School parent Karin Kanewske Turner has recently stepped into the role of Chairperson of CHELO. Karin directs a non-profit public health project in South Africa and across the globe. Having worked for over 20 years in international health and social welfare programs, Karin has a passion for uplifting individuals and serving communities. Her son Chet is in the MYP programme. We caught up with Karin to find out more about her vision for CHELO going forward:
Tell us a little about what CHELO stands for and does?
CHELO stands for Children of Hout Bay Education and Learning Opportunity. Established in 2007, this bursary programme facilitates the inclusion of students from previously disadvantaged communities of Hout Bay into HBIS. There are currently 11 students, from PYP1 through to IGCSE1, enrolled at the school, who are supported by the CHELO programme. While the school itself donates over R1 million per year to cover these 11 bursaries, CHELO offers the students the crucial mentorship, educational equipment, extra-murals, stationery, school uniforms, homework support and workshops they need.
How are funds raised for CHELO?
Most of the funds for this programme are raised by private sponsors or donors. We also plan bi-annual events such as Summertime School Picnics and our highly anticipated fundraiser to be held on Friday, December 6th 2019 – The CHELO XMAS CAROLS, where we hope the entire Hout Bay community will descend on our school for a beautiful evening of unity and community.