College of Humanities Staff Revamp Children’s Library
College of Humanities staff refurbished the library at St Martins Diocesan Home for Children in Glenwood, Durban, as a contribution towards Mandela Month.
The home was chosen as a community engagement project as it provides a safe haven for 80 abused, abandoned or neglected children.
The College called for staff members to volunteer their time to refurbish the Home’s library and to donate books.
Activities on the day included painting, cataloguing library books, cleaning, and establishing a bright and colourful reading corner.
Staff members produced a fun learning and reading environment for the children and also contributed groceries.
College Director of Professional Services Mr Kishore Gobardan said, ‘This was an important initiative aimed at keeping Madiba’s legacy alive. As a College, we are proud to have contributed to the educational needs of the children.’
Expressing her gratitude, St Martins Principal Mrs Ishara Poodhun said: ‘UKZN has made a huge difference to the lives of our children who now have a five star facility where they can enhance their knowledge.’
Poodhun said the youngsters were excited about the library and using it to the full.
‘The UKZN team gave of their best to provide a wonderful facility. We are all very grateful,’ she said.
Staff who were involved in the project described the initiative as an opportunity to give back to the community.
‘Well done to the College for driving the library project – the hard work paid off and it was wonderful to be part of the team,’ said Dr Bridget Campbell of the School of Education.
The College, which hopes to tackle similar community engagement projects in the future, thanked the following people and organisations for their contributions and support:
• Information and Communication Systems at UKZN: three computers
• Campus Management Services (CMS) at UKZN: painting and flooring
• UKZN’s School of Education: 20 chairs
• The Gravy Bowl: meals
• Mr Prasham Gopichand of Simply Signs
• Mr Joey Konan of Stevlec Sales
• Mr Logan Vandeyar and Mr Sagie Naidoo of CMS
• Mr Balwan Singh of VSR Construction
Although there were many people involved in the project, Mr Gobardan specifically wanted to thank the core team that drove this project namely; Professor Busisiwe Alant, Melissa Mungroo, Dane Arumugam, Calvin Thomas, Sibongiseni Msomi, and Minenhle Dlamini.
To volunteer your time or to make a donation phone the Home at: 031-201 1261.