On Tuesday, 30 March 2021 the children of Nikithemba Educare Centre in Khayelitsha, Western Cape, were the grateful recipients of a new classroom, comprised of two joined six-metre containers, thanks to the generosity of Breadline Africa’s donors. The centre has been operating since 2006 and provides 38 children with a place to learn from 6am to 6pm, five days a week.
Bianca Bezuidenhout created a Facebook birthday fundraiser for Breadline Africa and raised over R15,000 in March, which was used to help complete this classroom.
“I have a philosophy I wanted to live by this year and that is to show up. Show up for your friends, show up for your family, show up for your community. There are people dependant on you to do what God has called you to do and that is exactly what Breadline Africa has done for these children. They showed up. I am so grateful to be part of this. Thank you so much to the Breadline Africa team and every single donor that was involved. I know a brighter future lies ahead for these special children.” Bianca said.
Another amazing donor, Anton Heese, ran the London Marathon route during lockdown in 2020 and raised R140,000 from family and friends. Anton’s contribution also made this classroom possible. Thank you Anton and friends for this amazing gift!
During the event, a parent, Ms Nonkoliseko Qavile, spoke of the difference that this classroom will make for her child and many others for years to come. She shared how happy her child is going to the school every day – especially now that there is a new classroom. All the children are extremely excited about all the new things they are going to learn here. Ms Qavile thanked all the donors and the Breadline Africa team.
Nosphiwo Dzedze, the principal of Nikithemba Educare Centre, was delighted to be receiving a new classroom. She expressed her happiness and gratitude to everyone for allowing the school to grow and for giving each child a safe space to learn. She hoped that Breadline Africa might also be able to help her with a new kitchen/ toilet container in the future.
Director of Breadline Africa, Marion Wagner, thanked Nosphiwo and expressed what a great privilege it is to help centres like Nikithemba Educare. She said “days like this remind us of our purpose and the reason the Breadline Africa team love doing what they do. . However, we cannot do this without the incredibly special people who help us. Today, we have a wonderful donor, Bianca attending the launch and she is one of those special people along with Anton and all our Breadline Africa donors. Thank you all for making this possible and a big shout out to the teachers, the principal and everybody involved in this centre.”
The children ended off the launch by wishing Bianca a happy birthday with a special birthday song rendition!