Laptop finds a good home
Zinhle Kolle was overjoyed to receive one of the laptops donated to Gumboots as hers had been stolen earlier this year. Zinhle, is one of the girls supported by the Caitlin project, and is currently converting her diploma in Performing Arts Technology into a BA degree at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. The very sad thing was that with her laptop, she lost 90% of her thesis (2 years worth of work and some graphics that she won’t be able to collect again too).
She is extraordinarily talented as you can see from her artwork below, a piece which is 2 x 3 metres tall in mixed mediums (acrylic and oils). Her thesis is on “Large scale portrait murals in urban settings”. She has also started her own registered business doing portrait painting. Next year she says she wants to be able to earn enough so that she can send her 2 little sisters to a better school – the one they are at in Alex has 70 kids in the class and half the time there are no teachers at all! She is hoping for work in the entertainment industry (TV/theatre) – and has already had some work doing sets for the TV show Isidingo and at the State Theatre Pretoria.
Thank you to Gumboots Trustee John Lightfoot in South Africa and Yearning 4 Learning in the UK for collecting old laptops which can be distributed to students and are being used by the Kadey House kids in Alexandra township.