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Victory of the Word

Victory of the Word

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Athi-Patra Ruga and Lesoko Seabe co- founders of Victory of the Word are pleased to announce the a three phased long term fundraising and development project in support of the historic Lovedale Press situated in Alice in the Eastern Cape.

The Lovedale Press which turns 200 years old in 2023 is in danger of closing its doors for good and is in dire need of funds for rent and salaries for the three remaining custodians Bishop Nqumbevu, Bulelwa Mbatyothi and Cebo Ntaka who have not drawn a stable income in close to a decade.  Nqumbevu, Mbatyothi and Ntaka have kept the doors of Lovedale Press open for as long as they could and now they need our support. Phase One of our project seeks to raise R300 000 to offer as a humble honorarium to the three remaining guardians of the Lovedale Press. 

Spread the word, help us to raise funds for the 3 exemplary citizens and help SAVE Lovedale Press.

#victoryoftheword #savelovedalepress

To know more about us, check our Instagram ! https://www.instagram.com/victoryoftheword/

 

Donations

  • Sep 16, 2020 - R 400.00
  • "Thank you for everything you’re doing! :) " - Cayleigh

  • Sep 08, 2020 - R 1 057.50
  • "Thank you for this fantastic initiative to save the Lovedale Press!" - Nozomi Sawada

  • Sep 03, 2020 - USD $ 59.56
  • "Thank you for work of this press." - Leslie James

  • Sep 02, 2020 - USD $ 60.10
  • "The Lovedale Press is an icon of African print history. Thank you for all your efforts to keep it open. " - Karin Barber

  • Sep 01, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "

    Well done for this initiative. I hope this small contribution helps toward the saving of the press

    " - Pila Rulashe

  • Aug 30, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "Thank you for helping to keep Lovedale Press alive" - Jillian

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 21.00
  • "“By her hills and waters: God bless Africa, and her sons and daughters.” John Knox Bokwe sase-Lovedale" - Graeme Wilkinson

  • Aug 29, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "For the love of isiXhosa" - Kuhle

  • Aug 28, 2020 - USD $ 29.47
  • "Preserve Lovedale and support the employees" - Jane Hofmeyr

  • Aug 26, 2020 - R 1 057.50
  • "Such important work, well done Athi and team x" - Christine

  • Aug 24, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Makwande!

    " - Kwanele Mgolozeli

  • Aug 23, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Long live Lovedale! " - Lethu

  • Aug 22, 2020 - USD $ 262.25
  • "I started work at Fort Hare 45 years ago and some of my best friends were at Lovedale. Please do everything you can to keep the historic press alive in one form or another." - Shaun Russell

  • Aug 22, 2020 - R 3 172.50
  • "For Lovedale past, present and future" - Aninka Geoff Josh Nick

  • Aug 21, 2020 - R 52.88
  • "Preservation of our culture is important" - Khanyisa

  • Aug 19, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Thanks for the work you do! " - Anonymous

  • Aug 19, 2020 - USD $ 5.75
  • "Good luck, we believe in you. " - Alex

  • Aug 19, 2020 - USD $ 28.74
  • "Thank you for this amazing innitative.LP is an African legacy." - Sthandiwe Kgoroge

  • Aug 19, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck!" - Vincent Hare

  • Aug 19, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "My parents worked at Lovedale College, Lovedale Press and the University of Fort Hare. We have to do what we can to honour and preserve this historic institution for future generations." - Asanda Sizani

  • Aug 19, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Good luck guys " - Thuli

  • Aug 19, 2020 - USD $ 11.50
  • "Thank you" - Emma Loftus

  • Aug 19, 2020 - R 2 115.00
  • "

    Lovedale Press is an essential part of our heritage! Thanks for keeping it alive.

    " - Khaloza Books

  • Aug 19, 2020 - R 1 057.50
  • "WONDEFUL INITIATIVE, BEST OF LUCK!!!" - SINDISO KHUMALO

  • Aug 18, 2020 - USD $ 11.47
  • "Thanks for your work!" - Talia Meyers

  • Aug 18, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "without our heritage we are nothing" - Siseko

  • Aug 18, 2020 - USD $ 28.66
  • "Keep the history alive " - Ann

  • Aug 17, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "Thank you for what you are doing" - Nick

  • Aug 17, 2020 - USD $ 27.00
  • "good luck!" - anonymous

  • Aug 17, 2020 - R 211.50
  • "May Lovedale continue" - Carolyn

  • Aug 17, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "Sterkte" - Anonymous

  • Aug 17, 2020 - R 1 057.50
  • "Good luck" - Alison Bullen

  • Aug 11, 2020 - USD $ 56.43
  • "Strength" - Anon

  • Aug 11, 2020 - USD $ 14.11
  • "Thank you for your work." - Anonymous

  • Aug 06, 2020 - R 105.75
  • "Education is the key to a healthy and thriving nation. Strength to Lovedale!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 06, 2020 - USD $ 58.04
  • "Long life to Lovedale Press." - Derek Peterson

  • Aug 04, 2020 - USD $ 57.83
  • "Lovedale has been such a crucial institution in the literary history and culture of southern Africa. " - Jennifer Wenzel

  • Aug 01, 2020 - USD $ 15.00
  • "Lovedale's long history of publishing in isiXhosa is valuable and should be considered a part of the cultural heritage of both South Africa and the world. Wishing you the best from New York City." - Smaran Dayal

  • Jul 31, 2020 - USD $ 50.65
  • "Good luck for success and continued good work - Shoshanah" - Shoshanah Rose Seidman

  • Jul 31, 2020 - USD $ 5.96
  • "Wish I could do more " - Ranka Primorac

  • Jul 30, 2020 - USD $ 12.13
  • "Keep up the good work of 200 years!" - Alexander Bubb

  • Jul 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Lovedale Press has a long & proud history of publishing much-needed texts in isiXhosa & others of our languages. We cannot stand by & see it die on our watch. Strength & long life to Lovedale Press!" - Sandy Shell

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "May Lovedale survive to see many more years." - Anonymous

  • Jul 29, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Courage!" - Sean Jacobs

  • Jul 29, 2020 - USD $ 90.45
  • "Success and survival!" - Steph N

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "For the love of isiXhosa" - Kuhle

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 21.00
  • "“By her hills and waters: God bless Africa, and her sons and daughters.” John Knox Bokwe sase-Lovedale" - Graeme Wilkinson

  • Jul 28, 2020 - USD $ 60.81
  • "Long live please, Lovedale Press" - Elleke Boehmer

  • Jul 28, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "good luck Lovedale" - Deborah James

  • Jul 25, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "More fire!" - Alude

  • Jul 24, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "For the love of isiXhosa" - Kuhle

  • Jul 24, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Long live, Lovedale! " - Ayanda Mahlaba

  • Jul 24, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Soko and Athi thank you for championing this great cause. " - Awande

  • Jul 23, 2020 - R 21.00
  • "“By her hills and waters: God bless Africa, and her sons and daughters.” John Knox Bokwe sase-Lovedale" - Graeme Wilkinson

  • Jul 22, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Amagugu esizwe

    " - Mbongeni Dlamini

  • Jul 21, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "How tragic that the Black Press which has survived the hardships of colonialism and apartheid has to die during a democracy. " - Pinky Khoabane

  • Jul 20, 2020 - USD $ 30.00
  • "Black lives matter - and so does Black history and culture" - Walton

  • Jul 19, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Lovedale Press must not die" - Mzu Bushet

  • Jul 18, 2020 - USD $ 59.99
  • "Thanks for your efforts at keeping Lovedale Press alive!" - Peter Cole

  • Jul 18, 2020 - USD $ 30.00
  • "Keep going! It’s important you stay open." - Margaret Place

  • Jul 18, 2020 - R 10 500.00
  • "Long live Lovedale." - Maneo Mohale

  • Jul 17, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    Makwande!

    " - Kwanele Mgolozeli

  • Jul 17, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Lovedale Press is one of the key cultural institutions of modern South Africa.

    " - Isabel Hofrmeyr

  • Jul 16, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Hope you get there" - Reka Borole

  • Jul 16, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Such a critical site of knowledge production, made in harsh conditions and vital to sustain. Strength to Lovedale Press. " - Fiona Ross

  • Jul 15, 2020 - USD $ 59.64
  • "Lovedale Press is one of South Africa's great cultural treasures." - Liz Thornberry

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 17.72
  • "Lovedale Press is a historic treasure, and the comrades mentioned should never be forgotten. Many 'official' languages are still treated as inferior in this country." - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "<3" - Pola

  • Jun 27, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Our responsibility, perhaps, is to sit with the fact that “post-apartheid era” is sadly a borrowed site where blacks live in freedom but only as tenants, and that is the basis of our collective vulner" - Mduduzi

  • Jun 23, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "<3" - Anon

  • Jun 22, 2020 - USD $ 460.00
  • "Wishing you all the best in your work to keep Lovedale Press open." - Ntokozo Kunene

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 157.50
  • "Niqhube niye phambili." - Mandisa

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you for your work, Lovedale and Victory. " - Thenjiwe Nkosi

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Lovedale is an important part of our history!" - Matthew Blackman

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Lovedale must continue" - Chad Rossouw

  • Jun 21, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "thank you for your efforts. " - anon.

  • Jun 17, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "I would like to see Lovedale Press preserved and appreciated as an important part of South African literary history and tradition. " - Nkhensani Manabe

  • Jun 17, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    This is an invitation for us to keep weaving our word into an essential tapestry and history of storytelling amongst Africans. Thank you for the opportunity.xBuhle

    " - Buhle Ngaba

  • Jun 16, 2020 - USD $ 58.24
  • "press on " - Anonymous

  • Jun 14, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "Lovedale Press cannot be forgotten " - Cayleigh

  • Jun 14, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Good luck! " - Thenji Stemela

  • Jun 13, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Hope" - Anon

  • Jun 11, 2020 - USD $ 30.19
  • "I hope this helps you to continue this work." - Rivanee Pillay

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Hope this helps" - Anon

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Employee-owned enterprise must be supported!" - Ian

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Stronger together " - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Let's save this important establishment!" - Anita Nyembezi

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Cheers to many more " - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2020 - USD $ 20.92
  • "Books are life!" - Danielle

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Good luck with this important work" - Tara W

  • Jun 10, 2020 - USD $ 25.35
  • "Nakanjani" - Lithemba Velleman

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep the press rolling" - Janine S

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "For my mom and grandparents who read, were educated and taught from material published at the Lovedale Press. Thank you for your efforts in preserving this important piece of heritage." - Thami Mbekwa

  • Jun 09, 2020 - USD $ 250.00
  • "xx " - Lindiwe Suttle

  • Jun 06, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "For the love of the written word, these incredible three and the Eastern Cape. Well done Lesoko and Athi" - Tshepo

  • Jun 06, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you!" - SophieP

  • Jun 06, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Black stories need to be told by Us so tge narrative can change " - Joy.P

  • Jun 04, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Books are nourishment for hungry souls" - Larry

  • Jun 02, 2020 - R 157.50
  • "#victoryoftheword" - Matt

  • Jun 02, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Love x" - Kat

  • Jun 01, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Love this project... " - Emilie and Branko

  • Jun 01, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "words are power" - zanele kumalo

  • May 26, 2020 - USD $ 11.32
  • "Thank you for the work " - Tammy

  • May 26, 2020 - R 367.50
  • "For the love of the printed word, the joy of language" - Gary Cotterell

  • May 26, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    A big thank you for keeping this national heritage alive.

    " - Sanelisiwe

  • May 25, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "This is a very important cause - thank you for your leadership Athi and Lesoko xoxo " - Karabo Morule

  • May 25, 2020 - R 157.50
  • "Thank you very much for this. It’s very important. " - Ayanda Njanya

  • May 25, 2020 - USD $ 56.65
  • "Goodluck" - Billy

  • May 25, 2020 - USD $ 28.33
  • "Grateful for the preservation and archiving of South African print history " - G

  • May 25, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "on behalf of the young ones, we are learning from you! thank you!" - Naledi

  • May 25, 2020 - USD $ 56.65
  • "This is fundamentally important to preserving, promoting, and pushing forward our rich cultural and aesthetic heritage." - B

  • May 25, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Love" - Love

  • May 25, 2020 - USD $ 28.33
  • "<3" - Storm

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 117 857.06

Fundraising target

R 300 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 34 000.00
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Our names are Athi-Patra Ruga and Lesoko Seabe we are co-founders of the Victory of the Word fundraiser campaign to help save the Lovedale Press.