On a chilly morning at the end of August, a group of excited parents and supporters gathered at Tiny Tots Pre-school to celebrate the launch of their new classroom and long-awaited combination kitchen/toilet.

Lucy Monareng of nearby Zamokuhle Day Care Centre was the programme director for the day and she welcomed everyone to this much-anticipated event. Lucy is also a beneficiary of Breadline Africa’s container programme and has personal experience of the joy that comes with the launch of a new classroom or kitchen!

The pre-school’s principal, Sindiswa Duna welcomed all the neighbours, parents and principals of the surrounding facilities. She explained that in 2018, with the help of her son, she had searched on Google to find Breadline Africa and submitted an application for assistance. When she received the news that her application was successful, she could not contain her joy.

The converted shipping containers that would form a classroom, kitchen and toilet soon arrived and the children could not wait to explore. Sindiswa thanked the donors for their generosity and explained the importance of the brand-new classroom that accommodates all the children, the kitchen where the cooks can prepare meals in a happy environment and the toilets which flush with handbasins for the children to wash their hands. Sindiswa thanked Breadline Africa’s donors for helping and for uplifting the pre-schools in Khayelitsha.

Local resident, Zanele Kwezi conveyed her thanks to the principal for her support to the parents. As a mother, registering her child at Tiny Tots was a good decision and she knows that the children receive the best care. When she had to take her older daughter to the Red Cross Hospital, she knew she could depend on Sindiswa to look after her little one. Mdebuka Mthwazi, Director of Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development, congratulated Tiny Tots on their new structures and asked that the people of Khayelitsha embrace, appreciate and support partnerships such as this.

Melanie Jackson, Marketing Manager of Breadline Africa thanked everyone for attending the launch.  She added that her visits to Khayelitsha have become visiting family and meeting new friends. She wished Sindiswa and her team many happy years of helping children learn and grow!

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