Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 64
Ask Anikie Enselina about Khujwana Village – her home – and she will pause a while before answering. “It’s very rural,” she’ll explain. “The people are so poor.” The people are indeed extremely poor, and though Anikie was never an exception, her passion to make things better has always burned brighter than the hopelessness of how things are.
In 2009, she started to speak to her community about opening a daycare centre. It wouldn’t be the first in the village, but it would be the first in her area, which would eliminate the need for the village’s young children to walk along dangerous roads and through a river to get to school.
She started by taking children into her home, keeping them safe and fed. Later, her project moved into the local church, where for 6 years she and a small team nurtured many of the village’s children.
Today, they have their own stand – given to them by Khujwana’s Headman – though they do not yet have a brick-and-mortar centre. For now, the team of 6 teach their 64 students in a two-roomed shack neatly covered with a green tarp to keep the weather at bay.
Anikie wants the future to be better for these children and for the village she calls home.
The team receives no funding from the government, though they have applied for it. Currently, their only income is from R150 per child monthly fees from parents, which isn’t enough to cover all of the daycare’s expenses.
Photographer: Mosa Mailula from Abelife Designs & Productions Pty. Ltd | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education, Literacy