Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 24
Losasaneng Village in North West province has a slew of issues characteristic of most South African rural villages: poor service delivery, unemployment, poverty, and alcohol abuse. It has other things too – peaceful views, an amazing night sky – but these get trampled over by their darker counterparts.
For Kebogile Mokgadi and Seipati Salobeng, the most unbearable of all of their village’s problems is the fact that there is not sufficient care for children below the age of five.
These children are half-children, really, needing to take care of themselves from a very young age as their parents travel far from the village for work. Until 2008, young babies crawling in the dirt without a mother in sight and toddlers having to fend for themselves were becoming steadily commonplace.
Not because parents didn’t care, but because there was no alternative.
So, the two women founded an alternative and named it Kenalemang Early Learning Centre. Before it was a centre in the true sense of the word, it was merely a gathering of young children in Kebogile’s yard. But things have changed since 2008. These days, Kebogile is joined by a team of five who pride themselves on developing 24 of Losasaneng youngest residents.
The centre’s needs are humble: they would like basic things like running water on the premises (or a JoJo tank), a fence around the building, learning charts, and educational games. It’s not easy, trying to wring funding out of their poverty-stricken community, but they do their best because they know what’s at stake.
One successful child, Kebogile will tell you, is enough to keep them going.
Parents pay a monthly fee of R50 when they can afford it, and other than that the Centre receives no funding.
Photographer: Bojosi Peter Petrus from Oneness Bojosi Peter Photography | Voice Artist: Sisipho Mbopa | Writer: Anè Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Babies, Children and Youth, ECD, Education, Literacy