October 2009

Just next to the Krüger Park, in Mpumalanga, you find a very poor little town with about 10.000 inhabitants called Justicia. Unfortunately in Justicia, like in so many other South African towns, you find orphans. HIV/Aids is very often the reason
for their parents death and many of these children now live with their grandparents or uncle and aunts.
These family members unfortunately don’t have the opportunity to pay for the children’s school uniforms and
other essentials they need to go to school. This often results in the children skipping school
and rather working for family and friends than attending school.
There are two primary schools in Justicia so we decided to help 10 children, 5 at each primary school.

We revisited the Babati Primary School together with Welding and Principal Mr. Jackson Mdhluli and picked out the first 5 children.After we had left Justicia, Welding picked 5 more children from the Mketse primary school and the first thing he did was to buy all 10 children new school uniforms.

Zandile, who was 10 years old at the time, had problems reading. The teachers at her school thought it might be because of bad eyesight so Welding took her to the optician in Hazyview. There she received glasses and did much better at school afterwards.

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