Inside the volunteer project that's rebuilding 3 Khayelitsha schools in 7 days

Pippa Hudson and her team hosted a live broadcast from Usasazo High School in Khayelitsha, where volunteers are helping revamp and rebuild three schools.

Usasazo High School is one of three Khayelitsha schools that will renovated and extended to help improve learning.

Read: 300 volunteers arrive in Cape Town to build schools in Khayelitsha

The much-needed rebuild is made possible by Irish-based charity organisation, Mellon Educate.

Mellon Educate was founded by property developer and philanthropist Niall Mellon in 2002.

Read: 300 volunteers arrive in Cape Town to build schools in Khayelitsha

The organisation is on mission is to expand and refurbish ill-equipped schools in South Africa and empower teachers to by creating optimal learning conditions.

The group has also built homes for 200 000 impoverished South Africans.

The latest Khayelitsha building blitz marks their fifteenth building project since starting, Mellon explains.

He says Mellon Educate could not be impactful without the commitment of the volunteers.

The blitz build will see the renovation and refurbishment of three Khayelitsha schools in one week.

There's a lot of other crazy, good people who also want to make a difference.

Niall Mellon, philanthropist and founder of Mellon Educate

Only 20% of the people who come on our trip are qualified trades-people. The rest of us carry roof tiles, paint walls and build blocks.

Niall Mellon, philanthropist and founder of Mellon Educate

In seven days, we will have transformed three schools. Over 3 500 are benefiting from the arrival from these 300 volunteers.

Niall Mellon, philanthropist and founder of Mellon Educate

A lot of us don't realise the difference we can make... There's a huge satisfaction when you give up a couple of days.

Niall Mellon, philanthropist and founder of Mellon Educate

Almost 600 children [at Usasazo High School] are getting brand new classrooms tomorrow. It's a magical moment.

Niall Mellon, philanthropist and founder of Mellon Educate

Visit the Mellon Educate website to learn more.

Take a listen to Niall Mellon talk about his organisation and the difference it has made:

Usasazo High principal Patrick Barnes says the eight extra classes will help will with overcrowding, boost school morale and help address socio-economic issues in the area.

Take a listen to the principal elaborate on the impact that the blitz build will make:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Inside the volunteer project that's rebuilding 3 Khayelitsha schools in 7 days


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