In 2019, a pledge was made. Grow Africa found and funded Early Childhood Development teacher, Yolanda Ncube, for Dingani primary school in Dete, Zimbabwe. Having reached out to sponsors for salary support, we received the priceless gift of giving from De Grendel Wine Estate in Cape Town. Their organization is based on the foundations of impactful and ethical action, ensuring education is available to those beyond the borders of opportunity.
“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom” – Oprah Winfrey
De Grendel not only prize themselves with award winning wines, stocked at our lodges Elephant’s Eye and Nantwich Lodge, Hwange, but with a company ethos that promotes education and equality within disadvantaged communities. Their organization is based on the foundations of impactful and ethical action, ensuring education is available to those beyond the borders of opportunity.
Dete takes pride in its community – each member involved and responsible in its success. Having a teacher at the school to assist in early childhood development not only changes the lives of the children, but the village as a whole. The parents are a part of the school board, making decisions and implementing actions to better their children’s lives, as well as donating time and assistance to ensure the school operates day to day. Education is a personal affair and a prized opportunity in rural areas, all hands on deck necessary and deeply appreciated. Financial aid promotes socio economic development for all, allowing existing funds to be channeled into school resources, food, electricity and structural repairs, as well as aiding scholarships for families who cannot afford school fees.
It’s these communities already on the poverty line that face even more difficult times ahead, and every penny counts towards the children of Dete accessing education, and a better future.
Grow Africa, Dingani Primary and Yolanda are beyond grateful to De Grendel for sponsoring Yolanda for another year. It’s these communities already on the poverty line that face even more difficult times ahead, and every penny counts towards the children of Dete accessing education, and a better future. With tourism at a pause, the school has suffered without the generous donations from guests, as well as a monthly contribution from bed nights at Elephant’s Eye. Those who wish to follow in the footsteps of De Grendel and make a remote donation, lifting the weight off the shoulders of the community, click here.
We extend the deepest thanks to De Grendel for this incredible gift of education, the key to unlocking the world for the children of Dingani Primary, and within reach of the passport of freedom.