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57 Vulnerable children receive school uniforms

Children receive uniforms

Principals from 24 Port Elizabeth Primary schools together with teachers and OLIVE LEAF Foundation partners that included the Department Of Education and Grassrootsoccer joined at  the Missionvale Care Centre Hall to witness Back-to-School on 21 April 2010. The purpose of the event was to hand over school uniforms and restore some dignity in children who previously faced embarrassment at not having the proper attire. 57 children who are part of the OLF orphan and vulnerable children programme received school uniforms.

 

PE staff in School UniformThe event was made memorable to the children's delight as OLF staff decided themselves to wear school uniforms, hoping to add fun and excitement to the day!

Pictured from left to right : Nomonde Siwani- Facilitator for the Grannies and Caregivers Programme, Nonkosi Heshu- Senior field worker OVC Programme and Siphokazi Mlisana-Senior Field Worker OVC Programme.

The caregivers were very happy to see the children in their new uniforms “I cant stop saying thank you and I’m sharing tears of joy!”

 

Several of the children present at the event previously went to school with torn, old clothing and it was difficult for them to feel confident both socially and academically amongst their peers.Many of the children did not attend school at all for months at end. They commented on feeling like an outcast because of the way they dressed.

 

One of the partners present, Department Of Education, commented: “OLIVE LEAF Foundation started this programme before we did in the schools and the tools that they use are helping the children. As the department we have had a BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT but it  was nothing close to this!  We would like to take our partnership to greater heights.The work that you do is amazing’’

 

OLIVE LEAF Foundation would like to thank all our partners present at the event for their support, enabling us to bring dignity to our children together.

 


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