Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 24
In Zone 1, a newly established settlement of Thaba ‘Nchu in the Free State, sits Oregolele Day Care Centre. Zone 1 is no exception to the evils that plague Thaba ‘Nchu as a whole; that is to say, widespread levels of unemployment, poverty, and crime.
Limakatsu Leeuw, no stranger to Thaba ‘Nchu’s dark side, saw clearly how these adult issues became children’s burdens to bear. The children around her, especially the tiny ones who were not yet school going age, wandered around during the daytime with little to no supervision. On the streets and even in their homes, they were vulnerable to the specific types of violence that is inflicted on the young and weak when the adults are poor, aimless, and alcoholic.
She had been dreaming of opening a centre – a haven where the needy and vulnerable children of the community could be kept safe and fed – for a while, and Oregolele finally opened its doors in 2010.
These days, the team of 4 take care of 24 of the area’s littlest children – from 6 months to 4 ½ years old. Their focus is on developing these young ones physically and mentally, and setting in motion a love for learning that the teachers hope will help them excel in their future academic lives.
The day-care asks parents for a monthly fee of R120, but unsurprisingly (considering the fact that many parents are unemployed or still school children themselves), many aren’t able to pay even that much. Most months, the amount raised by the fees are just enough to feed the children, but not quite enough for the teachers to be paid much.
They keep showing up, though, and dreaming of a better Oregolele, where there might be an abundance of nourishing food and the ability to renovate their premises to ensure that it remains enjoyable as well as safe.
Photographer: Selebogo Collen Tsatsinyane from Slebz_Collen Photography | Voice Artist: Esona Mangcaka | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Babies, Children and Youth, Community, Development, Education