Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 60
When Mapula Malatji was growing up in Molati Pharare Village in Limpopo, she learnt some hard lessons. Foremost of these was this: that schoolchildren need guidance and care if they are to succeed in their education, especially in a place as rural as Molati Pharare.
The village isn’t big but has its share of orphaned, vulnerable, and neglected children. This neglect isn’t always malicious, necessarily, but often just the result of parents who work long hours in faraway places. Children are often left to fend for themselves, which leads to education falling to the wayside.
In 2005, when Mapula was 40 years old, she established Bolokegang Community Project from her yard. The point? To create a space for the village’s children to feel loved and cared for; for them to have someplace to guide them through their schoolwork and eat regular meals.
That’s exactly what Mapula and her team have continued to do to this day, although these days they’re in a proper building on a site given to them by the village’s headman.
Every weekday, this is the space where 60 of the village’s children gather for food, games, homework, and guidance. Mapula and 4 other volunteers meet them here to do all those things, but to, above all, remind them that they are worthy of love and care and that there are adults looking out for them. The project receives no regular funding and the team has gone completely unpaid since its conception.
All food given to the children that visit the centre is donated by stores in the area.
Photographer: Mosa Mailula from Abelife Designs & Productions Pty. Ltd | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Development, ECD, Education, Literacy
Molati Pharare Village