Books for Africa Project

The Eshowe Community Action Group is a Non-Profit Organization, operating for 32 years in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The main objective is to provide classrooms for underprivileged children, many of whom have never seen the inside of a classroom, nor had the privilege of going to school.

In 1977, The Eshowe Community Action Group (ECAG), under the umbrella of The Rotary Club of Eshowe, inspired by farmers and businessmen, built the first 12 classrooms at King Zwelithini High School. The ECAG works closely with the Department of Education, Principals and Communities, forging a meaningful partnership that has made discernable contributions to the success of rural education.

The project area covers a radius of approximately 4000 square kilometers, incorporating uThukela River down South to Kosi Bay in the North.

The Eshowe Community Action Group does not offer handouts. The school have to provide a deposit of R4 000,00 per classroom and are put onto the waiting list.

The ECAG has to date built over 3000 classrooms, constructed 17 laboratories with gas and water reticulation, installed one thousand 5000litre plastic water tanks on bases, 1200 Ventilated Inlet Pipe long drop toilets, libraries and administration blocks. Over 100 new schools have been established, and 120 old schools extended.

The challenge continues. Sadly, though many children are not given the opportunity of going to school, as either their parents have no money, or there is just not a school in the vicinity.

This is where we can make the difference!!

For more information please contact our e-Club liaison Prof. Ged Williams.