Richmark Holdings are proud to support Chatz Charity on their venture to assist Sunrise Combined College in Tembisa
Richmark Holdings are proud to support Chatz Charity on their venture to assist
Sunrise Combined College in Tembisa.
Sunrise Combined College opened in 2005 to address the problem of overcrowding in
government schools in Tembisa. Children were put on waiting lists of up to three
years and so in order form them to not go without an education, this school was
opened up to the community. However, with limited resources , the school barely
had space for the hundreds of students in attendance. The children attended class
in corrugated iron shacks with 75 children in each class.
In 2012, Chatz Charity decided to make some changes to this school by raising funds
to erect wooden classrooms with new blackboards as well as erecting a kitchen so
that a feeding scheme can be implemented for all the children of the school.
The kitchen project was started in December 2012, feeding 560 kids that arrive
around 10:30am at first break, to get their meal. For many children, this is the
only meal of the day. Chatz Charity have employed 5 kitchen staff to prepare the
meals and hand them out. The meals include sandwiches, mince, rice and hotdogs
as well as juice packed with vitamins. In addition to the kitchen a sitting area
with a sheltered roof was erected to allow the children a comfortable place to eat.
A jungle gym has also been put up for the learners to play on and plans are
underway to include a library.
Often the smaller kids wander around the area waiting for up to 3 hours in the
heat or cold, but this will soon be a thing of the past when the after-care
centre will be built by the end of May.
This project, like any other, has come with its ups and down and things to go
wrong from time to time, however, we have high hopes for Sunrise Combined College.
The results speak for themselves. The work already done at this school and the
plans for 2013 and 2014 show that truly there is hope for the children of Tembisa.
Opening of the feeding scheme
Pupils enjoying their first meals
Bev Chatz with Grade 1 pupil.
Kids enjoying their juice provided by the kitchen staff
Selwyn Chatz CEO of Chatz
Connect/Vodacom 4U with Melvyn
Godfrey Financial Director
Gavin Varejes CEO of Richmark Holdings and Tanya Harvey,
Executive Head – Marketing and Events