Lettie De Klerk Primary School, Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape
Container Kitchen Handover
22 May 2015
Today, Friday 22nd May, we celebrated with 250 very excited children at the handover of a container kitchen to their school. Lettie De Klerk Primary School is located 60 km from Graaff-Reinet, in the small Karoo town of Nieu-Bethesda. Lettie De Klerk is the only primary school in this town and was started by a local farmer’s wife more than 100 years ago. There are only two roads leading in and out of Nieu Bethesda, indicating the remoteness of the place.
Under the leadership of a very enthusiastic and dynamic principal, Mrs Barbara Vaaltyn together with her 7 educators, marked the day as a day of triumph. The programme was started with an opening prayer from the town’s Dominie Du Toit. The opening was attended by parents and dignitaries from various District Departments. Mr. Ashley Horn, Chairperson from the School Governing Body addressed the children and the parents, reminding them that “…good comes to those who wait patiently”. She further promised that she and her fellow colleagues would together look after the kitchen facility. Echoing in song and dance in the Karoo autumn sun, the school choir and the drum majorettes entertained the audience. Speeches were the order of the day and the Department’s District Director for Nutrition professed that despite the many challenges this small rural school faced it always seems to overcome and it makes him very proud to be part of their achievements. He also assured the delegates that the brand new kitchen cupboards will be filled with food.
Barbara Vaaltyn, the principal, was filled with emotion and gratitude as she addressed the crowd. She thanked Breadline Africa for “…bringing change into her children’s lives and exposing them to something beautiful and for them to have a sense of worth” She articulated to the children that, as small as they are, they can achieve anything they set their minds to and that nothing is ever impossible if they believe. This joyous event was brought to an end with dusty shoes that danced the afternoon away in celebration.