Arafat Gatabazi takes on the Big Bay challenge to raise funds for a container at Imizamo Yethu ECD

We are so proud of Arafat Gatabazi, who made a heroic attempt to swim from Robben Island to Big Bay in Cape Town. Although he was not able to complete the crossing due to the low water temperature and threat of hypothermia, he had completed more than half of the course when the cold forced him to give up the attempt. He has raised more than 55% of the £2000 target set for the provision of a classroom for the children of Imizamo Yethu Educare Centre. It’s not too late for you to help, by clicking here and helping Arafat reach his target and make the dream of a new classroom for the children a reality.

 


Opening Imagination

Opening Imagination: Mnyaka Angalakha (6) knows that readers are leaders and she can’t wait to share this with her classmates. Even if Mtikitiki Nalo finds her a bit funny, she knows that one day she will be a librarian and she will inspire a whole new generation to love books as much as she does!


Opening Imagination: Mtikitiki Nalo (6) is a HUGE fan of Bob the Builder and you will find him hard at ‘work’ most days at Ubukhobakhe Daycare and Aftercare Centre, pottering around the playground, looking for things to ‘fix’. We believe that with the support of people just like you and I, Mtikitiki can become a real Bob the Builder and build South Africa’s economy – and skyscrapers!


Opening Imagination

Chelsea is in grade 4 and attends Silverlea Primary School in Athlone, Cape Town. Thanks to Breadline Africa, her school now has a converted shipping container kitchen that provides daily nutritious meals for 300 children. As far as Chelsea is concerned, this is the best gift ever, because she wants to be a chef when she grows up!

Breadline Africa Kitchen

Our Little Teacher is five year old Elam Giyo, who attends Ukwanda Early Childhood Development Centre in Khayelitsha. She dreams of becoming a teacher when she is big – and with your help, we are laying the foundation that will make her dream come true! Today she is ‘teaching’ Ayaka Mtsotso (5), Sivuyise Bopi (6) and Awongile Mahlasela (5). Elam knows how important literacy is, and she is ensuring that her school friends love to read!

Breadline Africa Pre-school


Breadline Africa Women profile: Ms Florence Gqoboka, Imizamo Yethu Educare Centre, Khayelitsha

Breadline AfricaCaring for other peoples’ children five days a week, week after week, is not a career for the faint-hearted. But for Florence Gqoboka, caring for the most vulnerable individuals of our society comes naturally.

While early childhood development centres are being told they must do better, in line with regulatory changes, whether resources are available or not. The pressure is coming from a number of different directions, making the task of looking after 60 children, from 7am right through to 6pm, a whole lot tougher.

The community of Khayelitsha is a deeply divided and unsettled one; not easy to navigate, particularly when the majority of the parents are not be able to afford the monthly childcare fee. Florence has had to toughen up, thicken her skin and devise new approaches, making radical changes to ensure efficient delivery of her service, while ensuring that her children are kept in a safe and secure educational environment, despite the odds. Failure is definitely not an option for her.


Mrs. Vaaltyn principal of Lettie De Klerk Primary School

Breadline Africa Container KitchenBarbara Vaaltyn is a strong South African woman, who continues to make a meaningful change in her community, despite the limited opportunities Graaff Reinet. Families in this quiet, tiny town of the Karoo depend largely on social grants, and resources are limited.

Mrs. Vaaltyn is the principal of Lettie De Klerk Primary School – Breadline Africa donated a kitchen to the school. She has made it her mission and has dedicated her life to giving back selflessly to young people who have lost hope for a better life. Her strength, determination and commitment, encourages young learners to believe that they can be better individuals, despite the enormous challenges they face daily.

She is an ordinary woman, making extraordinary changes in the lives of young people – showing them that they can do it, for themselves and for their country.


Liziwe “Lucy” Sithetho from Sunshine Educare is our Wednesday Inspiration Woman

“One day you will see me striking at the parliament for children’s rights, because they all deserve to go to school!”

#WIW, Breadline africa My name is Liziwe “Lucy” Sithetho and I am the principal of Sunshine Educare. In 2008, I opened Sunshine Educare in my house. It quickly grew and I eventually had to move with my two children. It was tough, but I never regretted that decision. I’ve had to overcome many challenges to get where I am today. I spent all of my money and even borrowed from my family so that I could open Sunshine Educare. In 2009, I found out I had cervical cancer. It was a very difficult time, but I still was passionate about the children and couldn’t bring myself to close my educare. Luckily, I’ve conquered this horrible disease with the help of my family, friends, and church.

I have many strong qualities that help me run my educare. I am very patient, especially with children. I’m also punctual, a hard worker, and don’t give up easily. My son thought it would be best for me to step down as Principal of Sunshine Educare because I ran into financial problems. He didn’t agree with me giving up my house for the educare and worried that I was working harder than the salary was worth. I told my son, “This year will be the last year. I will try everything to make it work. Just wait, maybe God will help me. Then SAEP came and rescued me, and now I am able to keep Sunshine Educare open.” A weakness of mine is that I think about others too much. I need a salary to support my family, but I care too much about my educare and spend a lot of my money on it. Sometimes I have to borrow money from family members to take care of myself and my children.

My main goal is to make a difference in these children’s lives. I want all the children to attend school as it makes me very sad and angry to see children on the streets. I will go to the government and ask for funds so I can take all of those kids to Sunshine Educare. One day you will see me at the parliament striking for the children’s rights. My dream for the educare in five years’ time is to have a bigger centre where the children can sleep over. In the evenings, parents sometimes drink alcohol and aren’t able to properly care for their children. I hope to go to school myself one day. I want to be a professional teacher or social worker.

My inspiration in life is my mother. She taught me that I shouldn’t give up, but rather always keep on going. My mother is not only my friend, but my everything. I’ve lived up to her motto because I never gave up on my educare. But I’m also very grateful for SAEP, if they didn’t come and rescue me, there was a big chance I would have had to close Sunshine Educare at the end of the year.


Closing the Education Gap

15 July 2016

The twenty-first century is an age like no other. Globalisation and growing technologies are producing an interconnectedness that the world has never seen before. In some ways, this interconnectedness highlights similarities among humans throughout the globe. We all strive for stability and cherish the safety of our families. However, globalisation has allowed for rapid collection of data, bringing some disturbing trends to light. Throughout the world there is one trend that is affecting every state and every society: the gap between the rich and poor is widening. This trend can be observed in the job sector, the housing options, the tax system, but most importantly it is apparent in the education sector. Education is the tool with which the rich have suppressed the poor throughout history. Without education, social mobility is impossible; those in poverty will be stuck in poverty.

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The Toilet Crisis: inequality and the right to sanitation

11 July 2016

In January 2014, people around the world were horrified to learn that a young boy had drowned after falling in a pit latrine at his school in the Limpopo province in South Africa. Although not the first of its kind, the horrifying event raised awareness of the realities that exist for many South African schools. It is not uncommon for schools and Early Childhood Development Centres to lack flushing toilets, leading to sanitation issues and a grave lack of privacy for the children. There is often no sink for washing hands and no accommodations for female students during menstruation. Class time is wasted while students wait in line to use toilets, which often only consist of a pit in the ground. Many of the ECD centres that Breadline Africa has worked with lack these basic amenities and faculty constantly stress their dire need for new infrastructure. Toilets may not be the first necessity that donors think of when they decide to provide aid, but it is one of the most important.

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Empowerment Through Mushrooms

9 July 2016

Throughout South Africa, men and women have been finding work on farms for centuries. However, the “lack of growth in employment in the commercial agriculture sector” combined with rigorous working conditions and low pay are taking a toll on seasonal farm workers (Davies). According to Mercia Andrews’ article “Sleeping giant is stirring: Farm workers in South Africa,” the minimum wage that these workers expect is “one of the lowest in South Africa’s formal employment sector.” The transition to democracy brought about regulations for the treatment of farm workers but many times these new developments and promotions are reserved only for men (Shabodien). Combine these elements with the pressure to raise a family and you receive a glimpse of the enormous strain that women farm workers are under. Clearly, the insecurity that surrounds the lives of seasonal farm workers is heightened for women – but when money is needed for survival, what other option is there?

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Ending the Cycle of Illiteracy

7 July 2016

The ability to read is invaluable. It is the underlying skill that drives schools, businesses and governments throughout the world. If the importance of literacy is universally acknowledged, why is it that so little money is directed towards improving it? It’s no secret that South Africa has room for improvement in terms of reading skills; only 35% of children can read by the age of 12. And according to the Department of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch, “South Africa’s economy would be 23-30% larger if we had a fully literate population” (Harrison, 2015). However, acquiring universal literacy is not an easy task, especially if there aren’t concrete efforts during primary school years. These years are critical for brain development, making it much easier for a child to acquire a new skill. If these critical years are missed, it is much more difficult for a person to learn to read later in life.

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