Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 102
Aluwani Place of Care in Shayandima, a Limpopo settlement, does exactly what it says on the tin: it provides care. It isn’t just a crèche. It isn’t just an aftercare. It isn’t just a boarding house for the area’s orphans. It is all those things, yes, but more than that, it is a place of absolutely genuine care.
“Aluwani” means ‘to grow up’ in Venda, and their name is tinged with sadness in the knowledge that founder and principal Quirine Ntombizandile’s son died aged 24 in an accident. He had just about grown up, but will never grow old, and will remain infinitely her baby. When he passed away in 1990, he left behind a son and a daughter, and it is with them that the organization’s story truly begins.
In her home, Quirine began to care for her two grandchildren, along with a handful of other children in the area. Poverty and illness threaded through the community then as they do now, and a haven of sorts was needed. That was in 1995, and what started small has certainly not stayed that way.
Brick by brick, Quirine built classrooms on her (thankfully) large premises, and these days her yard is a bubble of hope and safety to 102 children. She and her six staff members run three different programs: a crèche in the morning, an aftercare in the afternoon, and a boarding place for children who have recently been orphaned and are awaiting more permanent living situations.
They feed, they wipe tears, they bathe. They help with everything from math problems to family problems. They love children, and they provide a space for them to grow up with care.
Quirine’s has enough space for Aluwani to be able to extend its perimeters, but the income it receives from school fees is barely enough to pay its staff livable salaries, never mind enable the team to dream big. Quirine believes that if they were able to extend, the influx of students would enable Aluwani to pay its staff what they deserve.
Photographer: Anza Negota at Topnotch Events Pictures | Voice Artist: Esona Mangcaka | Writer: Anè Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, Education, Hunger Relief, Literacy, Vulnerable Children