Small donations can go a long way at Philippi centre

2015-04-30 14:47

Bonisa Ntsile, principal of Bonisa Educare Centre in Philippi.

Bonisa Ntsile, principal of Bonisa Educare Centre in Philippi.

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Tables and chairs make life a little easier for the owner and pupils at an educare centre in Philippi.

This was made possible through a generous donation by the Rotary Club of Newlands.

Bill Meyer from the Rotary Club says the club identified the need to make principal Bonisa Ntsile’s daily tasks a bit ­easier by donating tables and chairs for the children to sit at while learning their lessons.

Bonisa Educare Centre is situated in Lower Cross Roads, Philippi.

“In an area where unemployment is high, the school fees paid don’t stretch to cover all the running costs of the centre.” says Meyer. Now the much-needed funding can rather be spent on running costs, teachers’ salaries and food.

Phillipi resident Ntsile says the centre cares for children whose parents are working and do no have the means to care for them during the day while they are not at home.

“At the same time the children get a good start on their road to education,” she says.

Six years ago, Ntsile set out to fulfil her dream of running an educare centre in her community with the dream of creating a safe environment for youngsters.

And a year later she was caring for about 40 children.

“We started in a shack next to my house with 14 children,” Ntsile recalls. “By the end of that year, we had grown to triple that number, so it was time to move to new premises.”

Today the Bonisa Educare Centre consists of two classrooms, a nursery and a kitchen and caters for over 80 children.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Rotary Club of Newlands, not only for the donation but for the fact that people do care about this little educare centre in Cape Town.

“This is a place where giving a little means a lot,” Ntsile says.

Meanwhile, five of the centre’s helpers attend college one day a week each, studying for a qualification in early childhood development.

Meyer says the centre is in the process of becoming a registered educare centre, but until such time, every rand needs to be stretched as far as possible.

To find out how you can contribute to Bonisa Educare Centre, or for more information about the Rotary Club of New­lands, visit or email

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