Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 30
The Vulinqondo Educare building as you see it today where it sits in Waterval – a small Mpumalanga village – was built in 1999 and made possible through immense sacrifice on part of its teachers.
You see, for the first few years of Vulinqondo’s existence, founder Lillian Makhubela and her team took care of their students in Lillian’s brother’s home, and saved the portion of the monthly fees from parents that were meant to be their salaries to be able to build a proper structure of their own.
All these years later, it is this very building that they are still teaching Waterval’s babies from. Lillian established the centre because she couldn’t stand seeing her area’s small children going not only uncared for but untaught; arriving in the first grade without being able to write their names and having huge disciplinary issues as they grew older.
These days, Lillian and a team of 5 take care of and teach 30 little students from birth to 6 years old. Their aim is threefold: to keep the kids off of the streets; to fill their bellies with nutritious food, and to develop them into school-ready 6-year-olds.
It isn’t always as easy as that though. Recently, Vulinqondo has stopped asking parents for monthly fees – they simply cannot afford to pay them. This leaves them entirely reliant upon a quarterly grant from the Department of Social Development; problematic since it doesn’t come even close to covering all of their expenses.
Any donations would go towards nutritious food for the centre’s students and payment for their caretakers, who are technically volunteers most months.
Photographer: Siphiwe Mahamba from Walkers Multimedia Production | Voice Artist: Thulisa Mayalo | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, ECD, Education, Literacy