Donations bring joy

Learners from disadvantaged families in Olifantshoek and Deben were filled with joy when they received school uniforms with the help of the Kelebogile Trust in July.

The learners at the Maikaelelo Primary School in Olifantshoek and the learners of the Deben Primary School can now look like their peers and do not have to feel out of place when it comes to wearing uniforms.

The learners at the Deben Primary School first appeared shy, but soon smiled from ear to ear.

Jennifer Louw, principal at the school, said the learners now have no excuse to be absent from school due to uniform struggles.

The Kelebogile Trust, a non-profit organisation funded by Sener and Acciona Industrial, was established in 2015 and since then it has been empowering the local communities, enhancing educational issues, building and promoting skills development, and stimulating and capacitating small, medium and micro-enterprises.

Some of the key initiatives are the donation of school furniture to schools in the area, and the provision of bursaries to John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) learners to help further their studies.

Over and above that, 13 JTG young community members were trained as assistant ambulance drivers, and 60 early childhood practitioners were put through accredited training.

Every year the Kelebogile Trust dedicates a part of its funds to carry out a Mandela Day project.

This year the trust donated a dining table with four chairs, and a bar fridge, to a woman (who wants to stay anonymous) who turned 100 years old. She will use it in her new house built by the Joe Morolong Municipality.

The trust has also made provision for modular classrooms, ablution facilities and furniture at the Sishen Intermediate School, Deben Primary School and the Hotazel Combined School.

They also delivered toiletries and printing paper to 1 140 learners at a Gr. 12 camp.

The Kelebogile Trust has other projects, like a bursary project to 31 students in the JTG District, assistance with early childhood development training to 60 practitioners, and artisanal training for up to 300 general workers. They also assist 75 entrepreneurs.