JCP students learn compassion and kindness through mask projects!

Posted on August 26, 2020

The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology students continue to contribute face masks towards the fight against covid-19.

A group of Civil Engineering students (Paul Hume, Sebastia Casa-Galego and Kyle Hmabridge) individually made 50 masks and delivered them to a Non-Profit Organisation and surrounding schools in their neighbourhoods.

  • Paul Hume donated his masks to Guduza Secondary School through the Rotary Club of White River.
  • Kule Hambridge donated his masks to Middelburg Care Village, and
  • Sebastian Casa-Galego masks will be distributed throughout Johannesburg through Community Angels SA.

Many JCP students learned how to adapt to lifestyle changes during Covid-19 pandemic and were able to contribute to combating the spread of the virus. These group members are also in different parts of the country and had to pull their efforts together to produce a final product that they were proud of.  

The students are all grateful for the opportunity to participate in community services in a way that allows them to use the skills they have learnt in their respective degree programmes.

 “We are all aspiring civil engineers and the definition of civil is “relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns, as distinct from military or ecclesiastical matters, so it is good for us to have some experience in helping ordinary citizens before we are awarded our degrees.”

Some Community-Based Module (JCP) students, such as Kgomotso Motau, did individual projects. Kgomotso is a second-year Quantity Surveying student who learned how to use a machine and made masks. She is proud that the first practical skill she has ever learned is being used to make a difference at Thushanang Primary School in Middleburg.

In her concluding remark Khomotso said that, “Everyone at this school was very kind and made me feel welcomed. Even though I had to wait until after classes, this experience taught me that life is all about making sacrifices and being patient to get the results you desire. I am the happiest girl today, as I feel that I have done a contribution to a community that needed it most. The words of gratitude I received inspired me to want to do more than a JCP project. I am motivated to continue serving the community. The smiles on the children’s faces made me realize that it is the thought that counts. Helping people does not mean you have to be a millionaire. All you need to do is to show a little kindness and it surely will go a long way.”

 

- Author Emly Nofemela
Published by Dudu Mathe

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