Zamokuhle Educare Centre, Khayelitsha, Cape Town launch of a classroom and toilet/kitchen Friday, 31 August 2018

It was an emotional day at Zamokuhle Educare Centre as principal, Lucy Monareng invited guests to share in the joy as they opened a new classroom and combination toilet/kitchen container.

Lucy introduced her speech with the song: “My mother was a kitchen cleaner, my father was a garden worker; that’s why I am a child care worker”. The lyrics were a perfect reflection of Lucy’s dedication to the children in her care. She thanked all the guests for attending and praised her staff, the pillars of her strength and adding that even though they had their own families, they had dedicated their time and efforts to the children in the community.

Pamela Ndaba, the Aftercare Programme Facilitator, who teaches the children lifeskills and the importance of cleanliness and respect, commented that when Lucy started the centre it like running a ‘doll house’, because it was so small. She commended Breadline Africa for ‘making the circle bigger’ by helping Zamokuhle reach their dreams of having a better infrastructure. She said that they had seen Breadline Africa’s work in their communities and were very appreciative support and infrastructure donated.

Mncedisi Mbatha – VPUU Manager – applauded Lucy for always thinking outside of the box and commented that women in general (taking into consideration that August is Women’s month), are the ones doing impactful work in their communities. “In their wounds, when they feel pain, they know exactly what the children are going through, they can relate and thereby give the appropriate care”.

Nyasha Njela from Breadline Africa borrowed from the hymn “Brighten the Corner Where You Are”, explaining that the principals in early childhood development centres are doing exactly that, making the best of the situations they find themselves in. She thanked Granbuild for donating the two containers to Breadline Africa and applauded Lucy for her perseverance and commitment to the children in the community.

Vivian McDonald, a friend and partner of Lucy, was very emotional when she spoke about how the dreams of one woman had finally come true. Many years ago, Lucy worked for her as a nanny to her three-month-old baby daughter. During this time, Lucy still had big dreams that she wanted to achieve. And it seems that these dreams had come true. Vivian’s daughter had turned 17 in that year and was as tenacious as Lucy had ever been, proving what an incredible teacher and mentor Lucy is to the children that she cares for.

Lucy’s parting words to her guests were that she now had the courage to call Mr Bennet from the local municipality’s Fire and Safety Department to do his inspection!

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