Featured Project: Thembelihle Expansion

We are actively engaged in fundraising for an expansion to Thembelihle Primary School. Click here for more information on the school. 

This expansion not only doubles the number of children at the school but enhances the programs offered.  Among the improvements are the addition of:

  • Math, science and technology center
  • Multipurpose building for assembly, performing arts, indoor sports and a food services center
  • Dedicated chapel for worship
  • Seven new classrooms

On January 8th of this year CUSP board members, Hugh and Lynn Queener, were able to attend the first of two official groundbreaking ceremonies for the Thembelihle School expansion.  This ceremony focused our attention on the School Governing Body (SGB).  Speakers included:

  • Rev. John Stack – Retired Methodist Minister and SGB member
  • Mr. Damon Shaw – Principal
  • Dr. Carolyn Hancock – SGB Chairman
  • Mr. Hugh Queener – SGB member and CUSP Foundation Chairman

This project is now “officially” underway with the construction drawings almost complete and ground work beginning this month. We anticipate a 9-12 month construction schedule. Of note is the new class of 1st graders began classes in January. The school will admit 30 new children each year for the next six years going from 210 children to 420 by 2024.

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We need your help to complete the building project. Although, our first year of fundraising (2017) was very successful we still need to cross the finish line. The overall project will cost 12,500,000 South African Rand (or about $1,150,000).

In accordance with our mission to create unity between our supporters and partner organizations, the financing plan calls for this project to fund jointly from South African sources and supporters in the U.S. So our capital goal is $600,000.

We are about 75% there.  Please consider a commitment over a three year period to help us.  The CUSP Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) and approved by the Internal Revenue Service – any gifts are tax deductible.  If you are interested in receiving more information or would like to make a pledge please contact us.

Featured Partner: Angels’ Care

This center provides a diverse level of services to children that come from extreme poverty, most of them in households that live on less than two dollars per day per person.  In addition the communities they live in have no running water, sewer systems or electricity and crime is very high especially against children. You can learn more here.

Angels Care Center offers services and a safe haven for as many as 500 children per week.  The center houses and runs a crises center for child victims of abuse, a weekly feeding program for 300 children, an early childhood development center and other education programs focused on children and their parents.

The school is in need of operating funds for staff salaries and program expansion.