Thembelihle Primary School is an independent school that provides quality education to young children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the village of Howick in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
Most of the children come from informal settlements in Howick such as Shiyabazali. The people from these communities are largely unemployed and have moved from more rural areas in search of employment. Their living conditions are basic.... there is no running water, electricity or sewage. Many of the children are orphans whose parents are victims of AIDS and they now live with aged grandparents who survive on a small old age pension.
Thembelihle School currently provide education to 275 children from disadvantaged backgrounds, 75 in the pre-primary school and 200 children in the primary school. As most of these children cannot afford to attained school, the governing body of the school makes an effort to find sponsorship for as many of these disadvantaged children as possible. Through the generous sponsorship of their school fees by members of the church and community, we are able to provide an education for children from a pre-primary level until they are ready to attend state funded high schools.
Everyone can help one way or another to assist in minimising the long-term effects of poverty. We at Thembelihle feel that we are making a constructive contribution to helping the children in our community obtain a quality education. There are many ways in which you can help us. You could help a child to obtain an education and head start in life by sponsoring school fees. Many of the families whose children are pupils at Thembelihle are unemployed and cannot afford to send their children to school.
You could also help to fund a teacher's salary, donate books or educational toys, groceries or clothing. Or if you live locally – we would love for you to spend time with our children – perhaps listen to their reading?