Claremont centre cares

2017-07-25 06:01
Toys and learning equipment were donated by the Claremont-based Centre of Early Childhood Development and its partners to an educare on Mandela Day.

Toys and learning equipment were donated by the Claremont-based Centre of Early Childhood Development and its partners to an educare on Mandela Day.

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The Claremont-based Centre of Early Childhood Development (CECD) partnered with Poco and Anchor Industries to improve the quality of services offered at the Sunshine Educare in Wolwerivier.

The centre, through its partners, donated mattresses, a kitchen unit, a ward­robe, educational equipment and toys for Mandela Day.

The CECD’s event manager, Najwah Mukadam, says the day is a call to action for people to honour former president Nelson Mandela’s values by volunteering and through community service, and to realise the power each person has to make a difference.

Mukadam says: “Sunshine Educare faces many challenges in Wolwerivier but, despite these, continues to provide quality early learning services to the young children in its care. The centre has become a symbol of hope in the ­community.”

She says through the event, the CECD, together with Poco, aim to make a positive impact on the lives of young children in Wolwerivier.

According to Sunshine’s founder Nikki Pretorius, the centre looks after 107 children daily and has another 500 coming to the soup kitchen.

She says despite its full-time commitment to helping the children and providing early childhood education, there are about 2000 adults who also get help from the centre.

Pretorius says the majority of people in the community have no sustainable income and are on medication.

“The donation has changed our lives because we can now comply with the health and safety rules, using proper equipment for our soup kitchen. It enabled us to set up a kitchen we did not have before.

“We used to struggle trying to serve over 2000 people from a poorly equipped environment. Some of them are taking medication and are living in poverty, yet we have taken it into our hands to provide them with meals and not just focus on children,” she explains. “We are still the only facility in the area and the community is even more reliant on our assistance than before. Poverty has worsened due to a larger number of residents and reduced public transport. They also have tiny houses and no space for vegetable farming.”

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