Macken Mistry Story

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Enabling Africa & Marlin Laboratories donate 1000 lanterns, reading books as well as a refurbished reading room for need learners at Dr Macken Mistry School, KZN

October 2017

Enabling Africa, a company that supplies quality drinking water solutions in off- grid communities, in Partnership with Marlin Laboratories, a company that provides medical renal dialysis equipment & solutions to the country, jointly provided much-needed relief for the learners at DR Macken Mistry Primary School in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The two companies together with The Marketing Hub, donated 1 000 solar lanterns to the School, which will enable learners, with no access to the formal electricity supply, to do their homework when darkness descends. In addition to the solar lanterns, approximately 400 books were donated by various communities, as well as a generous donation of books from Bargain Books.

These solar lantern takes four hours to charge and provides six hours of strong lighting. This is sufficient for one or two pupils at a time to complete their homework assignments every day.
Dr Macken Mistry Primary School which is located in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, services one of the poorest urban communities in KZN. Built to accommodate 750 learners, and the school has 950 active learners from Grade 0 to Grade 7. All of them are from poor and disadvantaged homes, with many being orphans and living in foster care. Many live in shacks, large hostels and derelict apartment blocks and more than 55% have no access to electricity.

The team from Marlin Laboratories generously renovated a reading room for the learners, by re-painting the room with bright welcoming colors, installed book shelves as well as provided some bean bags for the children to feel relaxed in their quiet reading time.

The solar lanterns were handed over in a ceremony on 27 October 2017, at the school.

We also formally opened the Reading Room where learners will have the opportunity to choose a book and spend some time reading and developing their skills in a safe, warm and comfortable environment.


“These children come from desperate home environments in a community characterised by high levels of poverty, unemployment and substance abuse,” says Chris Kelway, CEO of Enabling Africa. “Even the simple task of completing their homework in the evenings is complicated by a lack of resources. This puts them at an educational disadvantage right from the start and hampers their ability to perform well at school.”
As this is a challenge for Learners in many Schools across the Province and indeed the country, Enabling Africa is calling on other companies to provide sponsorship that will enable the solar lantern program to be extended to other children in off-grid schools and communities.

“A donation of R20 000 enables us to supply 100 lanterns,” says Kelway. “If 750 companies were each to donate that amount, we could reach the learners with the same challenge in many home environments across South Africa. Just think what a difference that would make in strengthening their education journey.”

The school very generously ensure all guests and speakers were well looked after with a delicious sit down lunch to say Thank You. The hospitality was exceptionally warm and welcoming.

We look forward to hearing updates on the learners and their positive academic journeys.

If you or your companies are interested in getting involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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