Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 46
Losasaneng Village in North West province is small, rural and poor. Those three adjectives don’t conjure up images of hope, and yet you’ll find hope aplenty, in one corner of it at least.
That corner is Atlarelang Thuto Early Learning Centre, the weekday home to not only the village’s children, but also children from the neighbouring villages. The centre was established in 2009 by Marcia Mokwena, who did so because so many Losasaneng children weren’t being properly cared for during the daytime.
Children need love, care and support; Marcia knows this. She also knew that too many of her village’s children weren’t getting those things.
She started by gathering Losasaneng’s babies together at her home, which later became too small. These days, she and her team gather their little students together in the house of a deceased Losasaneng resident whose relatives kindly allow Marcia to use it for free.
Here, 46 children get fed, loved, and encouraged by their loving teachers – some of whom are simply volunteers doing it as a labour of love. It is incredibly important to Marcia that the kids get adequately prepared for school because she loves her community fiercely and knows that educating its children is the way forward.
Financially, things are tough. The only regular income the centre receives is R100 to R150 monthly fees from parents, many of whom can’t pay every month. The building they are in has no electricity or running water, the latter being very important when raising a group of young children.
Photographer: Ofentse Diphatse from FutureNikka Shot It | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Babies, Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education