D.G. Mashego is situated in Violet Bank village in Bushbuckridge, a poverty-stricken rural community where the main source of income is the child-support grant. The rate of HIV AIDS is high and of the 364 children attending the school, 18 are orphans and many come from child-headed families.
Room to Read started working at the school in January 2017, having been offered a room where the original library was established. With the intervention of the Literacy program, children in the foundation phase can read and write at their early stage of learning. Many of them can read independently.
In 2018, the school had grown so much that they could no longer spare the teaching space and the library became a classroom. When Breadline Africa began to work with Room to Read in the area, Phinah Ncube, the coordinator, realised that with the generosity of the organisation’s donors, it may be possible to place an additional library at D.G. Mashego Primary School – in addition to the libraries that had already been placed in 2017 and 2018.
Phinah Ncube from Room to Read organised the launch and wrote the following: “Thank you so much for this wonderful gift. We truly appreciate it so much. The community promised to make use of the library, take good care of this library and also to sustain the project going forth. As Room to Read we will continue to support the school for the benefit of this community. We will also make sure that learners acquire the skill of reading, so that they become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.”