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iLingalom-Afrika’s New classroom

The Knysna Education Trust, Cynthia Totito, her staff and all the children of Ilingalom-Afrika Preschool, would like to thank each and every donor and KET partner for the contributions received towards the building of the new classroom. 

Ilingalom has been in operation since early 2002, when the need in the community reached near crises point. Cynthia has accommodated more than 35 children in her home since inception.

Every year the demand for quality preschool education has increased in the community and Cynthia has unselfishly taken the children in, accommodating them in the already crowded environment. As a dedicated principal and teacher, she is always willing to assist the children in need. She has been hard at work meeting registration requirements for the Department of Social Development.

This new classroom will ensure that Cynthia meets the Department of Social Developsment’s preschool registration standards. The registration qualifies Illingalom to receive a social grant which will contribute towards ensuring the sustainability and growth of the preschool into the future.

The generosity of individuals such as Leoni Cambell and her team of ladies, who raised the bulk of the funding; Barry Smith from Cape Town, a loyal supporter of the Trust; the local building company Timbertec owned by Brett Steagamann; Shelly and Peter Godsell of ePap; help from the Penny Pinchers Store in Knysna; and a generous donation from Buongiorno of Italy, have all made this project possible.

Projects of this nature are often very difficult to realise in a small town like Knysna, which does not have the luxury of corporate funding to rely on. In these extremely challenging economic times the generosity of the local businesses, individuals and KET partners makes this achievement even more special. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many in Knysna. As a community our response to social challenges is a wonderful reflection on the values that drive this fantastic town that we are fortunate enough to choose to live in.