Church helps African school children with water, supplies

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has helped fill an essential need for 960 children at the Vulamasango Primary School in Kanyemazane, South Africa.

Elder F. Michael Watson, a Church leader who oversees Southeast Africa, was on a visit to the school to thank administrators for allowing the Church to use the school for church services when he learned the city routinely interrupts the school’s water supply without notice. This action has prevented the students from having a cooked meal and using the restrooms. Many of the children are orphans, and the only meal they receive each day is school lunch. The Church donated a 5,000 liter emergency water tank to fill in the gaps when the water is turned off.

The Church formally gave the water tank to the school in a special hand-over ceremony on Friday, 19 March 2010. More than 100 parents attended, along with education leaders and principals from neighboring schools. The Church also gave all 960 students bags containing basic school supplies and special toys for the preschool children.

Speaking directly to the children, Elder Watson said, “We have brought school bags and a much needed water tank today to help you, but in return you have given back to us so much more. Your gift to us is the love felt deep in our hearts.”

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