THE STORY SO FAR
From just 30 pupils in 2011, today over 500 students are currently receiving education at the Nhlengelo Primary School, 53 of whom will graduate this year and move on to secondary school.
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life-changing education in a safe environment. This is especially important now, due to the global threat of COVID-19, and is why the foundation is providing a secure screening station to protect the health of all Nhlengelo Primary School students.
Before the Foundation stepped in, the children at this remote school were having their lessons in rundown buildings and outside under a marula tree. Many would-be students were forced to walk 10 kilometres to the nearest school along dangerous roads or they did not go to school at all. Initial funds for the project were raised independently.
The school is now thriving, and over the last nine years, it has provided education for more than 500 students under the age of 12. The first group of learners graduated in 2017 and went on to secondary school. It was decided that, to give ongoing support and to help create a school that could benefit the whole community, the project would need a regular source of financial aid and that was the impetus for the formation of the Alumier Foundation.
The Alumier Foundation chose this symbolic tree as part of its logo to represent the roots of the school and its promise of education.
WHERE WE ARE TODAY
Nhlengelo means “coming together” in Shangaan, the indigenous language of the area, and the way the school has been developed has certainly helped it to live up to its name. The Foundation felt it was of vital importance to involve the community in the project from the start and it was included every step of the way, beginning with the building and construction of the school.
OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FOUNDATION:
FENCING | The first thing the Foundation did was build a perimeter fence, not only for security purposes and to keep wildlife out but to stop people building homes that encroached on the school site.
WATER | In remote villages in the hot climate of South Africa, having a water supply is a critical issue. While the Foundation funded the digging of a borehole so the nearby village had running water for the first time, having a constant flow of water continues to be a struggle for this community.
TOILETS | The school now has working toilets.
CLASSROOMS | Extensive building work was carried out to create two teaching blocks containing eight fully-equipped classrooms.
PLAY AREAS | The school has a playground with climbing equipment and swings, as well as a basketball court.
STAFF OFFICES | The old rundown school buildings have been restored and turned into staff offices.