The boutique Leeu House hotel is up and running, and the launch of this five-star Franschhoek hostelry is complemented with a feel-good announcement, in tune with the season.
Nearly a decade ago the Kusasa Project took off in the Franschhoek valley, a charitable programme designed to help underprivileged schoolchildren with academic, sporting and life skills development. See www.thekusasaproject.org. They have been running daily, weekly and annual activities with volunteers and more recently acquired their own school, which offers an excellent standard of education to beginners: Foundation Phase children are benefitting from this, while older scholars have access to a bursary scholarship which supports 50 children with higher education.
Last week the project received a massive boost thanks to a very generous donation from Analjit Singh, chairman of the Leeu Collection, who has invested heavily in Franschhoek and elsewhere in the Cape winelands. Thanks to this gesture, Doug Gurr, Co-Founder & Trustee of The Kusasa Project has announced that the Early Learning Centre will be able to enrol children from grade 1 to grade 3 and the number of scholars can expand from 98 to 120.
BAS, as Mr Singh is known, regards education as an investment which contributes to global prosperity and he was inspired by the work being done by Kusasa.
As hungry children cannot be easily taught, he has also committed to make good any shortfall in the costs of the Isabelo feeding scheme which provides a meal to 1 300 needy children in Franschhoek valley every day. This worthy initiative is the brainchild of Margot Janse, executive chef at Le Quartier Francais, and has been operating since 2009. Le Quartier is one of the properties acquired by Mr Singh this year.
Caption to photo: Analjit Singh, Margot Janse and Doug Gurr.