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Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative – Jonga High School

WMO Jonga High School 11 August 2023 - precious tree project

Jonga High School is located in Thembalethu, George, and has approximately 1400 learners (Grade 8 to Grade 12). The school has been approved additional classrooms on adjacent land offered as a land swap by the Department of Agriculture in order to accommodate the increasing numbers of learners completing Grade 7 (coming out of the local primary schools).

The school is a public and secondary school and while it is allocated some funding by the Education Department, it remains responsible for ordering stationery, textbooks, paying water and lights accounts and undertaking their own maintenance. Community fundraising to bring in additional income into the school is limited given the lowered socio-economic bracket within which the community falls. There is an existing food kitchen that feeds the learners daily and an enclosed space has been created for a vegetable garden. The intention of the school is to invest in establishing and maintaining the vegetable and fruit garden so that it can support the needs of the school kitchen.

The groundsman who currently handles the general maintenance of the school grounds will oversee the trees in collaboration with the staff and learners who participated in the activity.

Thank you World Memon Organisation for your ongoing support and investment in the health of our youth and educating them on the importance of trees and our natural environment in our own health and well-being.

Click here if you would like to GIFT A TREE OR visit www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject to make a donation or sponsor a tree.

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Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative – Pacaltsdorp High School

WMO Pacaltsdorp High School

The school is located in Pacaltsdorp in George, and has approximately 1500 learners (Grade 8 to Grade 12). There is a hostel on the school grounds providing limited number of student accommodation.

There is an existing food kitchen that feeds all the learners daily, including meals for the hostel residents. The intention of Pacaltsdorp High School going forward is to re-invest in the existing vegetable garden which has fallen into disarray as a result of a lack of project funding to continue with the maintenance and upkeep thereof. There is capacity on the school grounds to grow food gardens capable of feeding the school goers as well as the 3-meals-a-day feeding requirements of the hostel residents.

A small team of ground-staff will oversee the trees in collaboration with the school members who are part of The Green Club.

Thank you World Memon Organisation for your ongoing support and investment in the health of our youth and educating them on the importance of trees and our natural environment in our own health and well-being.

Check out the Youtube video below!

Click here if you would like to GIFT A TREE OR visit www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject to make a donation or sponsor a tree.

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Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative – Thembalethu Primary School

Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative Thembalethu Primary School Precious Tree Project

SITE #10: Thembalethu Primary School

The school is located in Thembalethu, in George. The school has 1826 (Grade R to Grade 7) learners. It is a Section 21 school and therefore allocated financial assistance by the department primarily for teachers, assistants and ground staff, but remains responsible for ordering stationery, textbooks, paying water and lights accounts and undertaking their own general maintenance.

There is an existing food kitchen that feeds all the learners daily. The school has recently set up a vegetable garden as part of the Health Departments goals towards increasing nutritional values of food intake for the learners. Many of the learners attending Thembalethu Primary School do not have a pre-packed lunch and the need to feed the children meals at school is on the rise.

The staff and learners of Thembalethu Primary School & The Precious Tree Project Team Say THANK YOU WMO!

Check out the Youtube video below!


Click here if you would like to GIFT A TREE OR visit www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject to make a donation or sponsor a tree.

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Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative – New Dawn Primary School

Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative New Dawn Primary School Precious Tree Project

SITE #9: New Dawn Primary School

New Dawn Primary School is located in New Dawn Park, Pacaltsdorp, in George. The school has approximately 1200 learners (Grade 1 to Grade 7) with an additional special needs class of 15 learners. The school is a public primary school and is well maintained on the limited funds provided by the Dpt. of Education. New Dawn Park was built in 2002 and  as a Section 21 school, is accordingly allocated some financial funding by the department but remains responsible for ordering stationery, textbooks, paying water and lights accounts and undertaking their own maintenance. It is a no fee institution. Community fundraising to bring in additional income into the school is required. The school is mostly absent of trees around the playing fields and outdoor areas.

There is an existing food kitchen that feeds the learners lunch. The intention of the school is to invest in a vegetable and fruit garden that can support the needs of the school kitchen.

The staff and learners of New Dawn Primary School & The Precious Tree Project Team Say THANK YOU WMO!

Check out the Youtube video below!


Click here if you would like to GIFT A TREE OR visit www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject to make a donation or sponsor a tree.

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Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative – Life Community Services Centre

Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative Life Community Services Centre Precious Tree Project

SITE #8: Life Community Services Centre

In 1999, children living in poor and dysfunctional communities in George, South Africa, started attending Sunday School at a local church. After an investigation, the church set up an informal wooden structure in the community where they lived to feed the children once a week. Two years later, Philip and Maryna DeVries from the USA accepted the challenge to come to build on this foundation as an NGO, and LIFE Community Services was born. They developed an outreach program and mobilised local and overseas churches, foundations, businesses and individuals to assist communities suffering deprivation. George is an area that has a high TB death rate, AIDS crisis, a high per capita alcohol abuse problem and escalating divorce rates.

LIFE was registered as a Non-Profit Organisation in March 2001 and in 2008 as a Public Benefit Organisation and is committed to developing and implementing Christian-based interventions that transform the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in George, South Africa. The Centre is located in Conville, Thembalethu in and currently has approximately 290 learners.

There is a small established food garden on the premises and volunteers who run and maintain the vegetable garden and grounds in collaboration with the groundsmen.

The staff and learners of Life Community Services Centre & The Precious Tree Project Team Say THANK YOU WMO!

Check out the Youtube video below!


If you would like to Gift an indigenous tree click here OR visit www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject.

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Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative – Rondevlei Learning Centre

Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative Rondevlei Learning Centre Precious Tree Project

SITE #7: Rondevlei Learning Centre

Rondevlei Learning Centre is a small community centre based in Rondevlei, George, and is the brainchild of Vinessa van Rensburg. The Learning Centre consists of 9 children who reside as weekly boarders at the Centre’s hostel rooms. RLC has been set up as a non-profit and public benefit organisation in order to assist, guide and educate underprivileged youth and to provide alternate and stimulating forms of education for those struggling with mainstream education.

The organization, as a non-profit organization, relies on sponsorship and donations and the dedicated teachers/staff and general assistants continuously involved in the Learning Centre do so on a voluntary basis.

The Centre has recently started a food and vegetable garden to supply the in-house kitchen which feeds the learners daily.

The grounds around the Centre are visibly absent of trees; the majority of the trees growing on the surrounding parts of the property are non indigenous trees (that require removing in terms of the Invasive Alien Management requirement) and that will be harvested for firewood for the Centre’s needs.

The staff and learners of the Rondevlei Learning Centre  & The Precious Tree Project Team say THANK YOU WMO!

Check out the Youtube video below!


If you would like to Gift an indigenous tree click here OR visit https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject.

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Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative – Parkdene Primary School

Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative Parkdene Primary School Precious Tree Project

SITE #6: Parkdene Primary School

The school is located in a low socio-economic area called Parkdene in Thembalethu, George. The school has approx. 1400 learners (Grade 1 to Grade 7). The school is a Section 21 primary school and is allocated some level of funding by the Department of Education. The school itself is  responsible for ordering stationery, textbooks, paying utilities (water and lights accounts) and undertaking their own maintenance. It is a no fee institution and the school is reliant on outside funding to cover its running costs.

There is an existing well-run food kitchen that feeds a certain percentage of the learners two meals per day. There is no vegetable garden to support the kitchen yet but this is on the school’s wish list as increasing numbers of the learners attending the school are not bringing pre-packed lunches and do not come to school having eaten breakfast.

The staff and learners of Parkdene Primary School & The Precious Tree Project Team say THANK YOU WMO!

Check out the Youtube video below!


If you would like to Gift an indigenous tree click here OR visit https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject.

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Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative – Conville Primary School

Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative Conville Primary School Precious Tree Project

SITE #5: Conville Primary School

The school is located in Conville, Thembalethu, in George. The school has approximately 1600 learners (Grade 1 to Grade 7). The school is a public primary school and as a Section 21 school and is accordingly allocated some financial funding by the department but remains responsible for ordering stationery, textbooks, paying water and lights accounts and undertaking their own maintenance. It is a no fee institution. Community fundraising to bring in additional income into the school is not a possibility, given the low socio-economic bracket within which the community falls. The school relies on external funding for the upkeep of the school.

There is an existing food kitchen that feeds all the learners 2 meals per day. The intention of the school is to invest in a vegetable and fruit garden that can support most of the vegetable needs of the school kitchen.

The staff and learners of Conville Primary School & The Precious Tree Project Team Say THANK YOU WMO!

Check out the Youtube video below!


If you would like to Gift an indigenous tree click here OR visit https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject.

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Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative – Touwsranten Primary School

Tree Planting and Environmental Awareness Initiative Touwsranten Primary School Precious Tree Project

SITE #4: Touwsranten Primary School

The school is located in Touwsranten, Hoekwil  – in the George District.  The school has 432 learners (Grade 1 to Grade 7). This quaint little school is well maintained on the limited funds provided by the Dpt. of Education and is a public primary school.  The school is a Section 21 school meaning it is allocated finances by the department and is responsible for ordering stationery, textbooks, paying water and lights accounts and undertaking their own maintenance of the school.

There is a small food kitchen that feeds all the learners 3 meals per day which is supported by a small scale vegetable garden (currently not sufficient to supply the food kitchen with all of its requirements). The majority of the learners attending do not have a pre-packed lunch as they reside in a low-income bracket community in which the school is situated. The school grounds are visibly absent of trees.

The staff and learners of Touwsranten Primary School & The Precious Tree Project Team Say THANK YOU WMO!

Check out the Youtube video below!


To Gift a Tree click here OR visit www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/precioustreeproject to make a donation / sponsor a tree.