Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 37
Kuyabonelelwa Crèche owes its existence to the plight of a group of volunteer caregivers in Mvuyane, KwaZulu-Natal. The group of women made it their duty to go around their community to soothe, heal and clean the ill. They were following their calling and doing important work. They loved it, but there was just one problem…
Their hours were long and gruelling, and there was no daycare around that took care of children into the late afternoons.
For the caregivers who had Pre-School aged children, it was a constant struggle between taking care of the community and taking care of their babies.
In 2012, one of the women had an idea that changed everything. Why not, Sibongile Ndlovu thought, establish a group for our children and appoint someone to take care of them?
The result was Kuyabonelelwa Crèche. Soon enough, more mothers saw the usefulness of a full-day daycare, and Kuyabonelelwa’s numbers grew. Today, a team of six – which includes Sibongile herself – takes care of 37 of the area’s little ones.
Having all these years rented a small structure outside a local home to use as premises, the team is proud to report that they are currently building a bigger site not far from there. Just in time, Sibongile says, because the old place was growing worryingly small for the growing number of children.
The centre receives monthly support from the Department of Social Development, but even with small monthly contributions from parents, the team goes without many necessities. They hope to be able to furnish their new premises to make it a joyful learning environment for their students.
Photographer: Cebo Mthethwa from Msebo's Professional Studio | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach