Buddyz help needy pupils

Ruth Nonkelela handing out uniforms to the needy children at Lwandle Primary School.

As part of their social responsibility to give back to the needy, the Soul Buddyz Club at Lwandle Primary School, in Khayelitsha, collected uniforms, school shoes, shirts and socks for 30 of their peers.

The pupils were assisted by some of their former teachers.

Soul Buddyz chairperson and Grade 7 pupil, Inga Mvandaba, said she was happy that they helped the needy. She said working with other children made them realise the need for school uniforms.

She thanked their co-ordinators and some former teachers for always helping where there is a need.

“They love the school and the Soul Buddyz a lot. We appealed to them to buy some uniforms for the needy. We are grateful to have such teachers and ex-teachers,” said Inga.

She also praised her team for working in unity.

“We help each other a lot. During the break we have to look after young children where they play and ensure they stay away from the cars. The kind of work that we do gives us a lot of responsibility and we are growing as people,” she said.

Soul Buddyz co-ordinators, Ruth Nonkelela and Nozuko Nongogo, acknowledged the good work done by the group.

Ms Nonkelela said they were grateful for the donation and hoped the parents would be equally pleased.

“They are really helpful, not only to their peers, but to us as the teachers as well. They keep the school clean and teach others to do the same. They also raise awareness on certain things at the school,” she said.

She said the ex-teachers had come together and raised some funds so the pupils could buy the uniforms.

She said they appreciate the tremendous work they did and still do for the school.

Ms Nongogo said the new school uniforms would help restore the children’s dignity and encourage them to perform at their best. She said many families were struggling with unemployment and it was difficult to buy their children uniform.

She said the team of Soul Buddyz at the school noticed that most parents were poor and thanked them for keeping an eye on their peers, especially the needy.