Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit, owned by Tshepiso Phosa, adopted an orphanage, Woodhouse Community Care Base, in Mataffin in March 2015. There was a burning desire for a library to advance the knowledge and education of the 169 children at the orphanage between the ages of 2 and 19. She managed to conquer her dream of putting up a library with the help of the main sponsors Steval Pumas and Mpumalanga Show.
Tshepiso believes that all CSI projects should be sustainable and that is why she continues to do feeding schemes for the orphanage along with Kungumusa Care Base for the past year and a half now. She emphasized at the opening of the Woodhouse library ceremony that the true definition of real wealth is education because no one can take it away from you.
This year for the first time, two children from the community have advanced to grade 12. Previously, they would drop out in grade 10. By joining forces, the Steval Pumas, the Mpumalanga Show and Milviforce Puma N4 hope that even more children will have the tools to advance to grade 12. Hence the initiative to collect educational books for the orphans was started.
Tshepiso is very committed to this house and made it a big priority to put all the effort and care into this initiative to provide the children with education and started the library fund raiser. They managed to raise a lot of funds for the library as well the books that is currently in the library. Milviforce is the proud fuel sponsor for the Steval Pumas. She signed up with the Pumas in 2016 and the partnership has blossomed since. They assisted her to get this project running and so the Mpumalanga Show also came on board and the container library was donated by Karenza Ring of the Mpumalanga Show who said reading is the most important thing for a child.
“We believe that one must always give back and by teaching a child how to read will open many doors for them. Reading instils a sense of curiosity which is very valuable for a child’s future,” said Ring.
Centre manager of Woodhouse, Amos Ngwamba was thrilled upon receiving the library donation. “Since 2012 we have been trying our level best to help these orphans as we want them to be educated and to grow. Here, at the centre, the children complete grade R but then have to go to other schools. We believe that if we can encourage them to read and learn, we will change the future of the community and see our children go to university,” said Ngwamba as he works along his wife, Jeanette who is the founder of the centre.
Tshepiso Phosa, owner of Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit said it is wonderful to see how the community has joined hands to support the initiative. “My father, Dr Mathews Phosa taught me that education is key. He came from a disadvantaged home but his father installed in him the importance of having an education, and it is my wish to take that value and pass it on to other children. It is important for us as individuals to make the difference we want to see in our community. Education is the definition of real wealth. No one can take it away from you” says Tshepiso Phosa.
You can still show your support and get involved by dropping off all old or new books at Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit on the corner of N4 and Hardekool Street opposite Ilanga Mall as there can never be enough books or enough to learn.