I think it's a wonderful opportunity for the girls in South Africa. I am so glad that we have a citizen here in the US who can afford to build such a facility (campus, really) to educate and therefore empower these future women.
On a morning radio show this AM, they had a call-in about this same subject. The topic was about Oprah's remarks she made about WHY she didn't do a project like this in the inner city of Chicago. Apparently, when asked why she didn't do this in Chicago or anycity, USA, she said when she visits the inner city schools and asks the kids what they want, they answer sneakers or iPods, or other materialistic things. That bothers her so much that she decided to do this in Africa, where the requests are uniforms or books.
Food for thought.
My take on why the kids ask for such different things is because that's what the kids know! The kids in South Africa are unlikely to have even heard of iPods, much less covet one. Different story here in the USA.
Still though, great project, great need.