Story by Motsieng Mooketsi
Matlosana”Klerksdorp”: Letlhasedi Combined School received a pleasant surprise on wednesday when Maklera Magazine and Izintombi Foundation paid a special visit to the school for a worthy course. “Both teachers and students welcomed us with excitement and warmth”.
Letlhasedi Combined School is found on the outskirts of Matlosana on the R30 route to Ventersdorp, it has 14 classes and 535 learners in total. The farm school is one of the few farm schools around the Matlosana area that is faced with challenges of poor infrastructure and limited resources.
After visiting the school in June this year, The Izintombi Foundation, established by; Nomsa Gaxela, Dinah Kalanie, and Abigail Mothupi saw the plight of 25 matriculants who live in the school premises in order to attend the afternoon class and study lessons.
Furthermore the students live miles aways from the school and the transport offered by government is unable to wait for them to finish with the afternoon classes because the buses have to transport lower grade pupils home.
The 25 matriculants consists of 9 boys and 16 girls and they use two classes as their residence for weekdays, they are only able to go home on fridays. During their stay at school on weekdays they deal with shortage or no food and toiletry.
To intervene in the situation at the school. The Izintombi foundation donated toiletry to the matriculants on our visit to the school. The toiletry had soaps, face cloths, tooth brushes, tooth paste, lotions, deodorants and pads for girls, each student received a pack.
“We were shown the two class rooms the students live in, they share one room per two groups and use it to bath, sleep and eat if there’s any food. To make matters worse the Jojoba water tanks are damaged and not user friendly.
The students thanked us for visiting the school and donating essential needs and said! They hope to see us again very soon. Izintombi Foundation is planning to donate food to the students in future and say they hope there is a good Samaritan who can be able to assist with that project.