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To have a conversation with Naome Rakitla is to understand that age is in no way exclusively correlated to passion and drive.
When Naome was 55 years old, she was sewing bags out of old maize meal sacks and selling them for a living. On the weekends, she taught Sunday school to her church’s young ones. She had an acceptable life; she wasn’t unhappy. But her community of Daveyton, Gauteng, was.
One day a friend of hers sent an acquaintance to her home with a little girl of 7 in hand. She was working long hours, the woman explained, and her daughter (who had just started primary school) had no-one to take care of her in the afternoons and into the night when her mother returned home from work. Could Naome not take care of her daughter in those hours? the woman pleaded.
Naome could, or rather, there was no way she couldn’t. She adores children. Their pain is her pain.
So, in 2015, she established Boikanyo Day Care for that little girl and all the others like her. Her biggest driving force? To be a warm, safe place for the Daveyton children whose parents work gruelling hours. Today, Naome opens her own home 7 days a week from 5 am to 8 pm to whatever child needs care in those awkward hours before sunrise and after sunset.
Her biggest challenge at present is to find a suitable place for the team to move to. While her home has served them well for the past 4 years, a few factors are making it less and less viable as a premise.
Photographer: Admire Chivara from Kebak Productions | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Babies, Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education