• Back home in the UK 11 November 2013 | View comments

  • On friday morning we visited Ithembalihle to say our goodbyes.

    It was great to see the building in sunlight as the previous evening it had been cold and damp when we left the site. What was even better was to see that the local builders had virtually completed laying the ridge tiles and are obviously going to continue pressing ahead to complete the building in time for the start of the new term in January.

    Having a purpose built building means that the school can register with the department of education and apply for grants which will help the project on the way to self sufficiency.

    I had a really busy BUT very rewarding trip and it is good to know that a team of volunteers can "make a real difference" in a relatively short space of time.

    We can't help everybody BUT if what we do helps improve the lives of just a few people then the effort has been really worthwhile.

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