Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 35
Bulelwa Dali adores children. She always has. She wants to see them safe; she wants to see them fed and she wants to see them learning. That’s why, in 1985, she started Nolukhanyo Day Care Centre in the middle of a whole lot of nothing.
Khulile, the village in Debe Nek that Bulelwa calls home, is immensely poor. It always has been. Though its residents are rich in breathtaking nature and wide-open expanses, their rural location has ensured that they aren’t so wealthy when it comes to that other necessary resource – money. One which has an inescapable effect on how the village’s children are able to be raised.
The centre in which Bulelwa and her team take care of 35 of Khulile’s youngest children look old, because it is old. The structure was built more than 30 years ago by the grandmothers and grandfathers of the village.
Today, the centre is a place for the village’s children to learn the basics while being kept safe, warm and fed. The day care is the very first place they learn the alphabet, but also where they are introduced to group activities and table manners.
Bulelwa and the team ask parents for a R20 monthly fee per child, which barely scrapes the surface of their expenses. The centre has not received funding from the government since its establishment and is dire in need of additional assistance.
Photographer: Shannon Bright from Shanbright Photography | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Anè Breytenbach