Home from home facelift good

2017-09-28 06:00
Children from Lizo Nobandla Early Childhood Centre (ECD) and Home form Home Resource Centre, in Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MAseko

Children from Lizo Nobandla Early Childhood Centre (ECD) and Home form Home Resource Centre, in Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MAseko

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The renovation of a home to vulnerable children has received the thumbs up from stakeholders.

Lizo Nobanda Early Childhood Centre (ECD) and Home from Home Resource Centre, was unveiled on Thursday, after undergoing renovations, which started early in the year.

The renovations included a new makeover of the kitchen, with a room converted into a library, a new therapy room and a playground for the kids.

Home from Home is a foster-care programme that provides a nurturing environment to vulnerable children in and around Cape Town.

Home from Home’s social workers, foster parents and support staff look after the children in small family homes located within their own communities – where they feel safe, loved and secure.

The aim is to raise them to fulfil their potential as the independent and responsible adults they were born to be.

Megan Pringle, fund-raising officer for Home from Home said the renovation was made possible by funders who include Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (YKK) South Africa and the Ackerman Foundation.

“The children here receive a fantastic education. Some parents in the area tell us that they would love to see their children being part of the centre. After it was closed in 2005, we then took over and re-opened it in 2006. We would love to open the doors to as many children as possible in future,” Pringle said.

Pringle said they have eight homes in the city which have six children each aged between the ages of 2 to 18 who stay with their foster-mothers.

They also have about 50 children who come every afternoon to do their school work and get meals.

She said most of the children in the ECD have slim chances of re-uniting with their families in future, but they are optimistic that some will do when they grow-up.

Pringle also said the ECD needs about R400 000 to keep it running every year.

Thembeka Qubuda, the principal, said the renovation was good for the ECD.

“It is very beautiful. I am so happy. There was sand in the playground, but now we have artificial grass which is good for us. We have children who get very important education. We are not babysitters, but educators,” Qubuda said.

Nombulelo Ntanjana, a mother of five children who attended the unveiling, said, the ECD does a good job in the area.

“The centre is very clean and secured. They have everything they need, including quality education, which bodes well for them. I am very happy for the renovation,” she said.

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