April 2012

Welding has done a magnificent job and our library is built, but still without books.
We have a small opening ceremony with teachers and students.
We hope the library will be a hit and that the students finally will be able to practice their reading.

A few weeks later the books arrived and it was very exciting to receive an update from Welding,
Lindiwe is amongst the most eager students!

Viyida and her staff at the Ntshuxekani pre-school receive their new yellow T-shirts with the school logo.

These children have pretty much never left Justicia, so as a reward we take all, now 11 children,
on a daytrip to Hazyview and Graskop. This was a great way to spend some time together as well as to show them,
and us, some more of this beautiful country.

NOSA child No. 11 is named Beleza Mlambo, born 30.01.1998 and is Lindiwe’s older sister.

But we also took the opportunity to speak to them as a group; we are very disappointed in the school results.
We had to tell them that if they don’t make an effort and start working harder we will have to do,
like we did with Sammy, and take them out of the group!
This means no more school uniforms, day trips, football matches or parties at the church.
Welding helps the children with homework after school and therefore knows who is working and who is not.
The students not doing their work is one side of the problem, the other thing is that the schools are lacking essentials
like desks, books, notepads and pens/pencils.

We therefore wish to build two new classrooms at the Babati primary school, one for mathematics and one for English.
These classrooms are to seat 50 students each, with “old-fashioned” double desks. We also want to supply books, pens etc. we hope this will help teachers and students in two of the most important subjects.

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