The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Department of Applied Management in collaboration with the Robinhood Foundation and Khulisa Agriculture Academy recently donated 88 school shoes, socks, party bags and fruits to the learners of Sithunjwana Full Service School, in Impendle. These stakeholders were fulfilling a promise they made after donating food parcels and promising to build classes in 2021.
The esteemed guests for the event were the DUT Department of Applied Management Work Integrated Learning Coordinator: Mlungisi Hadebe, Director of Khulisa Agriculture Academy: Ali Smeeton, Trustee of the Robinhood Foundation: Liesl Kriegisch, Robinhood Foundation Project Coordinator: Natalie Ogden, Sithunjwana Principal: Dudu Khena, Sithunjwana Head of Department (HOD): Foundation Phase Thandeni Zuma, Sithunjwana staff and learners.
“It is such a great honour to fulfill the promise we made on our last visit. It gives me pleasure to partake in making a difference within the Impendle community. The Department of Applied Management is planning to assist more schools in the rural areas. We hope to get more sponsors and collaborate with other stakeholders in alignment with the institution’s ENVISION2030 strategy,” said Hadebe.
Director of Khulisa Agriculture Academy, Ali Smeeton explained that their academy is very passionate about assisting rural communities specifically in disadvantaged areas.
“Our organisation provides training to people with disabilities, we have a huge farm near Midmar Dam in Howick which also assist us in giving back to the community. I am very pleased to be here to bring change to the lives of the Sithunjwana learners. I believe that blessed is the hand that gives. Khulisa is looking forward to growing more as we have a variety of such programmes planned for the year and future,” she said.
Robinhood Foundation Project Coordinator, Natalie Ogden, stated that their mission is about bettering the lives and future of those in need, committed to mobilising resources from businesses and individuals and putting them directly into the hands of the poor grannies, needy mums and children in their surrounding impoverished and AIDS-affected communities.
“We love helping people that are unable to help themselves, we are hands-on when it comes to our beneficiaries. Being here and seeing the joy and excitement of the learners is very heartwarming,” said Ogden.
The learners and teachers of Sithunjwana were happy with such a beautiful gesture. The Sithunjana Foundation Phase HOD, Thandeni Zuma expressed her words of gratitude.
“On behalf of the school and parents, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this initiative. Our school has a lot of learners coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. We hope that more schools with similar needs can receive such assistance,” said Zuma.
Pictured: Robinhood Foundation Project Coordinator: Natalie Ogden, Director of Khulisa Agriculture Academy: Ali Smeeton, Trustee of the Robinhood Foundation: Liesl Kriegisch and Sithunjwana Learners with their school shoes. Picture credit: Vusi Dlamini.