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Before Phini Crèche’s conception, its namesake area (located in Nkwezela, KwaZulu Natal) had no crèche or early learning centre to speak of. Parents had to work, of course, and so Phini’s children would board taxis in the mornings and be transported to crèches in neighbouring areas. The situation wasn’t ideal, but no real harm had come of it, so it continued in this way until 2006 when one boy’s frightening day led to big change.
The boy had been four years old and had landed in the office of Nokuthula Mchunu, a paralegal at the police station, in the late morning. A taxi driver had brought him there. He had been left behind on the taxi, which was never meant to go to any crèche.
He had gotten onto the wrong taxi. At four years old, who could blame him?
The boy’s story ended happily – his frightened parents were reunited with him that night at Nokuthula’s home – but the village’s problem had become clear. It needed a crèche.
So Nokuthula started one.
Nowadays, the babies of Phini don’t have to learn how to navigate public transportation quite yet, because their crèche is within walking distance. Here they learn how to eat, walk, and talk. Here they are kept safe in their developing years.
A constant worry for Nokuthula – who is still a paralegal, but who keeps a proud, watchful eye over the crèche – is that they have no permanent building to call their own. Phini Crèche’s two teachers and 40 students meet every day in the home of a local resident, which the team knows is unsustainable.
Their small monthly income from parents – R20 per child – doesn’t come near covering their expenses, and even with a local NGO helping by contributing stipends for the caregivers, the team is in need of additional assistance.
Photographer: Monli Joseph Sosibo from Mondli Sosibo Photography | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Community, Development, ECD, Education, Literacy