Even when life challenges us,
it is a gift beyond measure ~Parker Palmer
At the organic genesis of Ukulapha, friends requested to sponsor the education of the little children from the Mngadi family, one of the original families Ukulapha commenced working with. This would offer these little ones an enhanced education from the start of their educational lives. And this is how it all unfolds for them….
Ayanda Mngadi & Alwande Mbeje:
At 5 years of age they commenced grade R/kindergarten at the wonderful New England Pre Primary school. These 2 girls are a couple of weeks apart in age and have known each other, as neighbours in Slangspruit, since birth. It was decided to send both together since they didn’t have much English and would be of support to one another on this great adventure…it has been an excellent initiative!
They have gone from strength to strength, rising to every challenge, integrating with poise and grace; it wasn’t easy!
They are now in senior primary at Longmarket Girls after 3 successful years at the amazing Ridge Junior Primary. It is such a joy to see them thriving and how beneficial it is for these youngsters to get an excellent start from the very beginning.
The girls are both doing well in sports, an opportunity they would not have had and are truly integrated little South Africans!
Oyama is Ayanda’s younger sister and after a few years in pre-primary school, she is now in junior primary, also going from New England to Ridge.
This little lass who is quieter and a little self-conscious, is benefitting hugely from the smaller classes and extra attention afforded her. Like the older girls did, she is benefitting from extra swimming lessons, hip hop and ballet lessons which have really built her confidence and explored some of her talents.
Phiwokuhle is a cousin to the girls and since they all live in the same small house, they may as well be siblings.
He is 100% boy, quite fearless and jumps into every opportunity ‘boots and all’. He is in pre-primary at New England and we have signed him up for every possible activity, including karate, to harness and focus his boundless energy!
Next year he advances to junior primary school.