Friday, 27 August 2021 was a very special day for BreadlineAfrica as it celebrated an exceptional milestone by handing over its 700ᵗʰ infrastructure unit to the staff and children of Anointed Edu-Care Centre in Asanda Village in Strand, Cape Town.

Principal, Neliswa Nonstanga founded the centre in 2008 in a local community church building. When she first opened the centre, there were only 12 children who attended regularly, and over time, this has grown to 64. The pre-school has been using the church hall to teach two groups of children, which was not ideal as two different age groups were sharing the same open space, with just a row of chairs to divide them. And in addition, at the end of every week, they had to pack up all their material and equipment to make space for church services and then bring it all out again on Monday morning.
“There are a lot of children attending Anointed Edu-CareCentre and we desperately needed more space to adequately accommodate the children,” explained Neliswa.”We now have a beautiful new classroom for our children to enjoy. “We are very thankful to Breadline Africa and their donors!”
This sentiment was shared by the Director of Anointed Edu-Care Centre, Lizo Makasi. “We are grateful that during the time of a pandemic, we have more space to adhere to the rules and have a class of fewer than 30 children in one class. Thank you very much for this donation. Today is a grateful and joyful day for us at Anointed Edu-Care.”
Two 6-metre shipping containers were converted to form a generous 30m² classroom. This project was funded with the help of Breadline Africa’s generous donors in South Africa, the UK, Netherlands, and Ireland.

Although established in 1993, ten years later, in 2003, is when Breadline Africa transitioned from a grant giver to providing converted shipping containers as a poverty alleviation intervention. As a result, classrooms, kitchens, toilets, and libraries have been placed in disadvantaged communities across the country and have impacted the lives of thousands of children. Therapy rooms, storage, and even sports change-room facilities have also been donated to projects in need over the years.”We are delighted to be launching our 700th unit,” said Marion Wagner, Director of Breadline Africa. “Particularly because it is a classroom, and we believe that access to a solid educational foundation ultimately leads to pathways out of poverty.

“This is a great milestone to celebrate, but there is much work still to be done. We have set ourselves the ambitious goal of placing 1,000 infrastructure units by 2023, reaching 250,000 children, and I know we can achieve it!”

She added, “It is through the generous support of individuals, companies, and foundations that Breadline Africa can continue this important work and we challenge all South Africans to come on board and help reach the target.”

In attendance at the launch was Bianca Bezuidenhout – a finalist in the running for the Miss South Africa 2021 title, a Breadline Africa donor and brand ambassador. “We are very excited to see these young children grow into strong, educated future leaders of our country. When we show up to prepare the grounds for the next generation, we show up for the future of South Africa.”

As for Neliswa and the children, they are excited to finally have a dedicated classroom and a space to call their own. The children were treated to an exciting day of cupcakes, treats, balloons and a magic show.

 

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