The children of Siluncedo Educare Centre in Imizamo Yethu ( meaning ”our efforts” and commonly known as Mandela Park) were delighted to recently receive a container kitchen thanks to the fundraising efforts of St John’s Beaumont School (Old Windsor, UK) and Breadline Africa’s individual donors.
This early childhood development ( centre previously used a 5 m 2 area leading off one of its classrooms as a kitchen This posed a serious safety risk, as the children had direct access to the kitchen which is also in violation of current ECD safety norms and standards The provision of a separate kitchen facility means that the principal, Thandeka Mcinziba was able to convert the area previously used as a kitchen into a much needed office.
Ms Diane Laugksch, Breadline Africa Strategic Partnerships Manager, explains that this is the first project to be undertaken in partnership with Afri CAN Children’s Charity and Peninsula School Feeding Association She said that the partners were extremely proud of Thandeka, the amazing improvements she has made to the crèche, and for creating a home away from home for the children who attend Siluncedo.
Thandeka is proud to show off her new kitchen and delighted to have received so much support She said that before the improvements she endured many challenges related to space She now has a dedicated office space in the area where the previous kitchen was located.
Ms Nosiseko Siswana from Afri CAN Children’s Charity has been working closely with the centre, and has grown attached, not only to the caregivers, but also to the children And to see them going from strength to strength makes her extremely proud to be based in Hout Bay and able to witness the improvements at Siluncedo.
Ms Camille Paterson, the Afri CAN Children’s Charity Programme Director, said that she was very happy to endorse the organisation’s involvement in this project and strongly believes that developing the foundations for education will prepare children for the future and will in turn strengthen future generations.