The 107 children of Cebolethu Educare Centre gave the Kulula.com team a rousing welcome as they arrived to launch a 60m2 prefabricated classroom on Wednesday, 16 October!
Phatheka Ndeleni, the school’s principal, was overcome with emotion when she thanked the donors for their gifts. She expressed her gratitude to Kulula.com, who, with Breadline Africa, had made the classroom possible. She added that she had been delighted to discover that a friend who works for Afrox had shared her story with his company’s management and they donated tables, chairs, t-shirts and a special lunch for the teachers and children.
Ms Antoinette Masinga, a Cabin Crew Manager based at the Cape Town office spoke on behalf of Kulula.com, explaining that the company is always keen to support initiatives that empower women. She thanked and encouraged Phatheka to continue to her amazing work. Antoinette was accompanied by five of her colleagues, who enthusiastically lent their support.
Puleng Phooko from Breadline Africa spoke about the journey that Breadline Africa has been on with both Kulula.com and Cebolethu. The journey with Kulula.com began in Gauteng in 2017, when the two organisations joined forces to launch a library, then partnered again in Cape Town and in KwaZulu Natal, where Kulula.com sponsored three structures for a rural school. The most recent launch was a kitchen feeding container at a primary school in Gauteng.
Ms Nomfezeko Sithole, a Social Worker who volunteers her time to teach at the centre every Wednesday, was pleased to be among those at the opening ceremony. She described the excitement of the children on the day that the structure was delivered, and that they could hardly wait to use it. She added that she was extremely excited for Phatheka, whose positive drive to build the community of Mfuleni is inspirational.
Puleng added her thanks to the donors and congratulated Phatheka on her new classroom, and expressed a hope that she would see many more happy little faces in her classroom in the coming years.