“When I was a child I used to go to school barefoot and in shorts - even in winter – because my grandparents who raised me could not afford more. Later in life whenever I saw a child in a worn-out incomplete school uniform it reminded me how embarrassed I felt when others were wearing shoes and I was not - it affected my self-esteem and I didn’t want to go to school anymore. So, in 2016 I started collecting school shoes for those children whose families can’t afford more.”
– Lelethu (Kenny) Tukuvana
Uniform Project (UP) raises funds for school uniforms for children in Chintsa and surrounds. Many children attending our local schools experience significant financial hardship. School uniforms, which are mandatory in all public schools in South Africa, can easily cost R1 000. Learners are attending school in worn, torn or outgrown clothing, or not at all. Sanitary pads are also costly and female learners who cannot afford them need to resort to other means (including socks, newspapers and grass) and may miss school altogether. This easily culminates in approximately 60 days/year and reduces their potential to achieve in school while increasing the likelihood of them dropping out altogether.
UP is championed by Mary Sanfilippo and Kenny Tukuvana who voluntarily offer their time, skills, and effort so children can attend school with dignity, pride and hope.
Since 2016, UP has provided full or partial uniforms to 1 051 children. Our goal for the future is to reach as many children as possible. You can help by making a donation to Uniform Project (click on the Donate button at the top of the page and be sure to include UP in your reference).