It’s not often that a service provider asks the Breadline Africa team for infrastructure assistance for an early childhood development centre, but that was exactly what happened with the Hermon Educare Playgroup.
It is located in the rural village of Hermon, approximately 100kms from Cape Town and currently hosts 10 children. Originally they operated out of a single 12-metre converted shipping container – which was not ideal for the growth envisaged for the pre-school. The principal, Ms Chrizelle Collins, and the community raised sufficient funding to place two more classrooms but were in desperate need of a combination kitchen/toilet container and a roof to protect the containers from the elements and provide an undercover area for the children.
The Hermon Educare Playgroup is supported by the local Rondeheuwel Primary School and Grassroots (a South African non-profit organisation), helping with providing food for the children. In addition, the local municipality has funded all onsite connections (electricity, water and sewerage) at the new premises on the Hermon Sports Field.
There was much excitement on Monday, 6 December 2021, as the new pre-school was launched. Desmoray Prins, from the Drakenstein Municipality, explained that in 2018, she discovered that Hermon didn’t have a pre-school and met with Mr Forbes from Rondeheuwel Primary School. Together they worked to ensure that a full pre-school was placed in the community.
She expressed her heartfelt thanks to Breadline Africa for helping to make the new facility a reality and expressed a hope that the children would enjoy many happy years of learning and development.
Mr Forbes, Rondeheuwel Primary School Principal, added his thanks and congratulations, encouraging the parents to play an active role in their children’s education. Mr Conrad Poole, executive mayor of Drakenstein Municipality explained that although the project took a long time to come to fruition, he has faith this it will be a major asset to the community for many years to come.
Ali Waggie, Breadline Africa Programme Manager, thanked all the Breadline Africa donors, the local municipality and community members and wished the children and teachers well in their future endeavours.