Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 165
The social issues of Mpophomeni Township in Pietermaritzburg are nothing new. It is like a song that you’ve heard way too many times, and now the initial excitement has dwindled to border-line irritation. This specific song follows the tune of unemployment that leads to poverty which leads to alcoholism, substance abuse and the spread of HIV/Aids.
The song doesn’t end there though. Next are the children who are abused, neglected and left to wander the streets. Vulnerable and without proper guidance these children fall prey to issues such as teenage pregnancy, HIV infections and unwanted parenthood… and then the song starts all over again.
Someone who hasn’t become tired of this song is Busisiwe Ndlela. In fact, the more she hears the song, the more she wants to help. She founded Ilonathemba Day Care and Pre-School in 2005 and looks after 165 children, keeping them safe, fed and loved.
At the Pre-School they go further than the regular curriculum by also teaching them life skills and promoting a sense of self-importance. The day care centre provides the children with homework support as well as nutritional support and is open till 18h30 every weekday – even during the holidays.
Busisiwe’s dream is to help more of the children in her community, even going so far as to open a facility where orphaned and abandoned babies can live, but this dream is currently way out of reach.
Though they do receive sporadic support from the Department of Social Development as well as the parents who can afford to pay, their expenses exceed their income, putting a hold on their dream and that of the children who remain in need.
Photographer: Sboniso Ngubane from Super Best Studio Productions | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Eugene du Plessis
Type of Cause:ECD, Education, Literacy