Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 98
Mmamphokhu Day Care Centre was established in 1992 by Morotola ‘Tresia’ Kgokonowa in Raditshaba, a Limpopo settlement. Like many rural South African areas the village is scoured by a variety of social ills which trap most of its residents in a cycle in which development is difficult, if not impossible.
Tresia and her team concern themselves with the casualties of Raditshaba’s poverty and teenage pregnancy. Amongst others, many of the children enrolled at Mmamphokhu are the children of young children. Their parents have dropped out of school and begun their lives as seasonal farmworkers.
To Tresia, it is of the utmost importance to wake the minds of her area’s youth to the importance of education. She believes that she instils that sentiment in the centre’s 98 students, and hopes that by doing so she is also getting through to their young parents, for whom life, in Tresia’s mind, shouldn’t be over before they have reached the age of 20.
The team of 6 provides their beneficiaries with meals and an educational programme daily.
Because of the large number of students, Mmamphokhu runs monthly deficits, not least of all because many of the parents are unable to pay school fees every month. To these parents, who often quietly remove their children from the centre in shame, Trisha says that they can contribute whatever they can – even if that’s a bit of garden work.
The point, for Tresia, isn’t money. The point is education for all of Raditshaba.
The Department of Social Development helps by contributing a quarterly grant, but the centre needs additional donations in order to keep the centre running smoothly.
Photographer: Rembu Miggs from Miggs Photography | Voice Artist: Usisipho Ngxubaza | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education