Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 46
Mahlokohloko Crèche is the brainchild of Kate Giane – or Granny, to those who knew and loved her – and dates back to 1985. Granny had a passionate love for children, her heart couldn’t bear watching the young children of Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga go uncared for while their mothers worked.
The crèche began simple: a daily gathering of Kwaggafontein’s toddlers in Granny’s living room. The number of children needing a safe space grew quickly, the staff followed suit, and soon after, Granny had rallied the community to build a bigger space for the crèche.
It is from this building that Mahlokohloko functions to this day.
When old age took Granny Giane away softly in 2015, teacher Nadima Jiyane took over the reins. She and the crèche’s 3 other staff members take care of 46 children aged two to five daily. Their biggest aim? Keeping Kwaggafontein’s toddlers out from under the wheels of cars and out of the hands of criminals.
With safety taken care of, the team goes on to develop their little beneficiaries into school-ready six-year-olds.
Nadima, whose heart is as open as Granny Giane’s was, loves her students boundlessly, knowing that most of them lack a mother’s care as their mothers need to travel far daily for domestic work.
The crèche receives a small monthly fee from parents, which is supplemented by a quarterly government grant. They do, however, struggle to feed their beneficiaries nutritious, filling meals, or pay their staff livable salaries.
Photographer: Lucky Chigo from Marble Creations & Media | Voice Artist: Nicholate Ngongoshe | Writer: Ané Breytenbach