Our contribution to SAME Foundation initiatives in 2023

by | Mar 11, 2024 | CSI

The SA Medical & Education (SAME) Foundation is a South African non-governmental organisation committed to supporting the development of communities across South Africa. Over the past 20 years, it has positively influenced the lives of millions of local residents through more than 150 projects, and we are honoured to have supported many of them at SegenSolar. 

Sharing the SAME Foundation’s vision for a future without poverty, our teams have played a key role in making its goals possible in the last year — partnering to improve access to educational facilities in communities lacking short to medium-term government budgets for improvements. 

In fact, we proudly supported three initiatives led by the SAME Foundation in 2023…   

1. Forte Secondary School computer centre facility renovations 

Located in Dobsonville, Soweto, Forte Secondary School serves an economically disadvantaged community. Despite facing challenges like limited infrastructure and resources, it consistently ranks among the top-performing township schools in Gauteng.  

Forte aims to offer Computer Applications Technology (CAT) to all its students — recognising the correlation between a lack of computer literacy and poverty. To help the school fulfil this aim, address its need for improved facilities and expand access to high-quality education, we sponsored the renovation of Forte’s computer centre in collaboration with other corporate partners. 

2. Kelokitso Comprehensive School science lab furnishing  

The students at Kelokitso Comprehensive School — situated in the west of Meadowlands, Soweto — are clearly committed to academic excellence, with the school achieving a 100% pass rate in CAT. However, Kelokitso serves an economically challenged community and faces resource limitations.  

Inspired and motivated by Kelokitso’s dedication to quality education, we joined forces with other corporate contributors to sponsor the furnishing of its science lab and address infrastructure challenges getting in the way of students’ academic potential. With new and improved facilities, the refurnished lab will help learners excel. 

3. Solar lamp donations 

Many schools in South Africa still lack access to reliable electricity, meaning their lessons are interrupted on the daily — especially when load shedding strikes. To prevent supply issues from disrupting students’ education, we donated solar lamps to the following schools. 

  • Crystal High School (Cape Town) 
  • Letsibogo Girls School (Johannesburg) 
  • Xolani Primary School (Cape Town) 
  • Kelokitso Comprehensive School (Johannesburg) 

This donation aims to empower learners to power through electricity-related challenges, with solar lamps enabling students to continue their studies, complete their homework and keep on making good educational progress no matter the situation with the national grid.   

SegenSolar remains committed to making a positive impact on underserved communities in collaboration with the SAME Foundation, and we look forward to supporting the organisation with many more projects in the future.