Date installed: 18.11.2009
Location: Lokaleng Village,
North West Province,
In the village of Lokaleng there is a beautiful school called Lokaleng Primary, which consists of 10 classrooms in 3 buildings with 423 learners and 10 female educators. The school is named after the camel thorn tree which is popular in the area.
The community in the area live in extreme poverty, with a high number of unemployed parents. Most of the villagers are dependent on the child’s grant of R170 per child per month to feed their children. Each family has about 8 children.
About 30% of the children do not have parents because they have died of HIV/AIDS, so they are being looked after by their relatives.
There is a feeding scheme at the school and the women cook one meal for the children every day. The meal consists of soup, samp, vegetables and porridge. The school uses water mainly for drinking, cooking and to water the vegetable garden. They grow spinach, red peppers, onions and lettuce for the kids to eat.
The safe supply of water has been a huge help to the school because the previous water source was an ageing hand pump which was heavy for the children to pump and was 600 m away.