Siyakhanyisa’s light shines as renovations bring smiles

2016-06-16 06:00
Leanne Mxunyelwa-Sidinile, the principal of Siyakhanyisa Educare Centre, in Langa, is happy with the renovations to the centre. PHOTO: Mbongiseni mASEKO

Leanne Mxunyelwa-Sidinile, the principal of Siyakhanyisa Educare Centre, in Langa, is happy with the renovations to the centre. PHOTO: Mbongiseni mASEKO

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Siyakhanyisa Educare Centre was in a terrible condition until it was given a new lease on life and its occupants are now brimming with confidence.

Situated in Langa, the crèche was painted over and its walls drawn over with characters suitable for little children.

African Charity made it all possible and the place is now a conducive environment for children to learn, play and live in.

Leanne Mxunyelwa-Sidinile, the principal of the centre, said they did not have toilets, that four of the classes were conducted in one hall, they had no furniture, that the ceiling was sagging and they did not have a garden to grow much needed vegetables.

“It was terrible before. The building was just not in a good condition. The department of health did not even approve of our application(for assistance), because of the state of the building.

The place was even swarming with bees, making the life of children miserable.”

Sidinile said African Charity did more than what was expected.

“I just want to thank them. It is a beautiful centre now. We now have four classes as opposed to one hall for all classes,” Mxunyelwa-Sidinile said.

The centre, which is situated at the back of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, Tiyo Soga Memorial Congregation, was established in 2014.

There are 65 children between the ages of two and five years.

It has suffered burglaries in October last year and January this year; the thieves making off with valuable possessions.

African Charity also started a garden at the centre and also donated some toys for children.

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