Rondebosch pupils assist drought-stricken communities

Golden Grove Primary collecting water to assist drought-stricken areas.

Pupils from Golden Grove Primary in Rondebosch have come to the aid of drought-stricken communities.

The school has been working with Gift of the Givers since last Wednesday, February 6.

Each pupil is taking sealed water to the school. The bottles are picked up by the Gift of the Givers truck for distribution in the Karoo and Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown).

“Gift of the Givers came to us and gave us a few ideas of how we can assist them, so they mentioned that this water drive can assist them,” said teacher Ayesha Soni Ryklief.

There had been a good response from pupils’ parents, she said.

“The parents are normally very giving; they go out of their way to assist where they can,” she said.

Gift of the Givers project coordinator Ali Sablay said: “Every bit of water collected will make a difference in the lives of people living in areas like the Karoo and Grahamstown that have water restrictions.”

Principal Dawn Petersen said she was thrilled with the generous response from the school community.

“We thank Gift of the Givers for giving us the opportunity to teach and enhance the values we try and instill in our pupils,” she said.

More than 500 5-litre bottles of water have been donated so far.

Schools can contact Mr Sablay at 082 651 4195 if they want to help Gift of the Givers.

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