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Climbing Africa's highest mountains so Khayelitsha schoolgirls don't have to

Climbing Africa's highest mountains so Khayelitsha schoolgirls don't have to

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Miriam has completed her climb! Click here for an Update!

What's the deal?

From 28 September to 5 October, Khayelitsha entrepreneur Mandisi Peter is putting his passion for hiking to good use as he is climbing Kilimanjaro (5895m) in support of providing safe, affordable, quality girls education in the place he calls home. 

His Kili Trek is dedicated to Molo Mhlaba (“Hello World”), Khayelitsha’s first private girls iSTEAM (Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) school. The facility opened its doors this year and is providing a happy, safe, affordable, and conducive place of learning for young girls. 

“Every South African child should have the same opportunities, regardless of their gender or socio-economic class,” he says. “Young girls from communities like mine have to climb mountains every day to get ahead. This shouldn’t be the case.”

Mandisi is joined by friend and journalist Miriam Mannak, a member of Hikers Network Search & Rescue. She will climb Africa’s second highest mountain (Mount Kenya / 4895m) at more or less the same time (1-5 October). “When I heard Mandisi was climbing Kili to raise funds for girls’ education around the same time I am climbing Mount Kenya, it was a no-brainer to join his quest,” she says. “Schoolgirls shouldn’t be climbing mountains. Let us do that for them!”

How much?

Mandisi and Miriam want to raise at least R50,000. This allows the school to disburse bursaries amongst 10 young girls. The learners will enter Molo Mhlaba’s Reception Class in 2019.

What is Molo Mhlaba all about?

As an all-women initiative, Molo Mhlaba was founded by 33-year-old social worker Rethabile Sonibare, her colleague Athambile Masola, and the board members of the Thope Foundation. The initiative provides on-site strengthening of language and literacy skills from Grade R to Grade 4 and after-school academic, life skills, and STEAM programming for Grade 5 to Grade 7 girls in Khayelitsha. Molo Mhlaba is a bilingual school (isiXhosa and English) that has enrolled 262 learners to date. Check out YouTube to find out why we, Mandisi and Miriam, have chosen to hike for Molo Mhlaba

Why iSTEAM in Khayelitsha?

As an Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths institution, Molo Mhlaba allows girls to flourish in a safe and happy environment. “We believe there is no reason that girls shouldn’t be inspired by and dream about careers in the iSTEAM fields. They have the right to a safe learning environment, which is often lacking in disadvantaged communities,” says founder Sonibare.

Molo Mhlaba’s approach allows girls to:

  • Freely and frequently express themselves, leading to improved critical thinking skills
  • Achieve their full academic potential in a safe environment
  • Develop varied interests, leadership skills, confidence and resilience
  • Feel they can start, build, and achieve anything

Long-term plan

The long-term plan is to create a network of 10 primary schools nationwide over the next decade, with an annual intake of 60 girls in each institute – reaching 420 learners per campus per year by 2028 (4200 children) 

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Donations

  • Dec 03, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • May 02, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Apr 01, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Feb 27, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Jan 29, 2019 - R 103.00
  • "Hopeful. " - Anonymous

  • Jan 29, 2019 - R 514.00
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Dec 28, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "Hopeful. " - Anonymous

  • Dec 28, 2018 - R 514.00
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Nov 29, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "Hopeful. " - Anonymous

  • Nov 29, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "I hiked with Mandisi at Mafadi and I was inspired. Keep up with the gud work" - Justice Letsoela

  • Nov 22, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "may this initiative flourish and be contagious " - Jane

  • Oct 29, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "Hopeful. " - Anonymous

  • Oct 17, 2018 - R 300.00
  • "Well done!" - Andrew Patterson / Ubuntu 365

  • Oct 10, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Both summits reached, total height 10790m. " - Johan

  • Oct 09, 2018 - R 7 645.70
  • "It was an incredible experience to meet the girls! We're very thankful to be able and help one little lady with a year of school!" - Adam and Chelsea Curry

  • Oct 05, 2018 - R 250.00
  • "Keep it up!!" - Laura myers

  • Oct 05, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "happy to help" - lynne smit

  • Oct 04, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Well done guys! Great cause" - Siya Maya

  • Oct 01, 2018 - USD $ 29.79
  • "A wonderful cause! " - Mama and Papa Slack

  • Oct 01, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "Thank you for making a difference" - Beverley Houston

  • Oct 01, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Lovely project, climb strong you two!" - jen

  • Oct 01, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "All the best!" - Namfu

  • Oct 01, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "Hopeful. " - Anonymous

  • Sep 30, 2018 - USD $ 22.31
  • "Climb high!" - Betsy C

  • Sep 28, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "This is great guys! Have fun and remember the pace is pole pole. Karibu Kenya Miriam!" - Serah

  • Sep 28, 2018 - USD $ 35.41
  • "And another R500 for you guys' mission! Good luck!" - Anke & Johan van der Klein

  • Sep 28, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Looking forward to how iSTEAM helps build South African worldview" - Anonymous

  • Sep 28, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 27, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Good luck Mandisi and Miriam. Be safe and enjoy! xx" - Isabel

  • Sep 27, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Right behind you Mandi......" - Mpho

  • Sep 26, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "A wonderful cause. All the best to you both! " - Girl Power!

  • Sep 26, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Next... Everest!!" - GG

  • Sep 26, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Go scale it Miriam!!!" - Michelle Beh

  • Sep 26, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "No mountain is too high when you have courage. Thank you for your courage. " - Ndlovukazi

  • Sep 26, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "This is for such a worthwhile cause!" - Jacqui

  • Sep 25, 2018 - R 359.87
  • "Climb strong, climb safe " - Sue-Ann Crockett

  • Sep 24, 2018 - USD $ 130.04
  • "An it please thee =)" - M Honig

  • Sep 24, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the best on the climb!! Follow your joy" - Linda Mothobi

  • Sep 24, 2018 - USD $ 157.95
  • "Proud to support Africa‚Äôs future." - Afrinection

  • Sep 24, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "May God order your steps. #PolePole" - OmphiM

  • Sep 23, 2018 - USD $ 51.43
  • "As always turning an adventure into something for others. Have an incredible trip in the mountains :D " - Jen Slack

  • Sep 23, 2018 - R 866.17
  • "Great cause!" - M

  • Sep 22, 2018 - USD $ 34.54
  • "proud of what you're doing; go slow and steady on those big mountains" - Shaz

  • Sep 22, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Klap it!" - Anonymous

  • Sep 22, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Go for it!" - Viv Edwards

  • Sep 21, 2018 - USD $ 18.40
  • "Good luck " - Lenneke

  • Sep 21, 2018 - R 434.73
  • "Good luck and have fun climbing these mountains!" - Karin en Marco

  • Sep 21, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Hopeful. " - Anonymous

  • Sep 21, 2018 - USD $ 117.85
  • "Go on you Dear Mandisi and Miriam! You are doing great job! Proud on you both!" - Marijke & Gep Mannak

  • Sep 20, 2018 - R 3 187.42
  • "In honour of my daughter's 17th (tomorrow) + my nephew's 14th (today) birthdays: 17+14+00" - Fiona Burtt

  • Sep 20, 2018 - USD $ 35.89
  • "I support Molo Mlaba every step on the way!" - C Theron

  • Sep 20, 2018 - R 5 000.00
  • "Delighted to support such a great initiative " - Irvine Partners Public Relations

  • Sep 19, 2018 - R 411.28
  • "ONE Khayelitsha girl could and she DID. Womandla" - RethMas

  • Sep 19, 2018 - USD $ 35.33
  • "Thank you for climbing mountains so these girls don't have to! Wishing you a safe journey. " - Susan Robinson

  • Sep 19, 2018 - R 410.00
  • "Great initiative! Mandisi, make sure your bag is light:-)" - Thabiso Nkone

  • Sep 19, 2018 - R 359.87
  • "Best of wishes with Kili. One step at a time!" - Varaidzo

  • Sep 18, 2018 - R 411.28
  • "Good luck. Have fun. :)" - Andrea

  • Sep 18, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Keep up the great work Molo Mhlaba" - Mandisi

  • Sep 18, 2018 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Because every child deserves quality education. " - The Mountain Slayers

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 59 709.95

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 13 000.00
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As an all-women initiative, Molo Mhlaba was founded by 33-year-old social worker Rethabile Sonibare, her colleague Athambile Masola, and the board members of their NPO, the Thope Foundation. The Thope Foundation provides on-site strengthening of language and literacy skills from Grade R to Grade 4 and after-school academic, life skills, and STEM programming for Grade 5 to Grade 7 girls in Khayelitsha. Molo Mhlaba is a bilingual school (isiXhosa and English) with four staff members that has enrolled 262 learners to date.