2014 was another positive year for the SAME Foundation. Here’s a quick look at the work our Gauteng branch did over the past few months.
We completed a R6 million project at Kalafong Hospital in July. We completely renovated, expanded, redesigned and fully equipped the Reception area and Accident and Emergency Unit. This will not only save lives and reduce the severity of life-threatening injuries, but because Kalafong is a Tertiary hospital, it will also provide a world-class facility for medical students to learn in. These students will be our future doctors, and they now have access to state-of-the-art medical equipment to do what they do best – save lives.
April 2014 saw the launch of our Education division in Gauteng, specialising in whole-school revitalisation and development. After research and input from various stakeholders, we came up with a unique blueprint that we will continually assess and manage going forward.
Our first and flagship primary school – identified by not only their great needs, but also the effective management and dedicated teachers – is Tirisano-Mmogo Primary in Cosmo-City. By September we managed to kick-off renovations and by December we completed a classroom, a fully-equipped computer centre, a block of learners’ bathrooms and prepared grade R and grade one classrooms for this years’ expansion (from only Gr 4 -7). We also installed a security system with 24 hour armed response to complement the security measures the school already put in place to secure their new resources.
We have big plans for 2015 and beyond. In 2015 we will continue with our work at Tirisano-Mmogo until the school is completely renovated and learning systems are being used effectively. We will monitor and evaluate both the teachers and the learners. We will also identify a feeder high school who needs vital resources such as a library, computer centre and science equipment so that we can take the children through to Matric, thus influencing the entire community from grade R to 12.
Our Gauteng Health division is focusing on Leratong Hospital once again – our flagship health project – where we will do a complete revamp of the Paediatric and Anti-Natal Units, providing the hospital with much needed medical equipment and infrastructure upgrades. We will also finalise our Eastern Cape Project, namely Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth.
Thank you to all our donors for making these projects possible.