The location of our projects is in areas where the majority of the population lives at or below the poverty line. In addition, the community has indicated the need for such a project and its willingness to be involved.
The School and Region
Seganyane primary school is one of the poorest schools in the deep rural village of Bodlayabongolo in Mpumalanga province. The school has an enrollment of approximately 450 learners and 11 teachers. Ninety percent of the children are poor and/or orphaned. In the past, the school has experienced high rates of absenteeism, large number of drop outs, low pass rates and poor participation in school and co-curriculum activities.
According to a recent study entitled “Bushbuckridge Local Municipality 2014/15 Final Integrated Development Plan” the region has severe social and economic problems. Fifty-five percent of the population is unemployed. Thirty percent is infected with HIV. And eighty percent is below the age of 34.
Accomplishments and Future Goals
It is well documented that children who are hungry perform worse in school than children who are well fed and therefore have less chances in life. Currently, UBUNTU provides a daily second meal to a little over 100 learners of Seganyane primary school. UBUNTU is very proud to announce that ever since the introduction of our “Feeding Their Future” program, Seganyane primary school learners are attending school daily, participating in extra classes and co-curriculum activities, showing generally improved learner behavior, demonstrating a higher level of concentration in- and outside the classroom and living a “healthier life-style”.
In addition, a vegetable garden is being established to create employment, increase the capacity of the second meal program and to teach self-reliance and self-sustainability.
UBUNTU also introduces three after school programs: sewing, carpentry and traditional dance. The idea behind these classes is to teach the children a skill and keep them connected with their culture. The teachers of these classes are people from the local community. It will also increase confidence, self-esteem and self-reliance of the learners.
Looking to the future, UBUNTU would like to add learners from Seganyane to the program. In addition, UBUNTU would like to focus on pregnant, vulnerable women, infants and pre-school children at risk and orphans. Proper access to food supplements will have a long-lasting effect on these children’s general health, abilities and development. UBUNTU strives to work hand in hand with home based care to identify and monitor these children and women.