At the beginning of November Keko London sent two Kekoites to South Africa for 7 days with Mellon Educate to take part in their annual ‘building blitz’ and help build schools in one of the city’s poorest communities, Khayelitsha.
The days were long and physically demanding as they were helping to build the Kuyasa Primary School. In the space of a week their team built and furnished 5 class-rooms and a library, twelve toilets, a kitchen block and a bathroom unit (to name a few).
The collective effort of all the volunteers meant that every 1 hour of work executed by the full-team during the project, circa 289 people, was equal to 7 weeks of work for an individual builder. You can imagine the extraordinary result.
To give you a better idea, the charity has since 2002 built houses for 125,000 homeless people, as well as 10 new schools and renovated many more, giving over 10,000 young children a chance to succeed.
Mellon Educate are determined to make a difference and help shape the lives and minds of these children. The well-known statement by Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” comes to mind when thinking about the charity’s mission in South Africa.
Below are the testimonials from our two ‘kekoites’ who were the lucky ones picked from an office sweepstake to go on the trip this year with the help of Keko London.
“It was an incredible privilege to take part in the Mellon Educate blitz week. The passion of Niall and the team at Mellon, especially the teachers, is truly infectious.” – Kirstie Dallas, Junior Creative at Keko London
“I was really surprised by how much can physically be achieved in a week, and without doubt it comes down to determination and energy of the Mellon staff and volunteers. But more than that, it was a privilege to see at first-hand how much this work directly improves the conditions for the students of Kuyasa.” – Emma Saville, Account Manager at Keko London
To see some images from the trip, take a look at our Instagram channel @kekolondon.
To learn more about the Mellon Education ‘building blitz’ project please visit: https://www.melloneducate.com