Lindokuhle Educare Centre was established in 2007 by Mr Mawethu Gwija making it one of the few pre schools supported by Breadline Africa that is run by a man! Mawethu was moved to start the centre when he learned of a household in Philippi where a step father was abusing two children in the home This tragic incident tore him apart and led him to create a safe space for small children.
In 2016 The Afri CAN Children’s Charity built a brick and mortar structure for Lindokuhle Educare to run their pre school initiative and to move from the shack that they were using This structure included two classrooms, a kitchen and storeroom As the centre grew and with it, the numbers of children enrolled, Mawethu found himself battling with overcrowding He applied to Breadline Africa for a kitchen container, so that he could convert the kitchen he was using into another classroom.
On Friday, 8 February 2019 this dream became a reality when the centre’s new kitchen officially opened One of the parents, Mrs Vathiswa Ndyanda, said: “Not only is it a blessing that Breadline Africa is present in our community, improving Philippi, but Mr Gwija’s involvement, not just as the centre’s principal, but also as Chairperson of the Community Policing Forum means a great deal”.
Ms Puleng Phooko from Breadline Africa expressed her thanks to the donors who funded this and in particular, the Gogarty family Puleng spoke about how the launch was a day for gender de-stereotyping Generally, the pre school education space is inundated with females She added that it was refreshing to see a man involved and showing great interest in the health and welfare of the children of Philippi Mawethu’s story is a real testament of how good things can come from bad.
“Today, a day after the 2019 State of the Nation Address, we have concerns about how the integration of Early Childhood Development into the Department of Education will unfold We are all asking ourselves, will this work? How will it unfold, how long will the transition take and where will the money come from? Nevertheless we accept this proposition, as it is time for change.
Mr Ken Gumbo from The Afri CAN Children’s Charity said he felt that Mawethu was deserving of everything that has come his way and how great it is to celebrate a new chapter in the life of Lindokuhle Educare, as it is the right of every child that goes through this establishment to have access to nutritious meals in a safe environment.