Richmark Holdings is putting its weight behind an important educational venture in Tembisa, South Africa.
The plans are underway to help improve the Sunrise Combined College with financial assistance that will provide additional educational opportunities to the local children. Until 2005, the young students of Tembisa were forced to learn in extremely overcrowded government run schools. That began to change in 2005 when the Sunrise Combined College was opened up as a private educational institution. The initiative was limited in scope due to lack of proper funding and did not adequately meet the needs of the hundreds of students who were put on waiting lists that sometimes reached up to three years. To add to the difficulties, the school was built from sheets of corrugated iron that did not keep the bitter cold or the oppressive heat out of the classrooms.
Hope for the Children
Chatz Charity has taken on the mammoth project of enlarging and improving the school in hopes of alleviating the overcrowded learning conditions while adding extra services. It oversaw changes in 2012 that included replacing the classrooms walls with wooden ones and adding chalkboards to each of the rooms. In addition, it addressed the problem of hungry children by opening an onsite kitchen. In December 2012, the kitchen began providing 560 meals consisting of mince, sandwiches, hotdogs, rice and vitamin-packed juices. Five employees were hired to distribute the food and beverage to the children beginning at 10:30 in the morning, which was sometimes the only food the children received all day. To provide a comfortable place for the children to eat outdoors, the Chatz Charity also built a sheltered area with a roof. It installed a jungle gym on the playground and is currently drawing up plans for a library. An after care centre for the young children is scheduled to be built this year to protect them from the heat and cold while waiting for siblings.