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Soshanguve Paint Drive 2015

Emmanuel School of Hope is starting to take shape… and we added a big splash of colour!

During the third week of September we started the preparations to paint and improve the Emmanuel School of Hope in Soshanguve. We painted the white containers green and mounted nine blackboards (which were painted white) against the walls to use as our canvasses. We built a “wall” of secondhand pallets at the back of the school, where we wanted to plant some creepers to keep the classrooms nice and cool during summer.

Our team of artists went to the school to draw the chosen pictures on the blackboards, and to have everything ready for the big day of painting. We decided on 8 different themes for the boards: Jungle / Wild Life; Birds; Farm Animals; Gone Fishing; Happy Bugs; Forest Friends; Baking; and ABC / 123.

On Friday, 18 September 2015 a group of fifty Us4You volunteers made our way to Soshanguve. Kitted with paint brushes, party packs and sunscreen we were ready to paint the town red!

While half of the group were busy painting, the other half of volunteers planted trees, flowering creepers and put up the sign at the back of the school, facing the main road. Just in time for lunch, the kids’ tables, chairs and party packs were set up.

The kids loved all the colourful pictures on the walls! They sang a few songs before lunch and even gave us the cutest handmade card to say thank you! So special.

Thanks to everyone involved for another successful and fun project. We can’t wait to get our hands dirty with our next project!

We created an album on our Facebook Page with more photos. Check it out here.