It was an emotional and joyous day for the Montshioa based Bodiri Primary School when Urban Family Market donated 20 pairs of shoes, as part of their social responsibility initiative, on Tuesday.
“We are giving you these shoes today so that you will not have a problem of being pricked by stones and thorns when you come to school. We want you to come to school and learn”, said Tebogo Pule during the handing over of the shoes. Tebogo who is the administration officer for Urban Family Market also reminded the learners why they are in school and urged them to work hard.
The principal Patricia Molefe and HOD Mavis Nage expressed their relief and gratitude. “We are happy for our school to be selected, with regard to helping the learners in need. It is important that they do not feel different from other children. So now they will see that they belong to Bodiri just like other learners”, said Molefe.
The principal also privately shared the heart breaking destitute circumstances that most of the learners live under. Most of the learners are from child headed families while others stay with their grandparents and do not know their biological parents. Such learners do not have proper school uniform and shoes. The school continue to encounter annual cases whereby some learners come to school barefoot. It is also apparent that most of the learners who attend Bodiri do not reside in Montshioa but from various rural villages around Mafikeng.
Another Urban Family Market official, Morongwa Pule related that the reason why they chose the school is because most donors usually focus on the outskirts, particularly rural villages, neglecting the fact that a child right next to them might be in need.