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St. Andrew’s Shellbrook donates $9,000 to African Outreach

On Palm Sunday the congregation at St. Andrew’s Church collected  money to add to funds already donated over the years to be able to send a lump sum of $9,000 to Zenzele Blanco in South Africa.

Zenzele Blanco is a job creation project that was established eight years ago with the help of funding from St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Shellbrook. They are a small project but have become well known  for providing help, food, a daily homework programme and running fun competitions and talent shows to encourage the youth to be involved and active in the community.

In 2011 Zenzele Blanco started an Aftercare/Homework Project (Born 2 Stand Out).  The site of the project is currently the property of Child Welfare alongside the Anglican Diocesean house.   Zenzele plans to construct  a building to run their homework program and lifeskills outreach projects such as parenting courses, youth evenings, beading and sewing classes for unemployed women..

At this time there is an aftercare and lunch programme that runs three times a week from 1 – 3.30 and the homework begins from 3.30 to 5 pm.  It began with approximately 40 children in a range of ages and of both sexes for lunch and optional reading or writing and about 12 on the full homework programme. 

Their emphasis is on literacy and they now have all the children doing homework or practicing reading or writing skills. Most of the children are under 10 years old. Literacy is a huge problem in South Africa with one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world. This type of project encourages children to go back to school with more confidence and creates a sheltered environment where the children are able to practice their reading and writing.

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