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The Wantage Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul has been supporting Greenfields School in Thokoza, South Africa, one of the poorest areas in the country, since it was established in 2008. The school has about 1,600 pupils in classes averaging 60 children per teacher. Despite this pupil/teacher ratio, discipline is fantastic as almost all the children are eager to learn. Most come from single parent households, or are orphans, and live in informal shacks, without running water, sanitation, or electricity.
The school identifies the most needy children and parishioners from St. Peter and St. Paul have been providing them with warm school uniform pullovers, handmade by about 30 knitters from Wantage, so they can cope with the bitterly cold Johannesburg winters with frost most nights. The Parish also supplies books and other school supplies and the needy children are given daily meals prepared in a kitchen that was built with funds from Wantage. As water supplies are unreliable, the Parish is currently raising funds to dig a borehole for the school, so it can enjoy reliable and safe water.
During Wantage’s Dickensian Evening on the 3rd of December, between 6pm and 8:50pm, St. Peter and St. Paul will be hosting several stalls, including one for Greenfields School, selling many products, including shortbread biscuits, jams, fudge, lavender bags, woolen goods, teddy bears, and much more. It’s a perfect opportunity to stock up on some Christmas presents. In addition, mince pies and mulled wine will be on offer.
Come over to St. Peter and St. Paul, just off the Market Place, browse the stalls, and support some worthy causes.
Covid-safe practices will be followed.