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Sakhile Centre Of Learning Assisted By Three Tree Hill Foundation

Many of the guests staying at Three Tree Hill will visit the spectacular Royal Natal National Park in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site. On the way, they will pass through the rural villages of aMazizini & Bonjaneni. It was on one of these trips to the park that Cheryl Grace (Three Tree Hill guest) met Elijah Mbonane (Tour Guide) and decided to collaborate with Three Tree Hill to build and support an Early Childhood Development Centre focusing on Environmental Sustainability & Tourism that could inspire the children of this area to protect this beautiful site for generations to come. Legacy of Grace was born.

Together with generous donors we have collaborated with award-winning Sustainable Development Researcher & Community Architecht, Kevin Kimwelle and have started developing a small piece of land, using recycled materials, local labour and university students from South Africa and abroad. The idea is to develop an Early Childhood Development facility with an Eco-Tourism Centre as part of the school. In order to receive government grant assistance to make the project financially sustainable, a number of requirements need to be met, ie. separate classrooms, toilets & kitchen facilities.

One of the impressive sustainable design aspects is a ‘ground-breaking’ Bio-gas Digestor system that channels toilet waste, grey water, food waste & cattle manure to a system of air-tight bio-gas bags that, together with ‘good’ bacteria break down the wet waste & produce gas that can be used to power the cooker and deep freeze that holds food for the children.

Another important aspect of the donations we receive goes to training the teachers. At this stage we have only managed to assist one of our teachers to achieve a National Certificate in Early Childhood Development, but aim to assist the other two teachers with the same. Other teacher training practical workshops have been facilitated by Botshabelo UpliftED Training.

Although our aim is to receive government grant assistance, this amount is very small and in order to retain the good level of education we need to supplement this income.

Our motto at Legacy of Grace is…

If you always give, you will always have.”


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