Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 30
In the midst of the dusty chaos that is the Pretorian township of Hammanskraal, finding space to dream is a luxury. Foremost on the minds of most of many who live call this place home is not ‘How do I become the best I can be?’, but ‘How do I survive today? How do I feed my child? How do I numb this painful reality?’
Relokologile Day Care Centre was founded in 1997 by Mpelegeng Galane, who wanted to nip this scarcity mentality in the bud from a young age. It is also important now, much more so than then, for children to not be left alone during the daytime – not only to ensure healthy development and school readiness but because of the sheer fact that they are not safe.
So Relokologile seeks to do both: to keep children safe, while at the same time keeping them happy and learning.
Together with her team of 5, Mpelegeng spends her days doing this for their 30 students in Tambo Village, their corner of Hammanskraal. Starting at 6 am, when working parents are off to catch transport, Relokologile Day Care Centre aims to nourish the minds and bodies of children who would be malnourished on both accounts if it were not for its existence.
The centre caters to all pre-school ages, from the very young – changing nappies and singing lullabies – to preparing the elder kids for school
Mpelegeng agrees with many of the important thinkers of the world when she says that we are on the cusp of a Fourth Revolution. She knows that things are changing, and hopes for the means to be able to introduce computers to her students, but this is financially impossible for the centre at the moment.
Relokologile receives what Mpelegeng calls “a monthly donation” from parents; what with parents struggling so much, asking for a set amount seems to her almost ludicrous. This, along with a quarterly grant, is what pays for the centre’s bare necessities. The things the grant money is allowed to be used on are very restrictive, and cannot, for example, be used to bring technology into the classrooms or renovate the premises.
Photographer: N/A | Voice Artist: Mawande Ndywamba | Writer: Anè Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Babies, Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education, Literacy