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First SOS Africa Child Starts High School

17 Jan 2011

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One of the great things about being part of a small charity like SOS Africa, are the many landmarks which we can celebrate as we grow.

It seems like only yesterday when we walked a very anxious looking 6 year old Mavis through the gates of Mafikeng Preparatory School for the very first time. For us, this in itself was a fantastic achievement. At the time, little did we know that many other children would follow in Mavis’s footsteps, during the years come.

Looking back now, though none of us knew it at the time, Mavis carried the weight of the future of our charity on her shoulders as she walked through those gates into the unknown. Had it not have been for her regular gleaming school reports and the relentless praise she received from her teachers, we might not have considered or been able to send more children to school the following year.

Among her many achievements, one which is particularly worthy of mention has to be her winning her years Afrikaans Award two years running. Before she started at the school Mavis spoke only her tribal dialect. It was therefore a big surprise to everyone that Mavis was presented with the Afrikaans Award ahead of the children in her class, for which Afrikaans was their mother tongue.

On top of her various personal milestones, Mavis must also be praised for the support she gives the other SOS Africa children. In fact, among the charity’s staff, Mavis is often referred to as the ‘Mother Hen.’ Whenever any of our children are upset or in need of support, Mavis is always there to give them help or a much needed hug. The staff and children of SOS Africa owe her a great deal for this.

Then, at the end of last year, when we were contacted by the Headmaster of Mafikeng High School and informed that Mavis had been accepted, we were absolutely delighted. Though we were confident that she would be accepted, due to her excellent end of year marks, the High School sets very high standards. After a comprehensive tour of the school classrooms and grounds, we quickly realised that this high standard and the schools excellent reputation were fully justified. We knew instantly that Mavis would be happy here and that this school would help her realise her full potential.

And so, on the 12th January, we celebrated yet another SOS Africa landmark, as Mavis walked through the gates of Mafikeng High School for the first time, though this time the nervous expression was replaced with confidence and excitement. Another chapter in Mavis’s life and the life of SOS Africa has begun.

We would like to wish Mavis the best of luck in her new school, and look forward to her next landmarks, whatever they may be...

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