There was huge excitement on 19 November 2020, as Breadline Africa handed over two new classrooms as well as a toilet, kitchen and office facility at Lusanda Educare Centre in Kraaifontein, in the Western Cape.
Established in 2000, Lusanda Educare Centre was selected by Breadline Africa in January 2020 to receive infrastructural support from the organisation. The centre currently operates from the home of the principal, Mrs Mavis Mtsitshe and is registered with the Department of Social Development to operate as an Early Childhood Development Centre, but on the proviso that the monthly subsidy is calculated on the size of the facility at Mavis’s home. This means that only 49 children were eligible to receive the government’s monthly subsidy. This is less than half of the 110 children who attend the school daily. Breadline Africa agreed to establish the much-needed additional space on a nearby piece of land, which had been purchased by Mrs Mtsitshe.
Mavis gave an emotional speech, explaining how she had started looking after the children almost 21 years ago and had bought land in 2012. She thanked Breadline Africa for helping her reach her dream. She said that it had been a long road and not always easy. She had been looking for funders for an exceptionally long time to assist her in creating a bigger educare centre. She happily added that each time she comes to the site, she is reminded that waiting pays off.
Diane Laugksch, Breadline Africa’s Strategic Partnerships Manager expressed her happiness that Mavis now has a safe space for all her children to grow and learn. She expressed how proud she was of all the work that had gone into this project and that the children of the community would enjoy this beautiful centre for many years to come.