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Lesedi Project

The Ethembeni Scholarship Fund

In the heart of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, nestled in the magical valley of a thousand hills, lies Ethembeni school. Situated on the legendary Comrades route, the school is home to some 300 disabled and disadvantaged children. Ethembeni means “place of hope” and that is exactly what it has become for the physically and visually disabled children who both live and study there.

Ethembeni plays a special role in South Africa’s premier running event the Comrades marathon. Each year, children from the school create beadwork necklaces, which are sold at the marathon expo. Many of the runners wear these necklaces during the race as a sign of support for the school.

The school only receives partial funding from the state and relies more and more on private benefactors and the extended community for support.

The intention of the scholarship fund is to provide money for the education of the children of Ethembeni. Each year, Balega International will donate a percentage of the gross revenue generated from the sale of its products in Fleet Feet Sports stores to the scholarship fund. It is their hope, that as our business grows, the annual contributions to the fund will increase and that more and more children will benefit.

To learn more about the Lesedi Project, please go HERE>

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