Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 124
Tshifhiwa Mavhulani Community Crèche has existed since 1984 when a Mrs Magoro from Mavhulani Village in Tshimbupfe began taking young children into her home during the daytime.
With their parents working and without proper care, the village’s children were susceptible to all sorts of accidents. A relatively crime-free environment doesn’t mean that children are safe, Mrs Magoro knew then, and the same remains true today. Children don’t belong on the street, not ever, but especially not in their crucial formative years. They belong with other children and under the supervision of caring adults. They deserve to be given the space to thrive.
This is the work that the crèche’s nine staff members do for their 124 beneficiaries.
Though Mrs Magoro has since left the crèche to teach in a local primary school, her successors have carried on the work she felt so called to do. Since 2014, Maluleke Gladys Tsakani has been the manager of the crèche, and it is under her supervision that the building in which the school is currently located was built.
The team cares for their large group of energetic students from 6:30 in the mornings to four in the afternoons. During these hours, their students are fed, taught, and encouraged to learn and play. When Tshifhiwa Mavhulani’s students graduate here at five years old, they move on to the local primary school, where they enter grade R.
One of the team’s biggest concerns is the fact that the building has no running water – a common problem for the entire area. Water for washing, drinking, and cooking needs to be fetched and paid for daily. This and other factors are what lead to the crèche running a monthly deficit. Maluleke herself has been an unpaid ‘volunteer’ for years, though her staff is paid a small stipend.
Photographer: Steven Maluks from Go Cloud Way | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education