Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 47
Ask Sibongile Motiane why she gives her days to Soweto’s children and she’ll tell you in all earnest that she loves them. As simple as that.
She established Ubuntu Educare in 2006 with a combination of that love and a lot of her savings. Her section of the township – Protea Glen – isn’t the most dangerous or poverty-stricken in Soweto, but make no mistake: its children need a place to develop… To learn how to be human beings, if you will.
That’s exactly what the colourful classrooms that surround Sibongile’s house aim to be for Protea Glen’s littlest residents: a place for creativity and growth.
Sibongile and her team of three other caretakers dream big for their 47 students who range from as little as 4 months old to 6 years and on their way to school. They take their work very seriously, this team, knowing that the future of South Africa is being partly raised by them and that their work is of the noblest kind.
Ubuntu receives no funding besides fees from parents that range from R250 to R450 p/m; the catch here is that most months there are parents who simply cannot afford to pay. The resulting financial gap usually means that Sibongile and Ubuntu’s other caretakers are left with chunks in their salaries, which are tiny to begin with.
Photographer: Sakhile Dlamini from Quality on Demand Photography | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Babies, Children and Youth, ECD, Education