Robin Hood Foundation.
Beneficiary Analysis – Lalelani Primary 100% Black Learners