Foundation donates to empower Soweto youth
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – THOUSANDS of schoolchildren are poised to benefit after the Ibammo Foundation donated a further R44 000 to finance the renovation of a library in Soweto, south of Johannesburg.
The donation brings to more than R120 000 the Ibammo Foundation, a South African-based organization that aims to empower youth, has spent towards the completion of the Mokgome Library.
The school, which is located in Meadowlands, will be the first beneficiary
of the library renovation project, which the foundation is implementing
under its “I Build” initiative.
About 2 000 learners, including more than 900 at the Mokgome Secondary
School, are poised to benefit from the renovation of the facility at
Nearby schools such as Meadowlands, Moruta Thuto, Inkonjane, Tietsi
Mashinini and Indoni are also set to benefit.
Ibammo Foundation founder, Dr James Makamba, expressed the organisation’s commitment to empowering youth.
“I am glad that as an organization we have accorded the school little help. As we grow in future, we look forward to doing more to help, not only on this project but other ventures,” he said in Johannesburg.
Chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB), Joe Moatshe, welcomed the donation.
He was confident the library would be complete next month.
The Principal, Caiphus Mphahlele, said in the long run, the project would
benefit the community as a whole.
“We want the library to cater for the local community, including adults.
Upon completion, we wish to establish a computer centre that will provide
for the local community’s research and internet needs,” he said.
The SGB Secretary, Henrietta Seerane, who is also an educator, hailed the
renovation of the library.
“We appreciate what the Ibbamo Foundation has done. The project will
benefit the community. Presently, it is a challenge for the local
schoolchildren to travel to access the nearest library,” she said.
Makamba established the foundation in 2009, inspired by the historical
presidential election of United States Barack Obama and the particular
role that quality education played in the Obama couple’s life.
He was driven to establish a foundation to give young people access to
quality education and build a strong foundation for their future.
The foundation inspires and empowers young learners between the ages of 14 and 18 years, providing a balanced framework for self-development that
will increase their self-esteem and leadership capabilities as well as
enhance their capacity to achieve in whatever context they find themselves
– CAJ News
Short URL: http://cajnewsafrica.com/?p=1642