As many will recall, John X Safaris made giant strides towards community upliftment during 2011. Through the support of our generous hunters who took part in our Humanitarian Initiative we were able to achieve our goals in supporting the Amasango Career School. Some of the donations included; warm blankets for winter, sports equipment, toothbrushes, face clothes, warm socks, clothing, school stationary, toys, and more. Needless to say the support of our donating hunters went further than what they’d ever realize, and set off a new 2 year commitment for the John X Safaris Humanitarian Initiative.
Some Background on – NOMZAMO / SIYAKHULA PRE-SCHOOLS
Siyakhula Pre-School is situated in Grahamstown, East Cape, and was established during early 2000. It accommodates a range of kids from previously disadvantaged homes, whose parents cannot afford the cost of day care or pre schooling outside of townships. What started out as a belief of wanting to make a difference while at the same time providing for a family, has now turned into a lifeline for many under privileged homes.
Mrs. Ntentile is the founder and head mistress of both Nomzamo and Siyakhula Pre School – “I believed that my role, small as it may be, could make a difference in the lives of vulnerable kids. Furthermore, it was aimed at helping parents continue working without worrying about the safety of their kids. It also targeted teenagers and gave them a second chance in life as they continued with their studies even though they had kids of their own. In addition to this, this pre-school was opened with a view of creating jobs. Right now I have five dedicated employees. In other words, it was my way of empowering other women to be self-sufficient and not depend on their spouses.”
Currently, the enrolment stands at +- 100, with numbers changing throughout the year due to varying circumstances. Mts. Ntentile adds, “Given our rates (R100 – the equivalent of +-$13 per child/per month) and the hours we dedicate to the children, I regard this venture as much a lifeline for our family as my contribution to society.”
Some kids are fetched as late as eight in the evening and the first arrivals start at 06.30 every morning. Apart from the peace of mind knowing that your child is being cared for, parents are assured that children receive a minimum of two meals per day.
FUTURE PLANS & GOALS
CHALLENGES FACED DAILY
John X Safaris Humanitarian Initiative plans to support the school in two main areas.
The first sees us undertaking the challenge of upgrading both facilities, starting with Nomzamo. Gardening, fencing, painting, plastering and plumbing are all in need of serious attention. We plan to develop a welcoming warm environment which allows kids of a young age to be stimulated by their surroundings.