The parents and children of Imizamo Yethu Educare Centre in Khayelitsha celebrated their brand-new toilet facilities at a small launch on 28 October 2021. The project was made possible through the generous support of the Macfarlane Family Foundation. As there was no space on the site, a section of an existing shipping container was converted to provide three toilets and wash basins.
In 2017, the pre-school had received a new container classroom from Breadline Africa to help accommodate the 30 children who attend daily. But there were no formal toilet facilities for the children, and they were using plastic, portable toilets placed on the ground in an exposed, narrow alley behind another classroom structure.
The principal, Florence Gqoboka, was desperate to create a safer, hygienic and more dignified environment for the children and when the Macfarlane Family Foundation saw pictures of the inadequate facilities, they kindly offered to replace them with three proper flushing toilets and plumbed handwashing basins. It was wonderful to hand over the keys for the new toilet facilities and the parents were thrilled to see that the young children now have safe and hygienic facilities to use while attending pre-school.
Florence thanked the Breadline Africa team, Lynne Jooste and the Macfarlane Family Foundation for their donation. She explained that having safe toilets for her children made her very emotional and she could not believe the transformation that took place on her site.
Mrs Zodwa Bhubha, a parent and community member, thanked everyone involved and said that she was happy that the community will see the pre-school is being taken care of and she thanked Breadline Africa for helping the centre improve their facilities for the children.
The director of Breadline Africa, Marion Wagner, said it was such a privilege to be able to be back at the pre-school and see the classroom being well utilised. She explained that Breadline Africa saw the need for toilet facilities, but that due to a lack of space, they could not place a separate toilet structure at the pre-school. Marion thanked the Breadline Africa team for finding a creative solution to the problem by using the existing infrastructure to provide the toilets. Marion thanked the Macfarlane Family Foundation for their financial support which made this possible and concluded by wishing the teachers well as they continue the amazing work that they do.
Ms Lynne Jooste, a member of the Macfarlane Family Foundation, attended the launch and said how lucky she felt to be able to join the celebration and that it was her brother who lives in Canada, who provided the funding that made the project possible. She explained that he loves South Africa and Cape Town and is thrilled to be able to give back into these communities. Lynne thanked Breadline Africa for the work they do throughout South Africa and added that she hoped the toilets would be a wonderful blessing to the children and staff.