South Africa is a complex country - on the surface the damage is evident – amongst other things, social and economic inequality leads to high crime rates and violence which dominate our headlines BUT scratch a little deeper and we find the real treasure that makes up this beautiful country – that treasure is Ubuntu.
From Bishops to Langa, we are bowled over by random acts of kindness and generosity on a daily basis.
2019 has seen the launch of the VUSA Rugby and Learning Academy Trust. As a newly formed NPO, the VUSA Academy hopes to create lasting impact by creating holistic opportunities for children in the Langa community – currently over 500 children benefit annually by receiving academic support, sport coaching, recreational opportunities and a hot daily meal. The pie in the sky vision is to create a hub of excellence that supports children from creche to tertiary education.
We are often asked what our greatest needs are – in short, as with most NPO’s, our greatest requirement is financial.
Requirements to effectively run our programmes:
Employ (and upskill) coaching and teaching staff
Transport - to rugby matches and exposure to recreational experiences
Donations of food or financial support would greatly assist - children cannot focus or perform on an empty stomach
Our creche programmes would greatly benefit from educational toys and books
Financial and ‘in kind’ donations for the academic programme (curriculum and stationery)
The High Five campaign was launched to demonstrate that a little goes a long way. Donation of time, expertise or goods make a tangible difference. If it’s a financial contribution you can make – R50, R500 or R5000 all adds up to create real, lasting social impact. To see the joy on a child’s face after scoring their first try and the outward confidence displayed when a child suddenly understand fractions. Seeing the relief in a child’s eyes that they will go to bed with a full tummy – this is what we witness on a daily basis – creating opportunities for children, who due to circumstance, are denied many basic human rights. With a little support we can make an enormous difference Isn’t that a good enough reason to High Five?