African visit is a success

Helping Hands: Kate Makola of the Sikhanyi Sele Primary School and Ingrid Zinde of the Meetse A Bophelo Primary School in the settlement of Mamelodi in South Africa receive sweatshirts from some of the pupils of St.Giles Primary School on their visit.
Helping Hands: Kate Makola of the Sikhanyi Sele Primary School and Ingrid Zinde of the Meetse A Bophelo Primary School in the settlement of Mamelodi in South Africa receive sweatshirts from some of the pupils of St.Giles Primary School on their visit.

It was an emotional experience when two women from a South African township came to visit primary school pupils who had raised money for them.

Pupils at St Giles primary school welcomed Kate Makola, of the Sikhanyi Sele Primary School, and Ingrid Zinde, of the Meetse A Bophelo Primary School, from the South African township of Mamelodi.

The school has raised money for the Mamelodi Trust for the past six years, helping to supply books for a new library and to build a new secondary school.

Headteacher Julie Stanton said: “They came to thank the children for everything they’ve done and show them pictures of where the money has gone. It was lovely for the children. We presented them with school sweatshirts to take back home.

“We held an assembly and the children sang a song called One Day about hope for the future. One of the ladies was so overcome she started crying, as she was so happy and so proud.”

The women flew over from Mamelodi last month and have spent three weeks visiting partner schools around the East Midlands.