Introducing The Kusasa Project
The Kusasa Project was founded as a non-profit in 2006 by friends Dave Riordan and Doug Gurr in the Franschhoek Valley of the Cape Winelands of South Africa, to address the systemic deficiencies in the areas of literacy, nutrition and sport for disadvantaged children. One of the greatest contributors to the recurring cycle of poverty is the lack of access to consistent, high quality, early childhood education (ECE) – precisely that most critical of stages in education which has the greatest impact on future human development. Therefore, in 2010 we decided to directly address the issue of recurring poverty at its roots by the establishment of an independent primary school serving disadvantaged children: The Kusasa Academy. Today our school provides a critical educational foundation to underprivileged children of colour – girls and boys from the shacks, farms and disadvantaged communities – giving them the chance of a much brighter future.
We invite you to be part of our exciting journey and to help us keep this dream alive. Click on the “donate” button (above right) to find out how you can change the future for a deserving child in South Africa!
The Kusasa Academy seeks to create leaders and outstanding citizens for the future through excellent educational engagement, enhancing the children’s social, emotional and cognitive development through our unique teaching approach. We look to raise the quality of education in the community in order to develop literate, compassionate, respectful, communicative, imaginative, multi-lingual students who are well prepared to make a positive impact in the future. Using a “whole-child” approach, our teachers begin with the understanding that each child deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged to reach their potential. With this as the basis of all we do, we ensure that we will be preparing our children to be broad thinking and confident individuals capable of dealing constructively with the challenges of the future. In committing ourselves to this holistic approach we utilise every moment to the fullest, treating the present as a unique and precious opportunity to build a better future.
Max Learners Per Class
Children and their families have access to a multi-disciplinary team of therapists per year
Learners have access to technology in our functional computer room
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Just launched: our new tablet computer project for learners!
Thanks to the incredible support we received through our Crowdfunding campaign, we are thrilled to announce that we managed to raise enough funds to purchase a whopping 20 tablet computers — 7 more than our initial goal! It took a bit of time to procure and setup...
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How Can You Help Us?
There is an abundance of young children in South Africa who lack the resources to reach their full potential. What keeps us motivated is seeing our learners thrive and have a better chance at life. We strive to continue improving the standard of education we provide, meeting the needs of children in our local community. However, as an independent school we receive no government funding and are totally reliant on donations from local and international supporters to do this. Click on the donate button to view our banking details and help us raise essential funds to operate our school.
100% black beneficiaries | S18A PBO approval with SARS | A proven track record since 2006
UMALUSI (the SA Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training) accreditation number: 20 SCH01 00807
UK Registered Charity (Number: 1134655)
Netherlands Charity (Stichting 8511:28:002)
Affiliated with The Columbus Foundation. US Charity (EIN 31-6044264)