In April 2004, Tom Campbell, a sports teacher and professional rugby coach, and Canon Bill Weaver, a retired Provost, visited schools in the Eastern Cape serving some of South Africa's poorest and most deprived communities.
What they saw both shocked them and moved them to action:
The schools lacked basic educatonal resources
Class sizes were enormous, often well over sixty
School buildings were in a poor state of repair
In spite of everything the children were eager to learn and the teachers desperate to teach.
Bill returned to the UK and raised £600. This was used to purchase essential educational supplies to be distributed amongst the schools.
And so was born the South African Schools' Project, which in October 2010 became an officially registered charity.