About the Rainbow Fund
Fifteen years ago, a small group from Richmond upon Thames visited Cape Town and came face to face with the deprivation suffered by children in the outlying shanty town of Guguletu. As well as extreme poverty and its inevitable side-effects; families crowded into make-shift huts, poor hygiene and sanitation, hunger and disease; we saw the effects of Apartheid-imposed 'Bantu' education, which had resulted in under-educated parents ill-equipped to help their children with their school work.
We were also shown a remarkable after-school homework centre, set up by the Rev. Dr. Spiwo Xapile in some converted shipping containers to help Guguletu's children with basic literacy and numeracy skills. However, the centre had a fundamental flaw: the volunteers who ran it did not turn up regularly because they were not paid. We returned to Richmond determined to help.
What we have achieved so far
We have raised nearly £300,000, which has paid for:
- A growing number of teachers, currently nine, who teach about 140 children
- A daily meal for all children who attend the centre
- A cook to prepare the food
- A contribution to the centre's overheads, including part of the salary of its administrator
- A water tank at Malugeni in the Transkei, Eastern Cape, where the centre has an out-reach programme
All this has prevented many children 'dropping out' of education altogether. Many are making increasingly good progress at secondary school and a number have already gone on to university.
Why we need your help
- Education is the only way South Africa can win a place among advanced nations and play a key role in the world
- We need to raise £20,000 each year to meet our current commitments to the school and the children it helps
- Guguletu's needs are growing. Due to the effects of HIV/Aids, many grandmothers are caring for large families and the impact of poverty is very great
- We would like to expand our funding to include teachers for children with special needs; like all poor communities, Guguletu has a high proportion of these, due to their traumatic living conditions
How you can help
- Make a donation. £5.25 keeps a teacher for one day
- Make a banker's order. £21 keeps a teacher for one week
- Come to our fundraising events
Our patronsLord Joel Joffe CBE
Canon Julian Reindorp
Our trusteesJudy Wright (chair)
Berry Ritchie (treasurer)