A homework sanctuary in the township

Sinakho Cossa loses himself in a storybook.

With the aim of instilling a culture of education in an area known more for its teen pregnancies and school dropouts than for tertiary diplomas, three young men started a small resource centre and a library in the Nkobongo Community Hall earlier this year.

But prospects are not looking good as Thamsanqa Chiliza (30), Nkosinathi Sithole (30) and Andrias Mpukula (37) are struggling to keep their resource centre running.

Nkosinathi Sithole displays their only computer – now broken.

The centre was started with one lone computer, which is now broken, that they had been using to provide Internet access for the children’s school projects.

Adults were also able to use the computer to email and print CV’s and the like at a small fee.

 The men also collected a variety of books to be used by the pupils. The centre attracts between 30 and 40 children every day.

Pinky Mkhabela enjoying her favourite books from the small selection on offer.

Nkosinathi Sithole said he stays at the centre until 8 pm on week nights so the children have a place to do their homework.

“Many children come from homes where they cannot concentrate when doing their school work. We do what we can to give them an alternative.

“But we can no longer afford to pay for the internet ourselves and we do not have have the money to buy a new computer. We also need tables and chairs for the children.”

They are appealing for donations to get the centre back on track.

“If someone is able to donate an old computer they are not using, it would make a huge difference to the school pupils of Nkobongo.”

To help you can contact Sithole at 073 360 7635.

Nkosinathi Sithole with the books that he and his friends have collected for their small library.

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