Change Is Afoot: Walking for Education in South Africa

School Children MaputoA new initiative called the Walk for Education is making waves in South Africa. This 1925 km walk, taken on by Mamma-Afrika Hampers & MAfrika Projects founders, Mr. Jacques Buys and Mr. Dana Louw, spans 30 days, kicking off from Windhoek, Namibia on June 18, 2012 and ending in Maputo, Mozambique.

The main objective of the walk is to bring awareness to the educational difficulties some schools experience and to raise R500,000 (nearly $64K USD) to upgrade a selected school and provide transportation to students who attend the 36 schools along the walk’s route through Namibia, Botswana, South-Africa and Mozambique.

As part of the drive Buys and Louw will also be collecting educational toys, writing pads, pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons and teacher teaching aids like chalk, educational teaching materials and so forth. All of this will be distributed equally between the 36 schools.

“We will walk all the way, to share in the pain of thousands of children that have to walk up to three hours to get to the nearest school daily. They have the drive and we want to support them in providing some educational materials,” South African resident Louw said to The Post.

Louw and Buys have already done numerous interviews with newspapers, magazines and radio stations and Map of South Africaare hoping that their community in Bela-Bela, South Africa will support them in their efforts. They are holding local drives where people can donate anything from writing essentials to educational toys. Any support from the International community would be appreciated as well.

A full documentary regarding the walk will also be shot throughout and the rights for the broadcasting thereof are currently under negotiation.

Mamma-Afrika Hampers & MAfrika Projects is a dynamic company working hand in hand with non-profit organizations (NPO’s) and many others to build a better future for the struggling world community. Their main focus in their midterm goal is on the African continent with the focus being especially on education, self-sustainable community modules, and self-sustainable feeding projects.

For more information visit the website or follow Mamma-Afrika Hampers on Facebook.

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