Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 14
Sthembiso Day Care Centre is a brightly coloured haven for the children of Mmotung, a section of Swartdam in North West province.
Why is a haven necessary? Because Swartdam is poor, and its children are often neglected and abused while its adult population try to find ways to survive. Because without someplace to go during the day, they will reach the first grade unpractised in having a routine or speaking English.
The centre exists because, in 2018, Florence Baloyi had had enough. She has always had an overwhelming love for children, and finally came to a life-changing realization:
If she wasn’t going to take care of them, who would?
Today, she and another teacher take care of 14 of Mmotung’s young ones in a small shack. Painted over its outer walls are the five English vowels, and its inside is plastered with children’s artwork.
That Sthembiso Day Care Centre is necessary is overwhelmingly obvious.
The two teachers do their best to ensure that their little students are prepared for the future, and so after nutritious meals, their main focus is to teach them English.
Sthembiso receives no funding and relies on monthly fees from parents, which range from R170 to R300 per month. Florence hopes to one day be able to move the kids into an actual building, knowing that the shack isn’t a long-term solution.
At the moment though, they need help with essentials like handwashing basins, food, toys, and stationery.
Photographer: Eric Bongani Khumalo from Beekay Image | Voice Artist: Sisipho Mbopa | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education, Literacy