Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R4,950.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 1 | Amount of People in Need: 54
For most of us, 60 is an age to look forward to because it will bring a release from years of hard work. In most of our dreams, 60 will be to finally be able to relax and do what we want to do. 60 will be to be able to nap when we want to and never over-exert ourselves.
For Elizabeth Mudau, 60 was when she retired from her job as administrator, yes, but also when she began her life’s true work: the work of taking care of her village’s vulnerable children.
Most of the children in Hamutsha Village, Limpopo, have parents who work long hours on farms, meaning that when they get home from school, there is rarely capable adult supervision. For a long time, schoolchildren would run around the streets or stay with their grandparents in the afternoons, leaving homework and healthy development by the wayside.
Until 2014, when Elizabeth started gathering them together in the afternoons and changed everything.
The centre as you see it today was built with Elizabeth’s pension money, and is filled every weekday afternoon with 54 of the village’s children aged 8 to 13. Here, they arrive to a lovingly-prepared lunch, after which they will be guided through their homework by Elizabeth and her team and be given time to play after that.
For those who live more than walking distance away, Elizabeth takes them right to their homes in her van at around 5 o’clock in the afternoons when the group disperses and everyone makes their way home.
R200 p/m for most of the children is the centre’s only income. With this, Elizabeth needs to cover food, electricity, and salaries – the latter being something which is often sacrificed in order to afford enough nutritious food. Most months, Elizabeth herself makes no income from the centre.
Photographer: Steven Maluks from Go Cloud Way Photograph | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Community, Development, Education, Literacy