On Saturday 6 August, five volunteers from IH Language Institute visited the Sunshine Educare School in Wolwerivier.

The Xhosa name of “Umta Welanga” (When in a dark, cloudy sky, a ray of sunshine breaks through) best describes this little place of hope in an otherwise desolate environment of tiny rudimentary tin homes. Local labourers and their families here have had to survive on meagre resources and are familiar with the bare minimum.

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This amazing facility which is an oasis of light in a place of darkness originally started off in a desperately undersized shack with one tiny window, where 70 children aged one to eight years old were huddled in one shared room.

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Habitat for Humanity Volunteers replacing the mats after scrubbing the floors clean with Savlon solution.

Soon, with the help of SAVE Foundation, the school acquired a Wendy House which allowed them to take the older kids out in a group to do educational activities while the babies and toddlers played.

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The school currently has 100 children and 3 classrooms: baby room 0-2 years and then middle class 3 – 4 years and then big class 5 – 6 years old.

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A vegetable garden, planted on the school premises feeds the kids and community.

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Kids help the volunteers to move a large compost pile to the vegetable garden.

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IH Student Coordinator Maren Scholten plays with a little girl in the sun.

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A little girl leans in for a hug 🙂

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The Settlement.

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We scrubbed everything clean from top to bottom.

To learn more about this special school and follow it’s development, click here. The school is still desperately in need of a proper floor. Currently, the floor consists of old carpets covering the bare dirt ground. To assist, click here.