Education holds the key to a better future – for each child – and the world. As Robert F. Kennedy once said: “The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.”
Many crèches and preschools in poor townships care for and keep children safe, but they need more to develop and achieve their full potential. Breadline Africa provides essential infrastructure in the form of containers that have been refurbished into classrooms, kitchens and toilet blocks.
A good early childhood education gives these youngsters the chance of a brighter future.
Joy Educare Centre for Children with Multiple Disabilities, provides a safe haven for very poor children with intellectual and physical disabilities. This amazing place of hope is in a part of the sprawling Cape Flats townships sometimes called “the Lost City”, because of the poverty and social problems found there.
They operate out of two small houses, but they need a space where the little ones in their care can receive physiotherapy and other
treatments. Local nursing and physiotherapy students from the University of the Western Cape nearby are eager to volunteer their skills, all that’s needed is a safe, private secure space.
With your gift we can supply the team of angels at the Joy Educare Centre with a brand-new, beautifully kitted-out treatment room, where little children with great challenges can get the medical care they need in safety and comfort.
As you know, here at Breadline Africa we have been paying attention to rural poverty, which can easily remain invisible to the outside world. So when I recently got a cry for help from Bishop John Ngqatani about the children of the remote village of Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape, I was extremely concerned.
Bishop John and members of his community have been running a school in a run-down and ramshackle house that is completely unsuitable for children. But they have little choice. The Eastern Cape has one of the highest rates of “mud schools” – schools where there is no building, and children learn in huts or under trees – in South Africa. The children of this poverty-stricken, isolated area are in desperate need of education now.
But this community has a bigger vision: they are eager not just to provide their children with a decent classroom – they want everyone to benefit. So they’ve turned to us for help. Together we can supply a double container to use as a multipurpose community centre. They plan to turn one container into a soup kitchen – they know only too well that a hungry child cannot learn – and the other into a classroom by day, and a job-skill training centre for adults by night.
Your donation will help to provide much more than just a classroom for the children of Lady Frere; you’ll also be filling their tummies so that they can grow and learn. Plus their parents will at last have a venue where job-skill training and sharing can take place. Everyone stands to benefit!
Please click on the images below for more information about other container classrooms.