Imagine if your child didn’t have a toilet in their pre-school? Imagine having to walk several hundred metres to a dirty public facility – in the dark and in the rain because there is nothing closer. Many families in townships and informal settlements don’t have to imagine – it’s their reality.
But for the children of Khanyisa Educare Centre in Ikwezi Park, Khayelitsha, that has all changed. On Thursday, 30 September 2021, they received a 6m shipping container converted into a kitchen and toilet facility – now imagine their excitement!
Established in 1999, Khanyisa Educare Centre operates from cramped and unsafe structures that do not meet government’s compliance and as a result, the pre-school has not been able to register for a daily child subsidy. The greatest need at the centre was safe and hygienic toilet and kitchen facilities. With funding from Capfin, Breadline Africa handed over the new facility.
Mrs Nobongile Scott, principal of Khanyisa Educare Centre, expressed her thanks to Capfin and Breadline Africa for their support and for providing the infrastructure.
After a celebratory song performed by the children, Breadline Africa’s Marketing Manager, Johan Nel thanked Capfin for their support. He explained that Breadline Africa had spoken to Capfin about the needs of Khanyisa Educare Centre. Capfin did not hesitate to get involved and immediately agreed to help, realising how important it is for the children to have decent toilet facilities and hygienic kitchen facilities to produce nourishing meals. Mr Mbuso Magwaza, a Khanyisa Educare Centre board member, expressed his gratitude to Capfin and Breadline Africa for making a difference, not only at the centre but in the community as a whole.
Khanyisa Educare Centre can continue to provide a solid educational foundation for hundreds of children, in the knowledge that the strictest health and hygiene measures have finally been met.