Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 20
Lethabo Day Care sits in Hebron, North West Province. Most of the area’s 2,321 residents are employed, which is cause for celebration; however, the majority of the employed work long hours in low-skilled jobs that earn them barely enough to feed their families. For households without grandparents or another form of care, the only option for the parents of the area is to find an affordable alternative.
This is Lethabo Day Care’s purpose: to care for the children of the Hebron parents who work from dusk to dawn.
The centre was started, in 2017 by Esther Sejeng, in a garage structure with two extra rooms that have slowly grown into a happy learning environment for Lethabo’s 20 students, who are all under 5 years old.
Esther’s arrangement with the owner of the premises is that she sleeps there at night as a form of security, and that serves as a rent payment of sorts. This serves Esther and her one fellow teacher well, as many of their students’ parents have to set off for work as early as 4:30 in the morning, and leave their young ones to sleep a while more with their beloved teachers.
Once the sun is up and all the children have arrived, it’s time for breakfast which – along with lunch – is provided by the day care. The rest of the day is a mixture of learning and play until the children (sometimes reluctantly) leave for home in the late afternoon.
Esther struggles to make ends meet with only the monthly fees from parents, and runs a monthly deficit of about R1,000. She would also like to add proper toilets and an extra classroom to the premises, but is unable to even begin to do so at this stage.
Photographer: Japie Thato Pelle from JT PRODUCTIONS | Voice Artist: Esona Mangcaka | Writer: Anè Breytenbach