Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R4,950.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 1 | Amount of People in Need: 18
When you’re already struggling to survive, adding in the extra ‘luxury’ of paying for a taxi so your child can go to day care in a neighbouring village is almost unthinkable. In fact, it was unthinkable for a long time in Mkhuhlu, a section of Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.
The corner of Mkhuhlu that Ntokozo Mongoe calls home, for instance, was without its own day care centre for a long time. Because its residents are so poor, it meant that its youngest ones had no way of attending any sort of formal care before starting Grade R at 6 years old.
That was until Ntokozo rallied her community and established Truly Day Care in 2017. The little wooden building that the team of three do their noble work from was built with Ntokozo’s own money.
The team’s biggest aim is to make sure that their village’s children have a good foundation set in their formative years so that they arrive in the first grade already prepped for a long and successful school career.
Financially, things are tough for the day care though. Without any government funding, the team relies entirely on R80 p/m from the parents of each of their 18 current students. That gives them barely enough for groceries for the month, never mind electricity, water (which has to be lugged to the day care from far away), or salaries.
Photographer: Peter-Hugh Burrell from Hughsten Photography | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education