‘Buy a brick’ to help a child

2017-07-04 06:00
Photo: SuppliedKim Griffith Jones (RHF co-ordinator), Queen Khuzwayo, (founder and owner of Siyanda Crèche), Robyn Keulder (RHF committee member) and Eldah Mbatha (Christian Social Services).

Photo: SuppliedKim Griffith Jones (RHF co-ordinator), Queen Khuzwayo, (founder and owner of Siyanda Crèche), Robyn Keulder (RHF committee member) and Eldah Mbatha (Christian Social Services).

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THE 2017 focus for The Robin Hood Foundation has been on early childhood development.

According to Cindy Norcott, founder and chairlady: “This is the most important area to get the foundations right for small children to be able to learn and grow to their full potential.

“We believe that education is the main key to eradicating poverty.

“The first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important. They are the foundation that shapes children's future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general.”

From March to May the RHF have visited over 20 under-resourced creches with the “Love to Read” campaign and have distributed book shelves, filled with books, toys, educational implements, porridge, biscuits and eats, colouring­-in books and crayons and party packs for the children.

This campaign highlighted the plight of some of the poorest crèches where there is a daily struggle to care for the children.

Norcott said: “We were touched by the teachers­ bursting into tears when receiving the books and toys because for the first time they are equipped to teach the children in their schools.

“One that really stood out was Siyanda Crèche, highlighted to us by The Christian Social Services because of the incredible story and passion behind the young woman that owns the crèche as well as the happy little hearts that attend the crèche even though they are in desperate need of a structural build as well as safety and educational elements and proper ablution facilities.”

The foundation’s aims is to now raise R350 000 to build new, refurbish old and fully fit the classrooms for a new and improved Siyanda Crèche that will serve many generations of children to come and officially become the feeder school to Lalelani Primary, which is just below the crèche.

“Giving the children in this community a good educational start in life will go a long way to help them make a meaningful contribution to society in the future,” added Norcott.

If you would like to get involved or buy a brick for only R10 to help contribute towards this build, contact the RHF on info@robinhoodfoun dation.co.za

- Supplied.

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