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School Fees for 11-year-old Siyabonga Ndlovu

School Fees for 11-year-old Siyabonga Ndlovu

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Siyabonga Ndlovu is an almost 11-year-old child with Downs Syndrome. He suffers from severe global cognitive delay; he is not mobile, and his communication is extremely limited.

Up until 2019, Siyabonga was cared for by his loving parents. Because they are Zimbabwean, they were unable to access schooling as well as health care services in South Africa.

Hence, the Angel Network intervened! He was assessed by a speech therapist, audiologist, occupational therapist and physio therapist as well as a GP. The parents were counselled and provided feedback – up until now, Siyabonga's parents believed his delay was their fault!

We subsequently tried to get Siyabonga placed in school. Many schools refused him based on him being Zimbabwean. Eventually, we asked for legal assistance. Sadly, although we escalated this to the Department of Education, we failed. Eventually, we managed to place Siyabonga in a care centre, which provided limited stimulation, but assisted the family to be able to look for work. We collected money for the family, which has been used to for Siyabonga's placement in the care centre.

Today, Norman received a call from the Takalani School in Soweto to say they have a place for him. However, Norman lost his job just before COVID-19, and has been struggling ever since.

Hence, we are asking for assistance to help Siyabonga attend School. Fees are R350 monthly, with R700 boarding fee (the school is in Soweto which is too far from Cosmo City – hence boarding is required). Fees are thus R1050 monthly.

Just a note on the nature of this family: as Norman lost his lob, he worked with Siyabonga daily to assist his mobility. Norman sent me a video last month – Siyabonga is now ‘walking’ a small distance while holding on. This is such dedicated from his family!

Further, Norman is looking for a job. He has unfortunately been the victim of so many scams. He sends out his CV daily, yet sadly has not had success. On a side note – if anyone is able to offer Norman work – you will not be disappointed!

Please can we rally together and help this incredible family – and help Siyabonga access stimulation and communication skills that he so deserves!


  • Feb 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck!" - Anonymous

  • Feb 18, 2021 - USD $ 13.53
  • "Good luck to the wonderful parents! " - Gaynor

  • Feb 18, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Hope Siyabonga gets all he needs to progress from strength to strength

    " - Anonomous

  • Feb 17, 2021 - R 180.00
  • "Wishing you happiness" - Ziona Scop

  • Feb 17, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "X" - Ilana

  • Feb 17, 2021 - R 360.00
  • "Best of luck" - CG

  • Feb 17, 2021 - R 350.00
  • "Good luck for your new school " - Anonymous

  • Feb 17, 2021 - USD $ 34.39
  • "Xxxx" - Joanne

  • Feb 17, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Hi hope siyabonga enjoys his new school and boarding " - Claire

  • Feb 17, 2021 - USD $ 34.39
  • "For a complete Refuah Shlema for Blooma bas Shifra" - Anonymous

  • Feb 17, 2021 - USD $ 13.76
  • "Sending love " - CJ

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Donations to date

R 3 690.00

Fundraising target

R 10 000.00

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