Mount Pleasant Primary School is 20 miles from Pietermaritzburg in the informal settlement of Hopewell, catering for 950 learners from a poor socio-economic community.  Most parents are unemployed and many learners are reliant on the school’s nutrition program as for many this may be the only meal for the day.  Learners often live in child headed families or with foster parents who are reliant on State grants.  Only 5 classrooms have electricity and some learners are in prefab buildings some of which have no doors or windows and floods are common.  Learners try very hard and also participate eagerly in soccer, netball and cross country.  However resources are very limited.