BNZ LENDS A HAND TO UKUKHANYA KWE-AFRICA PRIMARY SCHOOL
By: Nqobile Maphalala
The Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation (BNZ) lent a hand to Ukukhanya Kwe-Africa Primary School of Molweni in KwaZulu-Natal.
The BNZ Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation aimed at raising awareness about common diseases and to encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle.
“The BNZ Foundation has its three priorities that govern their strategy- health, specifically diabetes, education and the empowerment and development of individuals from rural areas, and giving a special focus on the needs of vulnerable community members including women, children and the elderly.
The foundation has embarked on two of these strategic pillars,” said First Lady.
Dr. Bongi Ngema-Zuma, Founder of the BNZ Foundation. The foundation is working with the Department of Health to help conduct screenings on blood pressure, blood glucose, TB, eye and dental screening.
The Department of Social Development also came on board, offering their services and providing help desks, while the Department of Agriculture also came into partnership with KZN Farmers, assisting with the Gardening Project which was launched earlier during the day.
All Africa Chinese Women Association, Masana Dieticians and CONLOG are some of the companies who lent a hand in the donation of computers and school necessities.
Mr Mhlongo, volunteer of the community and of the Isu Elihle Co-operative garden project said, “We volunteer at the school with cleaning up the vacant land and with opening up the garden. Our aim as a co-operative is to plant vegetables which will benefit the school and to one day be able to supply shops like Shoprite and others. We also would appreciate if women from the community could also help us in this project so they can also be able to support their families with the products being planted at the school’s garden.”
Many of these children depend mainly on the daily meal provided to them by the school and some come on empty stomachs which makes it hard for them to concentrate and participate in the learning- teaching activities.
Mrs Nokukhanya Mkhize, educator at Ukukhanya Kwe-Africa Primary School, says it is a very challenging thing to teach a child on an empty stomach.
“We are grateful to the Masana Dieticians for the donation of the instant porridges as we will be able to quickly prepare it for those who never had breakfast at home, as breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, said Mkhize.
Most contributors emphasized the importance of giving back to the needy and also on receiving a quality education.
“I personally feel very strongly about education, I believe that every child deserves quality education, and should be able to receive such education in an enabling environment. One cannot ignore the factors that affect any learner’s ability to perform in class- which include how differently a learner is dressed from other learners and coming to school on an empty stomach. Over and above our vision, which is to see a South Africa where diabetes ceases to be a killer due to lack of awareness, the BNZ Foundation is foremost striven by the need to inject positive change in our society,” said Ngema-Zuma.