Les-Leeco teaching rope-skipping to the other learners at the Pebbles Project After-School Club. (Photo Credit: Anna Lusty)

Les-Leeco Koopman is a hopeful young man whose dream is to give back by becoming a social worker for the Pebbles Project in the Cape Winelands.


Cape Winelands, South Africa (06 December 2022) – The Pebbles Project, a charity that supports children living on farms in the Cape Winelands, has a shining star and they are hoping to raise funds to get him the education he deserves. Les-Leeco Koopman, an 18-year-old young man who lives on Delheim farm in the Cape Winelands, has attended the Pebbles Project After-School Club for 11 years.

The Pebbles Project was established in 2004 and provides support and intervention in the areas of education, health, nutrition, community services and social protection to around 1400 children in the farming communities of the Western Cape. Over the years the organisation has established and managed Early Childhood Development Centres and After-School Clubs on farms to enable children from farming communities to access quality educational programmes, health, nutrition, and social work services.

Currently, in matric, Les-Leeco has his heart set on furthering his studies and giving back to the organisation which has been instrumental in his growth, by becoming a social worker.

The goal is to have Les-Leeco work alongside the Social Work team at Pebbles Project as an Auxiliary Social Worker (Social Work Assistant) once he’s completed his 12-month course at Hugenote Kollege, a private Christian post-school training institution.

With his acceptance letter in hand to attend Hugenote Kollege in 2023, the only obstacle in the way of Les-Leeco’s dream of impacting the children on his farm, as well as children from neighbouring farming communities, is much-needed funding.

The Pebbles Project team believe that Les-Leeco has great potential and started a crowdfund on BackaBuddy, to help cover his tuition for the 12-month course.

“I really want to become a Social Worker, because I see the children on my farm who are struggling to deal with their problems and they don’t have people to talk to. I want to help them to stay motivated. I love Pebbles, I’ve seen how they have helped people on my farm to follow their dreams.” – says Les-Leeco

As Hugenote Kollege is a private institution, which does not offer bursaries and isn’t eligible for NSFAS (Government) funding, Les-Leeco will need to raise a total of R65 000, to cover his deposit, tuition fees, accommodation, and spending money, to begin his schooling.

Since the launch of the campaign, over R8000 has been raised. This pushes him one step closer to his dream of becoming a social worker. With the opportunity to get hands-on experience after his studies, his future looks bright!

“Les-Leeco is a wonderful child. There is just something about him. I can say with certainty that he will make an exceptional Auxiliary Social Worker, he would be a great asset to the Social Work team. I know that he will have an immense impact on his community and on other farming communities. He will inspire so many. Please support this wonderful child’s dream so that he can help uplift communities and inspire other children on his farm to follow in his footsteps.” – Mineke Toerien, Pebbles Project Social Worker

All donors who contribute towards Les-Leeco’s tuition fees are eligible to receive a Section 18A Tax Certificate, issued by the Pebbles Project.

“Les-Leeco has put in a lot of work to get good grades in order to get accepted at Hugenote Kollege. He’s really given his all to take the first step towards getting accepted to study. We kindly ask to please help him take the next step in pursuing his dream.” – says Liesl Ahlers, Pebbles Project Ambassador Mentor.

You can support Les-Leeco’s dream via BackaBuddy here and find out more about the Pebbles Project here.

Sources: BackaBuddy – Supplied
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