There was much to celebrate when Green Curtains Pre-school officially opened their new 36m2 prefabricated classroom on Wednesday, 8 June 2022.
Since its establishment in 1994, Green Curtains Pre-School has a 28-year track record of serving the community and currently has 144 children enrolled. They have a no-fee policy and operate under the auspices of the Valley Development Project. Social workers work closely with the pre-school to ensure that even the most vulnerable children in the local community are able to attend. Many of the families living in Ocean View are unemployed and dependent on government grants. Social ills are a reality in areas such as this.
Green Curtains Pre-school manager, Ms Lynne Lamb, thanked the donors and explained that with the donation of this classroom, she felt as though the pre-school had ‘come full circle with Breadline Africa’. In 1997, Breadline Africa provided Valley Development with their first classroom, which was originally used as a skills centre.
Claremont Rotary, Southey Contracting and Valley Development Project provided the resources to make the new classroom possible, along with Breadline Africa’s donors, many of whom gave in honour of a milestone wedding anniversary of Breadline Africa board stalwart, Louise Seligman and her husband, Mark!
The Claremont Rotary representative, Bev Frieslich said: “I just want to commend everybody, because as a mother and a grandmother, I realise the value of what we are putting into the community, the value of what we are giving these children, the lives that we are changing. Thank you to everybody, for everything.”
Mr Ali Waggie, Breadline Africa Programme Manager added his congratulations and said that he was inspired by how well-run the pre-school is, making it an ideal beneficiary. He wished the children and their teachers many happy years in the new classroom.