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For the longest time, the section of Matsulu – a township not far from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga – that Nonhlanhla Khoza calls home, had no daycare. No crèche. No place for children.
So, parents would go to work during the day – because they have to; because their families need to eat – and leave their babies with neighbours or anyone willing to keep an eye on them. Most of the time this isn’t a great idea. Toddlers would be wandering around the busy streets barely looked after because their caretakers had no real interest in them.
But you know who has a real interest in taking care of kids? Nonhlanhla. You’ll hear it in her voice the minute you start talking to her about them.
She established Kidy Land Day Care in 2017 and since then there has been a haven for Matsulu’s little ones. In their two rooms in the local churchyard, a routine has been formed. Every weekday morning, lots of eager little humans aged anywhere from a few months to 4 years old arrive, expecting to be loved and taught by their caretakers.
In these little rooms, which don’t have nearly as much furniture, stationery and learning equipment they need, there is a cure to the chaos of township life.
Kidy Land’s only income is from monthly fees from parents, which is tricky because most months there are lots of parents who simply can’t afford to pay.
Photographer: Peter-Hugh Burrell from Hughsten Photograph | Voice Artist: Babusisiwe Mkhosi | Writer: Ané Breytenbach