Elkana Educational Centre recieves a helping hand (GMA).

62 children from Witbank, between the ages of 6- and 18-years old, have a school catering for their specific needs due to the efforts of the staff and community around the Elkana Education Centre. The school has been in existence for the past 11 years and has grown to take in more and more children, as facilities became available through donations and fundraising efforts.

 
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Initial Request

The care in training for the children, who are all mentally challenged, comes at a cost of R900 per month per child, but many of the parents simply cannot afford this as they are themselves illiterate and impoverished. There is also nowhere else to send their children for their need specific education. With support, more children can benefit from what the school has to offer ...



SPONSORING: Wescoal recently held a golf day with the aim of raising funds for worthy community projects in the Witbank/Emalahlani area. They have decided to give a donation of R 50 000,00 to the Elkana Educational Centre to use to improve the facilities for their 62 learners.



ORIGINAL REQUEST:



Dear Good Morning Angels,



Elkana Educational Centre is a private, non-profit Educational Centre catering for mentally and physically challenged children within the Witbank community. Our learners, aged 6-18 years, have exemption from compulsory school attendance.



According to research, 4% of a total population is mentally handicapped. This means there should be approximately 1 000 children in our immediate area who could benefit from this centre. Because of current facilities, we cannot accommodate more than the current 62 pupils.



During the first two years we were generously housed in a local church hall. On 19 April 2004 we proudly occupied our new premises at the Reyno Ridge Club when Ingwe CSI made the old swimming pool area available. With the assistance of Rotary Coalfields, the Witbank community and the staff of Elkana the premises has been renovated. We at Elkana are exceptionally proud of this achievement!



The first phase of renovation provided us with three class rooms, separate ablution facilities for the boys and girls as well as a small computer room, office and sickbay.



Together with Rotary Coalfields, Highveld Steel and Umcebo Mining we were able to complete phase two which has provided us with two more much needed class rooms. Initially, the project would have included a workshop/handcraft room. This will now become our third project and will hopefully include workbenches and craft tables, as well as material and equipment such as tools, wool, sewing machines, wood etc. Another project that has become a priority is the upgrading of the ablution blocks.



We could also use additional and ‚??physical assistance‚?? equipment for the learners. The learners are desperately in need of durable educational toys to assist them in developing their motor skills. In our play area, we would like to erect a jungle gym and shaded seats. Our class rooms are also in need of musical equipment, stationary, story books to read to the children and books to do their work in.



Elkana has provided a facility that fulfills a need in the community. The growth of pupils over the past five years is a testimony to the success of our centre and underlines the need for such a service.



We would like to ask for your assistance in the form of sponsorship for one learner whose parents are financially unable to pay the school fees due to retrenchment or unemployment etc. We would also like to ask for your assistance in order to obtain a Wendy House we could use as a Handwork Centre for the older boys.



Thanking you in advance for your support.



Yours Sincerely,

Sarita Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen

Principal



Investing in the community: to help with the education of mentally challenged children



Sarita Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen 013-697-1144 elkanaeducentre@telkomsa.net)

 
 
 
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