Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 150
Inkazimulo Day Care Centre had its humble beginnings in the RDP house of co-founder Duduzile Kuhlase’s daughter. The farm workers of Davel, Mpumalanga, could not afford to transport their pre-school aged children to the nearest day-care centres, the closest of which was 3 kilometres away. In an area where rape and child abuse occur regularly, Duduzile and her sister Narta began taking in young children in 2010, in order to keep them fed, stimulated, and safe.
By 2011, their beneficiaries had grown substantially, and they made a move from the tiny RDP house and into the local Church Hall, which they rent to this day.
The 150 children in their care – ranging from infants to five-year-olds – are supplied with three nutritious meals (and snacks) daily. What makes Inkazimulo remarkable though, is their commitment to not only keeping the children fed, but providing them with the emotional nourishment which Duduzile and her team understand will play an enormous part in their healthy development.
Inkazimulo also aims to reduce poverty and unemployment in the area by creating jobs for those who want to help and learn. They have grown from being a team of two to a burgeoning team of six. Duduzile’s dream is for them all to be able to further their studies and become experts in Early Childhood Development.
She aims to leave behind a haven where children and staff are flourishing through education and empowerment; a place that betters the community by taking care of its most vulnerable.
While some parents can afford to pay a small monthly fee, others cannot, so the centre makes do with what can be scraped together.
Photographer: Sabelo Malaza from TheArtPioneers | Voice Artist: Esona Mangcaka | Writer: Ané Breytenbach