On Saturday 17th March five of the NCCF volunteers took a trip through Soweto to visit 9 charities that requested our assistance.
They started off in Motsoaledi district of Soweto where they visited Embizweni Day Care where 40 children are cared for in a tiny but very tidy tin structure. Then Joy at Work Daycare, in Dobsonville was visited, where they met Sylvia and her team who cares for 80 children.
They then went to Matjele Community Centre in Mapetla, where we they visited Matjele Community Centre where more than 250 children are cared for by Julia and her team. The children sang and danced for the visitors. NCCF has been supporting this worthy charity for more than 2 years and were visited as they were recently relocated to a new plot of land. With the help of Webber Wenztel, Pick ‘n Pay and Investec, cleared the dirty patch, repainted their containers and also started the planting of a vegetable garden. This centre assists with the twice a day feeding of the children – more than half whom are child headed households – offers a safe place for after school care which includes homework assistance and counseling to the many children who need this service.
In Protea Glen Ext 11, the Nkosinathi Day Care was visited, where they provide care for children from 6 months to 6 years. These children are from disadvantaged communities, many of which are orphaned and Nkosinathi survives without funds and very little contribution from the parents. Still in Protea Glen Ext 11, where Mama’s care was visited where at least 40 children and a handful of babies are cared for by Lorraine and her team. Nashua has been supporting Mama’s Care for more than a year and was visited to see the building renovations that were paid for by NCCF.
In Protea Glen Ext 12, Katleho Lesedi Educare facility was also visited, where mostly orphaned children are given 2 meals daily and are schooled in a safe environment.
The group then went to Protea City, where they visited Gladness and her team at Zakheni Early Learning. They were blown away by the size of this facility, the above standard Montessori education provided and the assistance that this care centre offers to other similar facilities in their vicinity. Zakheni was founded in 1997 when it was observed that so many very young children were aimlessly wandering the streets during the day without any supervision. Because of the dire unemployment situation in the area, the centre has undertaken to teach some of the mom’s to bake and they in turn are now selling their produce. Zakheni provides a safe and loving environment for early child development.
The last stop in Protea Glen Ext 3 was at Tholuwazi where Busiswe and her team provide day care plus a breakfast and an after school soup kitchen for the children of Waterwax and Tsutsumani squatter camps. Tholuwazi provides twice daily feeding of the children.