Vukukhanye Outreach: Giving Back to the Community
UKZN’s Extended Learning (UEL) division adopted the Vukukhanye Educare Centre in Chesterville, Durban, in the aftermath of the looting and burning in Durban in July.
With the centre already struggling before the unrest because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, UEL staff decided to support the 36 children who are in foster care and early education at Vukukhanye.
As part of its contribution, the Division gave each of the youngsters a care package containing slippers, socks, activity books, hygiene products, treats, and toys. The donation was well received by both the children and teachers, who showed their appreciation through song and dance.
UEL personnel prioritise being education leaders who strive to make a difference in local communities helping in whatever capacity they can. This initiative would not have been possible without the contribution of UEL staff members, who were given the opportunity to sponsor a child.
A big thank you also to the official sponsors, Intombi Promotional Gifts, for drawstring, lunch and toiletry bags, and toys, and to wholesalers and distributors of plastic products SRK, for lunch boxes.
The public and private sectors, civil society, and the media all have a responsibility to help those less fortunate wherever possible. There needs to be a commitment to nurturing and protecting child-centred development by directing resources to where they are needed most, thus helping to provide hope for future generations in South Africa.
Words and photograph: Nkosingiphile Ntshangase