As this difficult year draws to end and 2021 remains so uncertain, I want to thank you for your belief in what we do and your many faceted supports, from words of encouragement, recognition of the work we do, expressions of concern and donation of food, money, clothing and resources. With your support we were able to provide excellent education in a safer and secure environment to 53 students, of which 12 graduated this year from Grade R to Grade 1.
In addition, we were also approved as a Covid-19 compliant school by the Department of Education and Social Development. Our Outreach program has been working at its best since the outbreak of Covid-19, ensuring that the community get the help they need and that our children are safe and have food during the pandemic.
Our Peer Educator Program this year alone has reached +- 5000, empowering youth with knowledge about HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual assault and support groups for HIV+ adolescents via community radio stations and small meetings. Our support groups, initiated in 2007, continue to empower HIV+ children and youth to live healthy productive lives.
Through our food security program, we have 23 home vegetable gardens. We provided seedling and support through the year. Three hundred and ten hearty food parcels, including fresh vegetables from our garden, have been given to families in need.
Key to the many accomplishments, despite 2020 challenging conditions, is that we always remember why we do what we do. We remind ourselves we are here to save and change lives and to provide hope and empower the community, through education and assistance, for a better tomorrow.
Our mission cannot be achieved alone. Our success is due to the generosity of people like yourselves who have been supportive to the Vhutshilo Mountain School programs. We hope that in the coming months and years we will continue to reach the goals that have been threatened by the pandemic. We know that through your continued participation and support, together we can reach our goals and keep Sue-Anne’s legacy alive and flourishing.
On behalf of the VMS staff, students and the community we serve, “Ro Livhuwa nga maanda “(A Venda Huge Thank You).
Wishing you happy holidays and a new year filled with good health, prosperity and success.
From all of us at VMS with warm regards,
Khathu Nemafhohoni, Director
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