2016, being a leap year, gifts us with a whole extra day to do with what we will. And while the day itself brought an onslaught of “leapy” marriage proposals and grumbles that the extra day this year was (sob!) a Monday, we used the time to contemplate the meaning of the word leap in “leap year”. Did you know that a leap year is so called because the addition of a day causes all fixed festivals and holidays to leap forward by a day? We considered leap in the context of faith and of our own leap of faith in starting Nokuphila School.
Creating Nokuphila School, with the intention of bringing quality Christian based education and nutritious meals to hundreds of vulnerable children, was indeed a leap of faith. We had a brilliant idea and a plan to execute it, but little to no funds to take our idea from plan to reality. Nevertheless, with a little faith, we took the leap and started the school, accepting out first group of 45 vulnerable children from Tembisa in 2010.
The school was established from a converted house and afforded these children the opportunity to learn, unencumbered by concerns such as empty stomachs and safe transport, for the school provides for daily nutritious meals and reliable transport as well.
Since then, the school has grown to such an extent that it is now split into two parts, the Pre-Primary and the Primary School, and 300 learners cross the threshold on a daily basis. We are immensely proud of this school and the progress made, and are excited to be moving the Primary school to its new premises within the first half of this year, with the intention of growing the school to include high school grades as well.
The new premises have a decidedly more “school like” feel to them, with proper classrooms and corridors, and sports facilities to encourage burgeoning talents in soccer, tennis and other activities. Our mission of providing good Christian education and healthy food to these less than privileged children still stands strong, and we are more dedicated to reaching more children than ever before.
Our leap was one of faith, but it was carried through thanks to the generous hearts of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and selfless staff. Thank you! We invite you to come and visit our new premises once we have moved, and see the children enjoy their new space.
Happy Leap Year! What will your leap of faith be this year?
The Love Trust Team