Breadline Africa’s generous donors changed the circumstances of the children attending two pre-schools in the farming community of Grabouw on Friday, 8 November 2019. Mbalentle Educare Centre and Golden Kids Educare Centre each received two converted shipping containers that had been joined to form a spacious classroom.
Grabouw lies in the Overberg area of the Western Cape and is well known for its agriculture and tourism. The fertile Elgin Valley is where 65 of South Africa’s export apples are produced and hence referred to as the ‘valley of apples’. The many towns along the coast and in the interior are popular tourist destinations. Grabouw is about 70 km from the city of Cape Town and the route passes the township and shacks of Khayelitsha, through Somerset West and up and over the steep 420 m Sir Lowry’s Pass, before arriving in the scenic valley surrounded by mountains.
Mbalentle Educare Centre started in January 2014 and is named in memory of founder, Nomthandazo (Thandy) Mposi’s daughter, Mbalentle, who sadly passed away in a car crash on 29 September 2013. Mbalentle means “beautiful flower”. The new classroom will be used to accommodate the 22 Grade Rs (children aged six, who are preparing to start Grade one).
Breadline Africa’s Partnership Manager, Ms Diane Laugksch congratulated the school and the community on their new classroom, and added: “The great part about what we do is that we get to share beautiful dreams and hopes It’s never fun to play alone. So thank you to our partners it is wonderful to walk this journey with you. No school can be successful without the community so thank you for coming today and showing your passion and commitment to your children You are the heroes”
And then it was off to Golden Kids Educare Centre, which was established in 2010 and is currently managed by Mr Hendrick Fredericks Their classroom will also accommodate Grade R students.
Both schools are supported by Afri-CAN Charity, Peninsula School Feeding Association and the Elgin Learning Foundation. Both managers thanked Breadline Africa for their beautiful classrooms and thanked their partners for their dedication. Golden Kids’ Mr Fredericks said: “Thank you to Afri-CAN Charity and The Peninsula Feeding Association for making sure the children have full tummies and are growing up strong. To my fellow crèche owners and principals, thank you for supporting us and to everyone here today, thank you for sharing this special day with us.”