Hydroponics specialist HydroGarden Wholesale Supplies is celebrating its 20th trading year by sponsoring Zuuranys Primêr, a primary school in South Africa.
The initiative began when HydroGarden employee Daniel van Straaten approached the board of directors on behalf of the school, where his mother is the principal. The school – which is located on a farm – offers free education to 54 children from age five to 13, and has three full-time teachers and one volunteer. It has no electricity or water, and little in the way of furniture and educational resources.
Speaking of the work of the school, principal Anna van Straaten said: “The majority of parents of the pupils are farm labourers. They are very poor and cannot offer their kids a lot. We try to offer them as much as possible.
“None of the parents have transport. In South Africa public transport is not like it is in Europe, it does not even exist. The school also supplies the children with sportswear and tracksuits.”
HydroGarden director Jonathan Aldridge, said: “It’s always particularly fitting for us to support charitable projects that are linked to our staff members. We are keen establish on ongoing relationship with Zuuranys Primêr so that we can make a real difference to the quality of the resources the school.”