South African Schools  

Because of the contributions of the students in our neighborhood schools, and the support of generous donors like you, over 1200 students will walk to school in shoes that would have continued to gather dust under a bed in this community. Ten thousand books, brimming with new stories and ideas, will engage the minds of South Africa’s youth. Twenty thousand pencils and pens, most of which would have eventually become purse or glove box clutter, will equip these learners with another tool with which to express themselves. And 2500 of those future leaders will outline their dreams for their community and our world in the pages of a new spiral notebook that someone like you provided.

Why South Africa?

  • South Africa has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world.

  • Over 70,000 babies are born every year with HIV in South Africa.  Many never reach school age.

  • It’s not uncommon for one or both parents to die from AIDS while children are young. In 2011, there were over 2.1 million AIDS orphans in South Africa.

  • In 2008 more than 280,000 children under the age of 15 yrs were living with HIV.

  • In 2011, it was estimated that over 12% of the population in South Africa live with HIV and AIDS! That is over 5.6 million people, more than any other country in the world.

  • In Kwa Zulu Natal where we deliver supplies, it is estimated over 35% of the population has HIV/AIDS (an area that continues to have one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF)).

  • Kwa Zulu Nataal also has the highest cases of pneumonia in children under 5 in the country, with 8 of the 10 worst affected districts all in this province.  Pneumonia is the second biggest killer of young children in the country.

Why is HIV - AIDS such a tremendous problem in South Africa?

Although the reasons are many….one of the primary reasons is lack of formal education.

  • 4 out of 5 schools have no library.
  • 4 out 5 schools have no computer center.
  • 4 out of 5 schools have no science laboratories.

In the KwaZulu Natal Region where we deliver our supplies:

  • 1 out of every 3 schools have no electricity.
  • 1 out of every 3 schools have no sport facilities.
  • 1 out of every 2 schools only has pit latrine toilets (outhouses).

South Africa needs educated children!

  • Education allows people to improve their family’s economic standing and strengthens the country’s economics  as well.
  • Education also creates equity, giving more freedom of choice to all people.

Each year the travel team visits and places school supplies in the hands of more than 6000 students in an average of 32 schools, traveling a total of 1,650 miles to reach some of the most remote schools in the area.

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