School uniforms for Phumza

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Uniforms at Phumza
At the Phumza primary school in the KwaZulu-Natal province, which has the highest rate of HIV in South Africa, nearly all children live in poverty. Despite the obstacles these young children face every day at home, they have a fierce determination to get an education.

A major hurdle in getting an education, however, is a requirement that all students have a proper uniform. The cost of each uniform is completely out of reach for most kids: at approximately $60 each, two uniforms cost more than many families make in a month. Even more heartbreaking is that these children will do just about anything to fashion a makeshift uniform so they can go to school. Most uniforms have been repaired more than twice, and some have been used for more than 10 years.

To combat this, the Angel Network is launching a $1 million school uniform program. Children all over South Africa will now feel a sense of pride when they go to school. Over the next few months, the Angel Network will give more than 16,000 uniforms to children in need all over South Africa thanks to your donations.
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Published on December 23, 2004

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