On a chilly winter day in the Western Cape, Lulama Nendtsa the principal of Oluthando Daycare and Aftercare welcomed visitors to the launch of her brand new converted shipping container preschool. The donation was made possible by Breadline Africa’s individual donors and Mr and Mrs Roche, who funded the kitchen/toilet container conversion.

Prior to the development of the new centre, Lulama had been running her ECD centre in her home and using one of her children’s bedrooms as a classroom. All the children were making use of one toilet, and several potties, but the new facility has made all the difference!

The Reverend Father Richard Dunsdon from Portlands Anglican Diocese wished the centre greater new beginnings and on behalf of the community, expressed heartfelt appreciation for the work that they have been doing.

Ms Mthobile a grandparent of one of the learners, and a correctional officer by profession, was pleased to have taken the time off work to join in the celebration. She has witnessed her grandchild develop and mature since she started at Olothando Educare ..“Each week, as she learns new things, I re-learn some too, and we both grow stronger and wiser. She is keeping me young and I’m becoming a better me,” she said

Lulama thanked Breadline Africa’s donors, explaining how special this gift is as the government does not give subsidies to early childhood centres in the entire Breederiver region, where the centre is situated.

Puleng Phooko from Breadline Africa said that it was fitting that the launch took place during National Protection Week, reminding everyone to care, protect and create safe and secure environments for the young. She added that it is clear that Lulama has so much love and is not selfish with it during the week, she takes care of 50 children under the age of six, and in the afternoon, she welcomes an additional 27 older children to the aftercare During her spare time, Lulama co-manages a local old age home. Breadline Africa is delighted to be associated with such a wonderful centre.