Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 71
Mashau Thenga Community Crèche is the only place of its kind in Mashau Thenga Village; that is to say, the only place to which parents can send their children younger than 4 for stimulation, school preparation, and safety. The Limpopo village, which houses around 13,000 people, is steeped in poverty – most of the population don’t work, and those that do earn very little.
Nndanduleni Hlungwane built her crèche with help from the community using found and donated materials, and in February of 2006, Mashau Thenga Community Crèche opened its doors.
The team of 6 arrive at the premises at 6 in the morning and spend the rest of their day fostering learning through play and storytelling, as well as providing their 71 learners with breakfast and lunch. The kids are noticeably happy to arrive at their school in the mornings, and Nndanduleni laughs when she tells of their enormous appetites and penchant for finding a way to play with and on almost anything.
Their happy attitudes are a blessing, as Nndanduleni knows that the premises aren’t quite ideal. The current space is small and cramped, and though they have started construction in order to enlarge their learning area, lack of financing has prevented them from going further.
Parents’ fees amount to around R8,000 monthly. This income is stretched to pay for the staff of six, as well as food, toys, and stationery. At the moment, there is barely enough to cover the essentials, never mind things like continuing construction or even painting the walls a happier colour.
Nndanduleni’s dream is to be able to have a space large enough to accommodate all her students comfortably and that is conducive to the development of Mashau Thenga Village’s young ones.
Photographer: N/A | Voice Artist: Mawande Ndywamb | Writer: Anè Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Babies, Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education