On Friday, 3 September 2021, the children of Nonkululeko Educare Centre in Gugulethu, Western Cape, were the grateful recipients of a new Nutech office and sick bay which enables them to free up much needed classroom space at the pre-school.
Nonkululeko Educare Centre is well run and supported by Breadline Africa’s partner, GROW Educare. Nonkululeko’s principal, Ndileka Khanzi, started the centre in 1989 after seeing children being left unsupervised when parents went out to look for work. Gugulethu (the Xhosa word for ‘our pride’) is characterised by high unemployment and crime and a Nonkululeko provides a much-needed safe learning environment for the children. The centre has grown from 4 to 60 children over the years.
At the first site assessment, Breadline Africa noted that significant classroom space could be freed up by providing a dedicated office/sick bay unit.
At the launch, Ndileka spoke passionately about her pre-school and the children that she supports. She explained how the teachers work hard to give the children a solid foundation and often see themselves as a second mom to the children. She was excited to have more classroom space and a dedicated sick bay and space for office work. This additional infrastructure also means that the centre meets government regulations with respect to ensuring that these specific facilities are also available at Early Childhood Development centres.
Breadline Africa also handed over beautiful knitted items kindly made by the “Nimble Knitters” group in the UK. These incredible ladies have supported Breadline Africa for many years and regularly donate beautiful, warm, winter clothing for many pre-school children. We are very grateful for their support and, as always, the children were thrilled with their new knitted gloves, caps, scarves and jerseys.
Breadline Africa is proud to support pre-schools like Nonkululeko Educare Centre and we know that they will continue to develop future young leaders for many years to come.