A big project has just come through. We are going to need everyone to pull together to make this dream a reality…
For over a year we have been supporting a crèche called Qalakahle ECD Centre. It is a non-profit organisation that was formed by two dedicated ladies in the Mansell Market area of Durban. They are trained preschool teachers who have given up their ability to earn descent salaries to serve the market sellers by taking their little ones in during the day. This prevents the kids from going missing or being run over in the streets in front of the stalls. It also allows the moms to trade and source their raw materials without worrying about their little precious children.
About a year ago the Health Department wanted to close them down due to them not meeting requirements. The only problem is it really is an essential service in the area, so with a bit of pulling strings and plenty of clean up and assistance we were able to keep them open. Since then we have been looking at ways of providing them with an appropriate facility.
A number of months back Headway pre-primary school (Durban North) approached us to find out if there was a way they could get involved and we introduced them to the Centre. They have been aiding in upgrading much of the educational materials at the school and have raised some money to go towards bettering the facility. This money started the ball rolling in allowing us to petition the Ethekwini Municipality to provide the land for an appropriate School facility at Mansell Market.
Today it has come through in writing! We have the land… its time to build a brighter future for these kids!
Anyone interested in joining in on making this facility the best it can be please contact us! We need skilled people, finances to buy items, jungle gyms, sleeping mats, kitchen and bathroom items (both fixed items and utensils), paint, hardware items… pretty much anything and everything you can think of…
We are so excited for the possibilities here.