Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 20
The small town of Paulpietersburg in KwaZulu-Natal may be a peaceful town, but it has a problem that could have serious long-term implications.
There aren’t many employment opportunities in the area, and people therefore have to travel far in order to work. This, of course, requires that they spend long hours away from home each day and while there are Primary schools in the area, they close at noon, meaning that children who are too young for school, as well as those who finish school early, need somebody to take care of them.
It is in that that the problem arises. Many of the children are left in the care of strangers, but luckily the peaceful nature of the town means that they are still safe. The problem is that the children don’t receive any means of development from their untrained caretakers.
Ntokozo Makhubu started Parkland Day Care, Crèche and Aftercare as a preemptive response to what the future of these children would hold without her intervention. Without proper early childhood development, the children would not be able to mature intellectually or emotionally enough for them to break the cycle of poverty which surrounds them.
At the centre they are provided with meals, educational programs and activities to aid in their emotional development. They are cared for, loved and given a steppingstone towards a brighter future.
One of the areas of concern for Ntokozo though is that most of her income that she receives from the parents is spent on rent, leaving not much for her to do all that she wants to for the children. Having her own property would alleviate a lot of that stress, but because she receives no other help than the school fees, that is something that remains a distant dream.
Photographer: Sabelo Ngwenya from Emography | Voice Artist: Sisipho Mbopa | Writer: Eugene du Plessis
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Community, ECD, Education