Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 28
For most of her working life, Nontle Adams was a domestic worker. Well, domestic worker slash extra mother. She cleaned, yes, but mostly she helped to raise the children of the families for whom she did. When, in 2011, her last two surrogate children were out of the family house and into their new homes, Nontle decided to take what she knew herself to be very good at and make it into a haven for the children of Nomzamo, the township she calls home.
And Nomzamo needs it. The overcrowded township is plagued by poverty and crime, and the parents that have jobs don’t have many options when it comes to leaving their children with loving, reliable caretakers while they work.
So Nontle began taking pre-pre-school-aged children into her pale pink coloured home and hasn’t stopped caring for them since.
At Nosakhele Educare, 28 of Nomzamo’s children get to come and learn structure and creativity while being kept safe and fed and on the right track. Nontle will tell you, her voice beaming, that all of the children that have attended her educare in the past 8 years are still in school, as opposed to being on the streets and using drugs, as many other children are.
Her biggest challenge is the fact that parents are regularly unable to pay the R300 monthly fee she asks, and that consequently, there is rarely a month where everything that needs to be paid actually does. A monthly grant from the Department of Social Development helps to bridge the gap, but even that is unreliable.
Photographer: Eugene du Plessis | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Babies, Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education