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Military Academy Postgraduate students visit to the Paternoster Project
Author: CO Louis Du Toit
Published: 22/01/2021


The Paternoster Project NPC is a non-profit organization founded in 2016. Its premises are located at the heart of Paternoster, where the volunteers are at home during their stay in this fishing village on the West Coast of South Africa.

The foundation is tasked with showing children in underprivileged regions, such as Paternoster, how to rise above their social and economic circumstances and live fulfilling lives. The aim of the NPC is to provide the children with a sound foundation for development, which will enable them to live and work successfully and sustainably in Paternoster – or wherever else they choose. The key to their success will be a solid, broad-based education, while considering and respecting the local heritage.

In line with the aim of the Paternoster Project the postgraduates from the Military Academy went for a social development visit to the school on the 2nd of October 2020, with the goal to encourage learning.

The basic structure of the day entailed three stations, each with their own focus. One was for arts and crafts where the kids sang and danced, the other station was for board and card games with an educational twist, and the final station was for sports like soccer and netball. We spent the day rotating through the stations with all the kids and having a lot of fun while doing it.

After the activities we all sat down for lunch and got to speak to the kids in a bit more relaxed setting, building more personal relations, after which we said our goodbyes.

As the Military Academy Postgraduate Students group we really enjoyed our visit to the Paternoster Project.

The easiest way to be happy is by helping others.