In 2019 we announced a new ministry partnership between the 25 Project and Teresita and Quintin Ndibongo and the Intlantsi Christian School in Fort White, South Africa! Fort White is in the Debe Nek area of the Eastern Cape.
As mutual friends of the Ndibongos and the staff of the 25 Project, Lawrence and Louise Cronin first made our introduction to this amazing couple. The Ndibongos had a dream of starting a school in this impoverished area. In a step of complete faith, Teresita and Quintin trusted God’s leading. In January 2019, they launched the inaugural class of the Intlantsi Christian School.
It has often been said, “Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.” While this is true, we know that a relationship with Jesus is the most life-altering relationship any person can ever have. With this in mind, the students who attend Intlantsi school now, and in the years to come, will not only receive a quality education, but will also hear the Gospel and what Jesus has done for them.
According to the World Bank, South Africa is classified as an upper-middle-income economy, and a newly industrialized country. Its economy is the second-largest in Africa, and the 34th-largest in the world. In terms of purchasing power, South Africa has the seventh-highest per capita income in Africa. However, poverty and inequality remain widespread, with about a quarter of the population unemployed and living on less than US $1.25 a day.
Most children grow up attending no-fee schools, where they are often provided with their only meal for the day. Besides the financial scarcity, poverty of the spirit is widely seen. In the villages there exists a hopelessness so heavy you can feel it. Many young people are not in school. Those who are face countless challenges and don’t do well. Even those who are able to make the grade are often not able to pursue tertiary education because of their financial state.
Rural people migrate to the cities hoping to escape the poverty experienced in villages. Having left their children behind in the care of the elderly, migrants search for jobs.
Unfortunately, a lack of skills limits their opportunities to manual or domestic labor. Low paying jobs further limit housing options, forcing the rural migrant into informal settlements. Their meager salaries are barely enough to sustain themselves. Some manage to send funds back home but the amount is inadequate for the care and education of their children.