Lungelwa Mkokeli’s Graduation – May 2013

Masicorp is very proud of Lungelwa who was selected to our bursary program in 2010. She has since graduated with a Diploma in Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and now, in 2013, she has converting this to a Bachelors degree. It is an enormous achievement as Lungelwa comes from a very disadvantaged community where the living is not easy.

She writes:

My graduation day was the most exciting day in my entire life, it was the experience of a life time. I spent less than a minute on that stage but it meant something to me. Being in that hall with all those graduates motivated me more than I was. It felt like it was only yesterday when I started my first year, not knowing what to expect and whether I was going to make it or not.

 This is all thanks to Masicorp for everything that they have done for me. If it was not for you guys I wouldn’t be where I am right now, Yes I did play my part by working hard, but my hard working without you would have been worthless. Your financial support and your moral support took me where I am”

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We wish Lungelwa well and success in her future .Image

Caked In Cash

A spring cake bake at the Roffen Club in Rochester had club members scoffing cakes for all they are worth.
Well if not all they were worth certainly some of their cash as with a raffle it brought in a tasty £150 plus.
Organised by club owner Sara Henslow the event encouraged the ‘ladies that lunch’ (and a few blokes) to turn up with their own cake and then spend £1 a slice sampling other members baking efforts.

Roffen staff member Karen gets stuck in to a cream sponge!

Roffen staff member Karen gets stuck in to a cream sponge!

West Lodge Business Whizz Kids For FACE

Children at West Lodge Primary School in Pinner, Middlesex, turned into budding entrepreneurs for the day to raise a remarkable £1535 for the FACE school building project.
The school dedicated themselves to a ‘South Africa Day’ to help finance their new ‘friends’ at the ‘Home of Love’ pre-school in Masiphumelele, near Cape Town.
It kicked off with a special assembly run by the children themselves with all the youngsters having been encouraged to come dressed up in the colours of the South African flag. That was followed by the Year Six children taking over the role of teachers for the younger ones, providing classes on various aspects of life in South Africa. Then it was down to business with three market areas set up around the school buildings where the older children operated stalls to sell to the younger pupils.
The school gave the would-be wheeler dealers £10 each to invest in products they could then sell for a profit. The wide range of stalls included selling cup cakes, soft drinks, sweets and name bracelets, to a lucky dip and even one where you could get your photo taken with a genuine Olympic torch.
The whole day was part of an initiative at the school led by teacher Athena Douglas with excellent support and backing from all the rest of the staff. The school had previously raised more than £300 for FACE through donations and a cake sale by the children.
“The money they raised is simply incredible. They were so professional and inventive in their approach. West Lodge has every reason to be immensely proud of what the children and everyone at the school has achieved. It is specially important because this is children here helping desperately poor children in South Africa to have the chance of a future. Quite simply the children at the Home of Love School could not have better friends than those they have found at West Lodge,” said Nick Jenkins, who visited the school for the event on behalf of FACE.
The special assembly run by children at the school.

The special assembly run by children at the school.

One of the West Lodge children with the South African flag face painted on her cheek.

One of the West Lodge children with the South African flag face painted on her cheek.

One of the children's market stalls.

One of the children’s market stalls.

Beanie hats for the Sibabalwe Seedlings Kids

Sophie distributes hats at Sibabalwe

Sophie distributes hats at Sibabalwe

Winter’s coming to South Africa. A lovely lady donor made us 20 beanie hats our Seedlings creche children, which were distributed today by Sophie. The Sibabalwe daycare shack is in a terrible state, but at least the kids (and their teachers) can stay a little warmer now. Rebuilding these creches is what our Seedlings project is all about. You can help too – just visit our website http://www.masicorp.org