Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 108
Shibangwa Crèche was founded in 1998 by Tintswalo Joyce Vukeya, who saw the fate of young children in her village and was angered and driven to action.
Before that point, the Shibangwa Village had no institution like it, and the children of working parents were left with grandparents and neighbours, who in turn left them unattended for long stretches of time to fetch water or search for firewood.
It’s rural here, it’s poor here, and the cycle – as Tintswalo saw it – didn’t show any signs of stopping.
So she spoke to the village elders and soon enough, Shibangwa Crèche was born. These days, the crèche’s team of 10 take care of 108 of the village’s children under five. Here they are taught how to count using foraged sticks, how to care, how to imagine, and how to write – if only metaphorically for now – their own stories.
The building that serves as their current premises was built for them by the community in 2010, giving an idea of the large role the community plays in the crèche’s running. It does, as they say, take a village.
But this village doesn’t have much in the way of financial contributions, and it is common for parents to do yard work or fetch firewood in lieu of paying fees they have no way to afford.
Luckily, the team receives a quarterly Social Development grant, which goes a long way in alleviating money worries. It does not, unfortunately, go nearly all the way, and staff receive only a small stipend for their tireless work.
To amend this, and to be able to provide adequate nutrition and education to the village’s children, Shibangwa Crèche is in need of additional assistance.
Photographer: Steven Maluks from Go Cloud Way Photography | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach