Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R4,950.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 1 | Amount of People in Need: 29
Established in 2011, initially in Mafikeng before relocating in 2015 to Rustenburg in the North-West province, Thulaganyo Day Care Centre has been working to provide a loving family environment for boys and girls from as young as three months old to six years of age. The centre began with only two beneficiaries and today it successfully accommodates 29; five of which are permanent residents due to absent parents.
Founder and teacher Kealeboga Kubheka decided to open the centre when she saw a large number of children on the streets all day, not attending school and having to resort to digging in dustbins to provide food for themselves. The establishment of the centre gave many children the opportunity to go to a place where they were provided with food, security and had a chance to get an education. The centre does not only cater for the local children, but also for children from the neighbouring townships too. Kealeboga Kubheka drives every day to pick up the children from the various areas, and then takes them to the centre for the day, and after the day is done, she drops them off at home again.
The team at Thulaganyo Day Care Centre consists of five passionate staff members who work with all the children, catering specifically to each child’s need. They assist the younger children in helping them to crawl and eventually get them to the stage where they can walk, whilst basic skills for school are taught to the older children such as reading, writing and drawing. Many of the children in the community are unable to go to school and Thulaganyo Day Care Centre hopes to change this by providing them with these skills in order to give them the chance to be able to attend primary school.
Thulaganyo Day Care Centre strives to create a secure and caring environment for the children of the community in order to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy so that the children in their care can be empowered and become self-sustainable. Their philosophy is to assist the children so that they may grow in all different aspects of life, focusing on their spiritual, emotional and intellectual being.
The dream for Thulaganyo Day Care Centre is to grow so that they can accommodate more children and this growth will help in allowing them to become certified to take in children older than six, which is their current goal, so that they can secure and further their studies.
Photographer: Jadene Brider from Le Jadene Photo Studio | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Natalie Kitching
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education