Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 1,400
Change doesn’t happen in a day. Change doesn’t even happen in a year; not real change. Not the kind of change that South Africa needs. There’s a difference between helping for a day and helping to transform a life; the latter being where real, honest-to-goodness transformation starts to happen.
Through the Pebbles Project Trust, Sophia Warner and her team are looking to transform the trajectory of the lives of farmworker communities in the Western Cape. What started out as a humble project to provide ECD care to Stellenbosch farm children, many who suffer from Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, has magnified into something truly ground-breaking.
In the beginning, back in 2005, there were 5 ECD centres on 5 farms. Today, the Pebbles Project has 52 facilities spread over farming communities from Stellenbosch to Hermanus to Citrusdal to Wellington. They are a staff of 70 people working tirelessly for transformation.
These days, their initial idea has branched out into a 5-pillar approach. There’s education, which takes the form of ECD and after-school centres on various farms. Then there’s health, the pillar that works to establish clinics. Next is nutrition, which sees the team feeding nearly 900 children per day. The last two pillars are closely intertwined: community and protection; the former seeing the teams forming close relationships with the entire community they are in and making sure upliftment isn’t being concentrated on merely the young, and the latter seeing social workers ensuring that children are safe in their homes.
It is one big group of people with an even bigger collective heart, trying to change the foundations of South Africa.
A project as big as this takes a lot of money to run – about R1.8 million a month, to be exact. Two international foundations help with the bulk of this, though smaller corporations and the South African government assist as well. There does, however, remain a need for more support, especially in terms of the expansion that the organization dreams to implement.
Photographer: Eugene du Plessis | Voice Artist: Sisipho Mbopa | Writer: Ané Breytenbach