Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 12
Giant Leap English Medium Centre exists because Vincent Baloyi, a North West pastor, believes in the power of opportunity. “All of us are able, but not all of us have the opportunity to succeed,” he will tell you when asked. As a resident of Kagisanong View, he is well-acquainted with lack of opportunity.
The area, situated in Kgabalatsane Village, has not had electricity or proper sanitation since its establishment in the early 2000’s. People here don’t have work, morale is low, and instead of uplifting their children, parents often let them wander about idly.
In 2017, Vincent – a young local pastor – took a look around Kagisanong View and breathed out that surely it could be better than this.
With the help of a few other community members, Giant Leap English Medium Centre was established in November of that year. Initially, their aims were to keep the centre free so that they could reach as many children as possible, and to run a weekly soup kitchen as well.
After a few months, it became clear that they would have to begin asking for funds from parents, which they still do, although many parents struggle to pay. The soup kitchen has been put on hold as the team struggles to keep the centre running.
Another big aim from the beginning was to focus on English literacy. The village is overwhelmingly Tswana-speaking, and if not taught it at crèche, children will often enrol in the first grade without knowing any English.
The centre’s three caretakers work hard to keep their 12 students well-fed, stimulated, and on the road to proper education.
Because of the strict rules regarding allocation of grants from the Department of Social Development, the centre does not qualify for funding from the government. In order to qualify, their premises – a cluster of colourful shacks next to the church – need serious renovation, which is currently a financial impossibility.
Photographer: Japie Thato Pelle from JT Productions | Voice Artist: Sisipho Mbopa | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education