Msizi began attending the after school programme in January at our partner to receive help with his homework after his mom heard about the learning support he could access. Msizi has continued to attend and over the past year, he has developed a love of learning and a growth in his maths and language ability. Msizi especially loves Friday activities where students learn to cook, bake, tend to the food garden and try new sports like rounders.

Through mentorship and home visits this young man has begun to take responsibility for his own learning and has started leading and encouraging others around him, becoming a role model for the younger boys at the programme. He and his family are very proud and excited that has passed Grade 7 and is now off to high school!

Starfish works with community partner Ethembeni to bring hope to vulnerable children in Mpophomeni through education. The Education Support Programme exists to support vulnerable and orphaned children who are passionate about learning in Grades R to 12 with their school learning; develop their thinking,learning, academic and interpersonal skills in fun, dynamic and novel ways; and to influence and equip them to make a positive contribution within their families, friends, school and local communities.