Wishing you happiness and peace

Dear Friends,

You have transformed the empty lives of these broken children into a meaningful life.

This past year we have developed the hairstyling classroom, provided the children with sports clothing, shoes, traditional clothing for cultural activities, sports equipment, a jungle gym, gardening skills training equipment and 2 laptops for the teaching staff.

Thank you again for your donation.

Wishing you happiness and peace.

Dr Hussain, all the children and the Board of the Kungwini Dream Fund.

Progress Report 2018

Highlights from 2017

  • New Deputy Principal Mr. Molebale
  • The unfortunate passing of the hairdressing teacher
  • Two students had an accident with a wheelchair
  • Three students have been employed by the government
  • Students in athletics and netball acquired the national gold medal
  • Occupational therapist, wood work and welding teacher retired
  • Search for new teachers
  • Renovated and upgraded the hairdressing classroom
  • Medical clinic relocated into a larger room with washroom facility

Progress Report 2018

January 22, 2018

  • Meeting held with the school principal, Deputy, Kathy and Mohamed present
  • Plans for 2018:
    • Deputy: Emphasis on technical skills development of students, practical skills for employment
    • List of items requested to be addressed during the meeting:
      • Jungle gym for motor skills development
      • Mini track for educating students on traffic safety and road use
      • Separation of the younger (foundation) and older students (R) to help with Appropriate age socializing and Prevention of bullying and abuse
      • Development of gymnasium and dining areas
      • Students who compete in Regional, provincial and national events lack attire and require: Sports uniform, Bags and shoes
      • Motorized school gate – to monitor the movement in and out of the school (also bus and taxi activity) for the security of the children

February 2, 2018

  • Guests from Canada in attendance: Nancy Bloomfield and Rick Arbor
  • Staff Appreciation: 2 laptops provided to the teachers and Grocery voucher of R750.00 given to 35 staff members
  • Student enrollment had decreased due to broken down school buses this year
  • Request for programs and costs
  • Purchase of a laser printer for the medical clinic at the school
  • Regular visits to the school – assessment of sick children and new admissions
  • The young children were ecstatic with the purchase of the Jungle gym. Kathy assisted the young children in wheelchairs who required help into the slide.

March 2, 2018

  • Recruited a masters student in Audiology to screen all children
  • Delivery of the following items:
    • Sports Uniform
    • Traditional clothing
    • Audio system
    • Portable PA system
    • Garden hats and equipment
    • Grass cutting equipment

March 9, 2018

  • Farewell function at the school 

2018 Photo Gallery

Thank-yous for 2017!

The Kungwini Dream Fund is thrilled to have received a number of thank-you cards and letters from the staff, students, and patients of the organizations we sponsor.

Spring 2016 Gallery

Report on Trip to South Africa December 2015 to March 2016

SIZANANE 2016

Departure: Toronto December 28, 2016

  • Meeting with secretary of school on January 2, 2016 – reviewed events at school since last visit – premature deaths of 2 teachers and director of education; high absenteeism due to illnesses; new school governing board elected; new funding from Dept. of Education for a full-time nurse, 2 Occupational therapists and a Psychologist over the past 6 months
  • School opens January 13, 2016. Visited the school on 15th January. News of premature death of 2 young female teachers in the last quarter of 2015. The department of Education now provides for a full-time nurse and occupational therapist. School now has 300 special needs children. Met with staff, nurse and therapist. Morale is low following death of the teachers and some children. Many children and staff are mentally depressed. Agreed to regular medical visits to the school.
  • January 29, 2016. Attended Matric prizes and gift awards ceremony in Rayton to honour outstanding graduates. We awarded Lenovo laptops to the best female and male matriculated students in the district. (pictures)
  • February 5, 2016. Sizanane Staff (50) recognition awards. Morale very sombre with grief of the 2 dynamic teachers. All staff were given vouchers equivalent to 1 week of groceries. Some teachers were awarded Lenovo laptops to assist them with their duties. These gifts created an ecstatic atmosphere and the staff were overjoyed. This sparked an enthusiasm in them to focus on achieving the most with the children. A vote of thanks and gratitude was made with speeches by the teachers to honor each of the donors of the Kungwini Dream Fund.
  • Purchased Oxygen cylinders, masks and other emergency and clinic equipment from Pretoria. Purchased sporting equipment and canopies from Johannesburg. Frustrations with making payments – 1st a deposit; then the order; then a dozen calls to confirm; then the balance; the errors; etc. Orders placed for woodwork and metalwork equipment; knitting and embroidery equipment; and hairdressing equipment. Awaiting price estimates before confirming- still waiting!!!
  • February 6, 2016. Visited a rural clinic which I had started 37 years ago in the barren homelands of Kwandebele (where black people were to live when they were forcefully expelled from the cities). This was now a huge town with paved street, electricity and water and sewage. The trees have grown so much that landmarks were difficult to find! It was a very emotion, heart rendering experience – personally and professionally!
  • March 4, 2016. The last day of my visit to the school was filled with a farewell celebration for us. Students, parents and staff thanked us and the donors KDF for our presence, activities and donations to the children and staff.
  • From a medical viewpoint, we had to screen students and staff for a very contagious respiratory infection and treat and isolate them. Medications are being provided by the Department of Health. This infection was likely responsible for the illness and deaths.

Return: Toronto March 7, 2016