The Early Learning Centre – The Breakfast Club – The Scholars’ Programme
(fully funded, managed and staffed by The Kusasa Project)
The Kusasa Project seeks to address the educational, nutritional and holistic needs of disadvantaged children from the farms and informal settlements of the Cape Winelands. Through daily interaction we provide support, encouragement and the environment to learn in a safe, stimulating setting. Our guiding philosophy is that economic challenges, historic disadvantage, race, colour or language should not be a barrier to a brighter future. We approach each day with a firm view that “It’s all about the kids!”
Throughout my journey The Kusasa Project has been a reliable lighthouse;
providing guidance at the moments I need it most. Their constant support is a source of motivation for me. I am currently in my third year BA Law degree at Rhodes University. This has required personal sacrifices; leaving family behind in pursuit of my dream of being an advocate. It is my hope that my story of hard work, sacrifices and persistence will not only allow me the opportunity to change my family's livelihood but also inspire young people in the Franschhoek Valley.
I recently graduated cum laude in Tourism Management Studies. I am currently studying towards a B. Tech degree in Tourism Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where I am also serving on the Central Student Representative Council as the Deputy President.
One of our past scholars, Sesethu Mbotshelwa, has joined the prestigious firm Deloitte as an Assistant Auditor, shortly after graduating from the University of Cape Town. Sesethu has distinguished herself as a dedicated, hard working and highly gifted student who has excelled. As a team we have all contributed to this success story, but without her incredible character it would not have been possible!
Being on the scholarship programme has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.
The scholarship has really helped me because of the extra lessons. My marks improved a lot.
I had someone to talk to about my life and problems.
I learned many things at the workshops I attended.