Support Vallent's Remedial Education
- By: Marc Struik
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/vallent-nkomo
My name is Marc Struik and I am 61. I reside in Sunset Acres, Johannesburg. I am opening this fundraising cause for Vallent Nkomo on behalf of my wife Jenny and our friends Anton and Louise Bleekers.
This is the story about Vallent Nkomo. Vallent is a 13-year old boy who is currently repeating Grade 6 at Bordeaux Primary School in Johannesburg. Vallent comes from a split family: his mother lives in Zimbabwe with some of his siblings, whilst his father, a gardener, lives in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.
Vallent has limited contact with his mother and he has not lived with his father for years. Instead, Vallent has lived with an elderly couple who ran an after-care centre not far from where he went to school. Over time, for various reasons, Vallent's parents, particularly his father, were ostracized from seeing him.
On 09 December 2017, an 18-month old baby drowned in the pool at the after-care centre. The baby was the daughter of the housekeeper who lived on the premises but had left the baby in the care of the elderly lady. On that day, the elderly lady had left the baby with Vallent because she was not feeling well. A much older boy (17 or 18) was also at the premises at the time and Vallent asked him to watch out for the girl as he was more mature.
At some point during the day, the baby had crawled away from the older boy and found her way to the pool where the gate was not closed. Later that day, Vallent found the baby at the bottom of the pool and jumped in and brought her to surface but it was too late. The mother of the baby tried to commit suicide by drowning herself in the same pool a day or two later in front of Vallent.
Vallent, as one can understand, has been severely traumatized by these events and for a long time refused to talk. My wife Jenny, our friends Louise and Anton and I have tried to assist both the mother of the baby and Vallent. First, we organised multiple visits to a private psychiatrist for the mother of the baby to help her overcome her grief. The mother is now coping with life much better and has fallen pregnant again and is about to deliver her child. Second, we organised for Vallent to attend multiple sessions with a child psychologist. He is making progress, but he still doesn’t talk much.
We then arranged for Vallent to be assessed by an educational psychologist who concluded that Vallent was far behind in school and is likely at a level well below Grade 6. Despite this, Vallent has shown a natural talent and strong interest in electronics, computers and technology, which we believe will set him up well for the future, provided he is able to get into a supportive environment that can nurture his talents and bring him up to the right educational level. The psychologist suggested that Vallent attend a remedial school.
During all this time, Vallent has been staying temporarily with Louise and Anton but his father has expressed that he wants Vallent to move in with him. His father was given a government house with running water and electricity and Vallent has recently moved back with him.
Between Louise, Anton, Jenny and I, we have identified a private remedial school, called Crest School in Randburg, Johannesburg. Crest is both a primary and high school and would allow Vallent the opportunity to complete his matric in a supportive and stable environment. Between 18 and 21 June 2019, Vallent was assessed at this school and accepted. He will complete his primary education at Crest and at the end of Grade 7 will be assessed again to determine whether he needs to continue at Crest or has progressed so much that he could go to any high school thereafter.
As Crest School is a private school, the school fees alone are around R10,000 per month, equating to R120,000 per year. Therefore, I have opened a ‘BackaBuddy’ case for Vallent to garner financial support for Vallent to help him through school and hopefully give him a sound foundation to be successful in life. Vallent told me not so long ago that he would like to be an electrical engineer. With our and your help, we can at least give him the level of education that he needs to achieve this.
This is an on-going target to achieve enough funds to get Vallent at least through Grade 6 and Grade 7.
Funds raised will be used to cover:
R10,000 per month for school fees.
R500- R1,000 per month for additional activities, books, stationery, etc. Note that his father is contributing towards taxi fares but he cannot afford much.
The financial support to put Vallent through his primary education will set him up properly for further education and will give him a sound foundation for life.
*Funds raised for school fees will be paid directly to the school*
- Jul 18, 2019 - USD $ 56.49
- "Good luck!" - Marco van der Werff
- Jul 17, 2019 - R 10 282.00
- "Good luck with the studies, - always reach for them dream" - GP
- Jul 16, 2019 - R 2 056.40
- "Good luck Vallent!" - Henk & Adi
- Jul 16, 2019 - USD $ 75.87
- "All my support to this kid. Thank you guys for the initiative " - Anthony ARCIDIACO
- Jul 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
- "All the best with your studies Vallent!" - Fam. Meulenbeld
- Jul 12, 2019 - R 510.00
- "Good luck!" - Christina
- Jul 12, 2019 - USD $ 14.38
- "Good luck Vallent!!" - Aicha, Naomi, Joyce
- Jul 11, 2019 - USD $ 8.15
- "Good luck Vallent! " - Bo van Woudenberg
- Jul 08, 2019 - USD $ 13.44
- "Go Vallent!! Good luck!! " - Nicolette
- Jul 08, 2019 - USD $ 148.41
- "Best of luck Vallent. " - Onno
- Jul 08, 2019 - R 1 010.00
- "Keep it up Vallent!" - Tim Dröge
- Jul 05, 2019 - USD $ 133.54
- "All the best young man." - Peter and Cara
- Jul 05, 2019 - R 1 028.20
- "Giving is a gift" - Blake Schweitzer
- Jul 04, 2019 - R 1 010.00
- "Go young man the world's your oyster " - Chris Warburton
- Jul 04, 2019 - R 11 000.00
- "Lots of good wishes" - Louise Bleekers
- Jul 02, 2019 - USD $ 74.44
- "Best of luck Vallent!" - Marcel
- Jul 02, 2019 - R 1 641.01
- "Good luck with your studies, Vallent" - Lucie Hosselet
- Jul 02, 2019 - R 1 028.20
- "Good luck Vallent" - Sylvia Brett
- Jul 01, 2019 - R 514.10
- "Helping to make the most from the cards we are dealt" - Mr. Trevor Garden
- Jul 01, 2019 - R 3 210.00
- "Good luck with your studies" - Andy Kuhnel
- Jun 27, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
- "book $" - GW
- Jun 27, 2019 - USD $ 236.67
- "You deserve it Vallent" - Rene Boers
- Jun 26, 2019 - R 1 028.20
- "Go Vallent go!" - Dimi and Ype
- Jun 26, 2019 - R 15 423.00
- "Lets start the ball rolling..." - Marc & Jenny