One of our key founding principles is to respond to the social challenges facing our society currently. Whilst these challenges are many, Orchid10 focuses its social responsiveness work on education. Our premise is that through education (for all ages) South Africans will be able to access their human dignity and explore their full potential and also participate in building strong and thriving communities. All of Orchid10’s work in this area fall under its non-profit entity Keep The Dream.

Project Sigangeni Update

For Orchid10, education is key to unlocking the potential of people to enable them to become part of a vibrant South Africa.

In 2010, Orchid10 adopted Sigangeni Junior Secondary School as its flagship social responsiveness initiative. Local villagers in1986 in response to a critical need to educate their children built this rural school, located in Cofimvaba district Eastern Cape, with mud bricks. Over time, the school buildings have succumbed to the ravages of time, the weather and simple neglect. The school is not unique in a South Africa where government is struggling to roll out basic infra-structure to fulfil the promises of basic education to all citizens wherever they are.

In September 2010, Orchid10 held a fundraiser for Sigangeni Junior Secondary School to raise awareness of the plight of the school as well as to mobilise support and resources for the school.  The event raised over R60,000 as well as a wide range of pledges that would support the school in transforming  from its current reality. Following the event, Orchid10 started working on Project Sigangeni in earnest.  This included engagement with the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape, meetings with architects as well as an Orchid10 Task Team visit to the Eastern Cape in October 2010.  During this visit, Orchid10 met with the school and arrange of other community stakeholders to come up with a strategy and project plan for this ambitious endeavour.  In December 2010, Boxer Build (owned by Pick and Pay) in Ngcobo, in honouring their partnership commitment to Orchid10, provided desks.  African Fashion International also donated some uniforms to the school.  Other partners also came through with pledges big and small, including (but not limited to) Chevron, Pep Stores Limited and Engen.

For 2011, we will continue with this project through strategic engagement with critical role-players as well as another fundraiser among other things.  Should you wish to be part of this exciting work, do let us know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Orchid10 and Sigangeni

 

Sigageni Lower Primary School - Eastern Cape

The school is situated in the rural area of Cofimvaba District. Built by the villagers 1986, with “home made” bricks.

The Needs

  • Classrooms
  • Toilets
  • Blackboards
  • Library
  • Stationery
  • Furniture
  • Paint
  • Feeding Programme
  • Sporting Equipment

Former South African Deputy President Ms Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka made the observation that the lack of skills in South Africa is a serious threat to growth and prosperity of the country, and connected to this is that skills are unavoidably tied to education. In this regard, Minister of Planning, Mr Trevor Manuel says, “if we fail in education, we would have failed an entire generation. It is thus critical to invest in this sector.”


“Be The Change You Want to See in the World”  - Mahatma Ghandi

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