Thanks to the generosity of Ms Sheila Heath, who left a legacy in her Will, along with the parishioners of the Church of St Anthony of Padua of West Moors, Dorset and the Vallely family, the community has a brand-new building at the Tafelsig Early Learning Centre.

Located in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, the centre has had a long relationship with Breadline Africa, as it was one of the many Catholic Welfare and Development (CWD) community development programmes funded by Breadline Africa between 1994 and 2010. In 2004, Breadline Africa placed three converted shipping containers at the centre to support the delivery of pre-school and after-school programmes.

These containers that were used as classrooms were recently declared unsafe by the City of Cape Town Fire and Safety Services. This created some urgency for additional classroom space to be provided so that the 85 children enrolled in the pre-school and after-school programmes could be accommodated.

Diane Laugksch, Breadline Africa’s Strategic Partnerships Manager, said that it was a great pleasure to be partnering with CWD again. She explained that Breadline Africa was established by Peter Templeton 26 years ago as part of CWD and then branched off as Breadline Africa to fundraise internationally. A recent bequest from long-standing Breadline Africa donor, Ms Sheila Heath of Bromley in the United Kingdom, made the placement of the classrooms possible. In her Will, Ms Heath requested that Breadline Africa collaborate with CWD to support a local community project. CWD was able to raise the additional funding needed from the Church of St Anthony of Padua of West Moors, Dorset and the Vallely family.

Walter Tarr, Director of CWD, expressed his sincere thanks to the many people who made this project possible. In particular, he thanked the staff of Tafelsig Early Learning Centre who “have endured a difficult time during the past few months, but who remain enthusiastic and committed to the children of Tafelsig.”

He also thanked Barry Smith for his very valuable contribution towards staff stipends as well as his support of the feeding programme, which ensures that 120 children are fed each day. Donations from the Sea Point Parish were also gratefully acknowledged.

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