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School Aid
School Aid was initially set up in 1998 in the UK by Lady Joy Baker who had lived much of her life in Africa and realised the need for library books in African schools. In 2000 Janis Mowlam, the wife of the then British Trade Commissioner, discovered that the children of her staff had poor access to library books at their schools.

Through their efforts books are now collected and sorted in the UK and donated to 10 African countries. The books are shipped to Cape Town by Capespan, cleared through customs by Kirstenbosch Rotary members and then driven to Johannesburg by either Imperial Logistics or Stuttaford Van Lines. School Aid volunteers then deliver the books to the township schools and community centres. 

School Aid is a Section 21 registered charity in South Africa and has donated library books to just over 100 schools, study and community centres in the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Kwa Zulu Natal provinces since 2009.

One of the schools that School Aid has been proud to donate books to is Diepsloot Combined School. Forty boxes of books have been donated to the library. A set of the Oxford reading scheme was donated to Edu Fun volunteers who teach English classes to the Grade 3 and Grade 4 children every week. These books are used both for the lessons and as gifts for the children to take home and read.

To find out more about School Aid, visit

‘From free to freedom’ - Taddy Blecher shares his inspirational vision of how free university education can free a nation (TEDx Johannesburg 2010). The story of how CIDA, the free university in downtown Johannesburg, was set up stands testimony to the German proverb quoted by Taddy Blecher in this video: "Just begin to weave and God will provide the thread."
Food alphabet fun! Grade 3 students at Diepsloot Combined School with Edu Fun volunteers on YouTube (uploaded 30/8/12).  

Diepsloot Combined School’s Choir on YouTube (uploaded 7/6/11). - where the people of Diepsloot communicate their experiences, challenges, aspirations, ideals, objectives, problems
and opportunities. - Diepsloot Youth Projects empowers young people in townships by assisting them with information, advice and skills development. - If you haven't got time to watch the Taddy Blecher video, you can still find out how he helped set up Johannesburg's free university by clicking this link.

Diepsloot, by Anton Harber

In little more than a decade, Diepsloot has transformed from a semi-rural expanse to a dense, seething settlement of about 200 000 people.
A post-apartheid creation lying to the north of Johannesburg, Diepsloot is talked about as a place of fear, vigilante justice, xenophobic violence and a haven for criminals and undocumented foreigners.

Respected journalist Anton Harber spent several months there, meeting the people, drinking in the taverns and probing the bitter local political battles. He patrolled with volunteer crime-fighters at night. He spoke to politicians, church members and artists. He interviewed city officials, asking them why so little progress was being made in developing Diepsloot. He investigated why the much-needed police station stands unfinished. Amidst the poverty, violence and chaos, he found a bustling place much loved by its inhabitants, and an active economy with all the associated hustling and trading. He found people who, when neglected by the state, made their own solutions.
(Jonathan Ball Publishers, ISBN 978-1-86842-421-4.)   More about the book>
When asked to express what volunteering with Edu Fun means to her, Cecilia Holm felt the quotation about gentle humility by the ancient Chinese philosopher, Laozi, encapsulated her sentiments beautifully and wanted to share it with you:

“Nothing in the world is softer and weaker than water.
However, when attacking that which is hard and strong,
Nothing can surpass it and no one can equal it.
Weakness may overcome strength,
Softness may overcome hardness,
Everyone knows it,
But no one puts this knowledge into practice.”


To find out more, call Jenny on 082 322 0608.
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