Con Amore is a school for learners with severe intellectual disabilities and specific learning requirements in Kempton Park.
We have 347 learners ranging from 6 to 20 years in our school. These learners are from all over the East Rand in our feeder area namely Kempton Park, Modderfontein, Edenvale, Rabie Ridge, Germiston and parts of Boksburg and Benoni. Special schools like ours are few and far between thus we are obliged to serve such a large feeder area. Our furthest route in Germiston is 85 km in the morning and another 85 km in the afternoon.
Please feel free to arrange a visit to our school to ascertain yourselves of the lovely work our children are capable of. Should you need any further information please contact us.
We have to do a lot of fundraising to raise this shortfall. We need to involve the teachers with our fundraising projects which is not always fair as they are employed for educating.At present we have numerous learners who make use of the transport, but those who cannot afford the transport have reverted to drastic measures of taking their children out of the school. These learners come from impoverished circumstances at home and very often we help them with food and clothing supplies where we possibly can.
We also strive to give our learners a midday meal as part of their learning program, and for many this is the only nutritious meal they receive in the day.Our children are severely intellectually disabled thus cannot make use of public transport. We are obliged to provide a bus service. We currently have 14 buses serving our children. Only a portion of the subsidy we receive from the Gauteng Department of Education may be used for transport, the remaining should be for educational purposes. Many of our learners come from impoverished homes and cannot make any contribution towards bus and school fees.
Many of our learners are from previously disadvantaged communities and impoverished homes and are therefore unable to pay school fees. We are a registered NPO (see letterhead) and have Section 18A status thus donations to our organization will be tax deductible in the hands of the donors.