Date published: 01 March 2018
Launched in 1999, the School of Hope is a registered special needs secondary school under the wing of the Thembalitsha Foundation that provides hope through education for vulnerable youth and children. The school also offers support groups to parents and involves them in learning interventions specific to their child's needs. Add Hope started funding the school in 2016, enabling the school to provide a full nutrition programme including breakfast and lunch. The school has finally achieved full accreditation status with the Quality Assurance Body of Education, Umalusi and proudly achieved a 100% Matric pass rate in 2017.
Amidst great excitement, the 145 learners from Mowbray and surrounding areas welcomed the Add Hope teams on the day. School Principal, Adekunle Oyewo, says, “The only real hope for the vulnerable youth in these communities struggling with poverty, gansterism, drugs and crime lies in completing their education and becoming employable, productive members of society. The nutrition programme supported by Add Hope serves as the driving factor in enabling our learners to keep focused and to continue to strive for academic excellence.”
School Programme Manager Laura Collura says, “The nutrition programme is one of the most important contributors to academic success. It gives the learners a chance to focus on their school work throughout the day while their physical needs are taken care of through good nutrition. It is about more than the food, however. It is about learners feeling cared for in the family like environment. We love how the Add Hope team is now part of the family! The enthusiasm of the learners was so genuine and heartfelt on the day of the handover, it was so beautiful to see them getting a chance to thank our benefactors in person with such excitement and genuine joy. Thank you to everyone who contributes to Add Hope.”
Every R2 that KFC customers donate to Add Hope, combined with KFC social investment contributions, goes to sustainable feeding programmes to feed over 120 000 children at 25 national and 113 local beneficiaries, like the School of Hope, nationwide. Add Hope has raised over R400 million to fight hunger since 2009. Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC Public Affairs Director for Africa and Add Hope champion, says, “We’re pleased to be working with our customers to help the communities around Mowbray, and other vulnerable communities throughout South Africa. We all need to do what we can to turn the tide on the devastating effect of hunger and malnutrition on children. Add Hope works because it’s a small donation that is quick to add – it’s really the power of the collective to change lives. Your R2 fills children and their families with hope.”