Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 104
For 15 years, Evelyn Dubazana was a caretaker of children. You could say that it’s the thing she’s best at – giving care. But here’s the thing: Alexandra, the Gauteng township she calls home, needed her to do more, and she knew it. Though the children she was taking care of at the psychotherapy centre she worked at for all those years needed her, there were thousands of Alexandra children and their families that needed her to devote their attention to them.
So, in 2014, at 49, she quit her comfortable job and started Lesedi ECD Centre from her home.
Why? Because Alexandra needs upliftment. Its children need a foundation (which doesn’t come as a given) and its parents (and more often, grandparents) need the extra help. Basically, it takes a township to raise a child, and Evelyn wanted to help in a big way.
She started with 14 children in January of that first year; by February that number had doubled. Five years later she and a team of six take care of and uplift 104 Alexandra children under 6. Evelyn has since moved out of her home and turned it into a centre for the kids. She now rents a small structure not far from there, because, she’ll tell you matter-of-factly, her kids need the house more than she does.
The Lesedi team rely on students’ fees for income – a precarious situation because so many of the families simply can’t afford to pay them.
Photographer: Sakhile Dlamini from Quality on Demand Photography | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education, Literacy