Butterfly Way Educare, established in 2007, is situated in Vrygrond near Muizenberg; one of the oldest informal settlements in the Western Cape. It is sadly also a community engulfed in unemployment, poverty, gangs, conflict and violence. This small pre-school normally accommodates 45 children (9 months to 5 years) and also has an aftercare facility. For the longest time, the space for making meals for the children has been small, unsafe and unhygienic. The existing structure will also be needed for additional classroom space once all the children return post COVID. High unemployment means many parents cannot afford to pay fees and food is limited at home. At the pre-school, the children receive three meals a day. The centre is supported by our partner, True North, who provide training and educational support for the staff. A 12m container converted into kitchen, office and sickbay will support them in applying for registration and access to additional funding.
Such a wonderful morning was spent handing over this kitchen/ office container at Butterfly Way Educare Centre on Tuesday 23 February 2021. Breadline Africa, was able to uplift and relocate a 12m container (no longer used as community kitchen) which was then refurbished by de-rusting, painting and adding partitions. Butterfly Way can now convert the space they were using as an office and kitchen, into more classroom space for the children to grow and learn. The new kitchen is now a wonderful large, safe space to prepare meals.
This refurbishment and relocation was made possible as a result of one of our amazing Facebook fundraisers, Willem Marais, who raised over R50,000 for his birthday last year. Thank you to Willem and his friends for this incredible gift!
Marion Wagner, Director of Breadline Africa, welcomed all the special guests, including Malvin and Claudette Meyer, who joined on behalf of Willem Marais. Marion explained how Willem, in celebration of his birthday on 9 October 2020, raised the funds and how Breadline Africa had made the decision to celebrate his contribution by placing this container at Butterfly Way. Marion explained how grateful we are to Celia Cox who originally funded the container and how thrilled Breadline Africa is to see it given a new lease on life.
Peter from True North congratulated Penny Way, the principal of Butterfly Way and said that she is a wonderful leader who has created a place of light in her community and he was excited to see her go from strength to strength.
Penny expressed her joy and thanked all who helped make it happen. “I am overwhelmed with this container. Thank you so much to Breadline Africa, to the sponsors and to True North for all your support. I want to especially thank all the donors for giving us this gift, I am speechless.”
The children gave each guest a specially created drawing as a gift and sang some beautiful songs in celebration. We wish the staff and children of Butterfly Way Educare Centre much success for a bright future!