Numsa youth desk visit to Genesis

Some of the youth of Numsa visited Genesis School for the Disabled at Lethabong, an under-privileged village near Rustenburg.

This was part of our caring for our communities project and it happened on the second day of the Youth Desk recruitment campaign on October 22-23 2011.

Our visit was a great help to the school which is extremely disadvantaged and needs serious help. We organised with Emily Sono, a teacher at the school.

When we arrived at around 10 in the morning, learners and their families had already gathered at the school.

Mrs Sono welcomed us and we immediately started with the programme.

Mr Pholosi opened with a prayer and Mrs Sono welcomed the guests, the learners and their families.

Mpho Hlongwane, the Numsa Youth Desk deputy chairperson, outlined the purpose of the visit and introduced us.

Revolutionary songs were sung and speeches were made by the NYD deputy chairperson, ward councillor Joyce Mashishi. Mrs Sono told the crowd how needy the school has been since it started in 1993.

Challenges faced by the school

No money ¬ the school relies on donations. The Department of Agriculture donated spades for garden work.
The teachers work without any pay.

No transport for the learners to travel home. They have to walk home or parents have to come and fetch them.

Most cannot walk and, because they don’t have wheelchairs, parents have to carry them on their backs for long distances to and from school.

The school is old. It needs renovations and accommodation for those who don’t have parents.

No food. The school relies on donations and sometimes they go for a long time without getting any donations.

Sometimes they get three 12,5kg bags of mealie meal and beans from the Brits Rotary Club.

With more than 50 learners to feed, this does not last long. Sometimes they ask for food at local supermarkets.

The school needs paint. It has not been painted since it opened in 1993 and the paint is so dull.

There are no toys for small children. The school cares for the young and old.

There are no resources such as kitchen utensils ¬ pots, plates, mugs, and glasses.

We donated 48 plates, 50 glasses, two big pots and three trays. The learners, parents, community members and the school staff were so happy with the presents.

It was such a tearful moment when we presented the gifts to the school.

The learners could not hold their happiness. They recited a poem which asked for the disabled to be accepted as they are.

Ke Nna
Ke nna ngwana wa mmala wa mo-africa
Ngwana wa mmala wa sebilo
Ngwana wa marata-go-lejwa
Ke nna
O ntsee jaaka ke ntse

Ke ngwana wa sekolo sa bana
Ba ba sa itekanelang sa genesis
Se nkatoge
Se nkgapele kgakala le wena
Se mphitlhe
Ga baeng ba le teng
Ke nna

Se mpitse ka maina-ina
Ka ntlha ya bogole jwa me
Gonne o nkutlwisa botlhoko
Ke nna
O ntsee jaaka ke ntse
Ntsee jaaka wena

This poem was recited by children at Genesis School for people living with disabilities. The children were urging people to accept them as they are and love them.

This is me!
I am a child of African colour
A dark-coloured child
A child of high importance
This is me
Take me as I am

I am a child of Genesis
The school for the disabled
Don’t move away from me
Don’t hide me
When there are visitors
This is me!

Don’t call me names
Because of my disability
Because you hurt my feelings
Take me as I am
Take me as yourself


Numsa News No 1