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Masuku Day Care was established in 2015 by Nelly Mbongwa and a few other helping hands in her community of Folweni. Folweni, a KwaZulu-Natal township, is weighed down by a variety of social ills, most of which spring from extreme poverty.
Nelly believes in getting things right from the get-go, particularly when the lives of children are at stake. In their makeshift cluster of classrooms – situated on the grounds of the local primary school – Masuku Day Care’s team of seven teaches their 90 students under the age of five everything they can about being a good human being.
Sometimes that means teaching them colours and the alphabet, and other times that means teaching them big life lessons.
Speak to Nelly about what drives her to do this difficult and at times disheartening work, and she’ll tell you, with a voice layered in emotion, that she believes this to be the work that she was sent to Earth to do.
In addition to running a busy daycare, Nelly runs a feeding program called Masiwezane Community Project. Masiwezane provides food to Folweni’s hungry and downtrodden. The food is cooked using the bounty from the vegetable garden next to the daycare and interwoven with the much-necessary meals are empowering talks. Those served also make traditional wear together, which is sold for extra income.
Foremost on Nelly’s list of worries is the fact that the classes she has been renting from the local primary school for nearly five years don’t offer sufficient space, nor does it have the infrastructure required by the Department of Social Development for those applying for a grant.
It is a chicken and egg situation. If Masuku cannot renovate or relocate, it has no hope of being awarded a government grant. And without a government grant – or some form of reliable funding – the centre will continue to live in a constant state of scarcity.
Nelly and her team are in need of assistance and are currently supplementing irregularly-paid fees from parents with their own money.
Photographer: Allen Thulani Gama from A.S Production Studios | Voice Artist: Manjomane Mhlongo | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education, Hunger Relief, Literacy, Skills Development
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