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Books n more for SA township school

Organized by: Devorah Lauter

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THE STORY:

I teach creative writing as a volunteer to high school students who often live in tin shacks, sometimes with no electricity, and more commonly, have little food to eat at home. (See photos I took of my students to the left.)  They are from the low-income, rural township north of Pretoria, South Africa, called Ga-Rankuwa, and they attend LEAP 6. In my classes students write about their lives, read literature and talk about it. (My background is in journalism.) They have all intimately experienced the kind of hardship commonly associated with the poor townships of South Africa, where black people were forced to live during the apartheid era. They write about parents wanting to commit suicide because of joblessness, about AIDS, about the long walk to school with its fruit sellers, taxi drivers, hawking migrants and others along the way. Lives unknown outside the township, a place where few white people tend to venture, due to reports of high crime. They also write about the color of their skin. Wishing they were lighter. Wishing they were born white, and fearing the world outside, which they feel dismisses them at best, and at worst, cringes at the thought of them. They write about sisters who made them toys out of a few scraps and all their love. Sisters a few years older, who raised them, but couldn't pursue their own dreams because of it. But it is not all gloom. They believe they will somehow make it. They are a special bunch, chosen for their spark and motivation. Some of them - many of them - with their sensitivity, their thoughtfulness, their constant effort, are simply my source of hope. Hope for change and for the future. If there is any way to improve lives in poor townships like these, it is through these students. They will crush any prejudice you may have about their community, about their gender, about the color of their skin. LEAP 6 is sixth in a chain of private schools that aims to push township students academically, with a focus on math and science, while keeping them off the streets. School ends at 5pm weekdays, and includes Saturday classes until noon. Getting admitted is competitive. Parents line up to have their children apply via a written test and interview. The school provides a free, well-rounded lunch during school hours, as well as healthy snacks, which is another attraction for parents. The selection process also means that discipline is not something I have to wrangle with as a teacher. These are good kids. As LEAP’s founder, John Gilmour, believes: "It is LEAP's proven hypothesis that any child from the poorest communities of our country can and will rise to the highest levels of expectation when given access to real educational opportunity." Right now LEAP 6 has no real library.  But thanks to the donations received so far, we are planning to build a permanent library and study area.  We are just a little short of what we need to complete this new project the way we've envisioned it - as a permanent structure, not a cheaper, temporary one.  So any small, extra amount, will make that crucial difference.  I have received a good amount of book donations as well, which will fill the new library, and additional funds would go toward more reading material, as well.  Here is the LEAP website for more info: http://leapschool.org.za/

Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide. Any small amount would be so greatly appreciated. Sincerely yours, Devorah Lauter

$4,596

 

46% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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  • Marg

    $200

  • Sam, Stephanie, Aliza and Jacob

    $180

  • Liz and David Lauter

    $200

  • Eli H

    $50

  • Laurel Feigenbaum

    $100

  • Mimi Lauter

    $50

  • Andrea

    $200

  • Kari Howard

    $100

  • Julia H Gibbons

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Sarah Lauter

    $50

  • Mark and Karen

    $200

  • Bernadette and Jean-Georges Prouhet

    $120

  • Emma

    $100

  • Prouhet Marie

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Andrew Leland

    $111.11

  • Liz Kelsey

    $50

  • Tadhg Cooke

     

  • Marjorie A Swig

    $200

  • Lynn & Claude Ganz

    $260

  • Naomi Lauter

    $100

  • Laura Lauder

    $500

  • Johanne&MAtthieu;

    $150

  • Alan and Susan Rothenberg

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • silvia e maurizio

    $100

  • Guillaume Ziccarelli

    $50

  • Joelle Diderich

    $100

  • tara tom louis & alex

    $100

  • Annie

    $100

  • Youli, Philippe et Lior.

    $100

  • Lindsay Goodman Abrams and Matt Abrams

    $100

  • Gillian Doherty

    $150

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Donor Comments

Gillian Doherty

Gillian Doherty

DONATION: $150

I miss teaching you guys so much! 2 years ago

Lindsay Goodman Abrams and Matt Abrams

Lindsay Goodman Abrams and Matt Abrams

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Youli, Philippe et Lior.

Youli, Philippe et Lior.

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Annie

Annie

DONATION: $100

Great and inspiring cause Dee! Thank you for sharing! 3 years ago

tara tom louis & alex

tara tom louis & alex

DONATION: $100

bravo devorah! this is such a great & exciting project. xxx 3 years ago

Joelle Diderich

Joelle Diderich

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Guillaume Ziccarelli

Guillaume Ziccarelli

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

silvia e maurizio

silvia e maurizio

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Alan and Susan Rothenberg

Alan and Susan Rothenberg

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

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