After-care for Lwandle’s kids

2019-05-09 06:00
Emily Stofels Ndumiso with the books she received as a donation from the Rotary Club for Grade 1 learners of Ikhaya After-school. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Emily Stofels Ndumiso with the books she received as a donation from the Rotary Club for Grade 1 learners of Ikhaya After-school. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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Her dream is one day to produce professionals such as lawyers and doctors from the same community they hail from.

Emily Stoffels Ndumiso hopes to achieve this through the Ikhaya After-school she runs in Greenfields, Lwandle during the week.

She has been running the after-school since 2017, after witnessing a terrible incident in which a minor was killed.

Ndumiso told City Vision that after the visit to the child’s home she couldn’t sleep that night.

That is when the idea to run an after-school was born, and since then she hasn’t looked back.

“I said to myself why can’t we prevent these bad things from occurring to our kids, instead of showing sympathy whenever something bad happens,” said Ndumiso.

She believes children fall victim to predators after coming back from school with no-one to look after them, their parents probably at work and the children are left to their own devices.

“When I started I had only three kids,” the mother of four said. “I think it’s God who opened my mind to do this. And in 2017 I had up to 45 children in my after-school.”

The number rose so much she could not accommodate all the children in her lounge, as they also impacted on her family.

Ndumiso then decided to rent a space, aside from doing entrepreneurial courses on the side to empower herself.

She was lucky as she met sponsors such as the Erinvale Eagles Charity, which helped her to renovate the house. Ndumiso hopes one day to have her own proper place.

She currently has four people working with her, who assist with English, Afrikaans and mathematics classes.

“They assist me with homework for children after coming from school,” she said. “After they are done they get the extra lesson, while on Friday they do a spelling and reading test.”

The after-school assists primary school learners and this year has 53 of them, the highest number since it opened its doors.

The children’s parents pay R200 monthly.

Ndumiso wants to attract more young people to come and assist them especially those with Grade 12.

“We also want to create job opportunities for the community, and that’s our goal,” she says. “Also, to reduce child abuse and empower literacy skills for our children.”

Ndumiso hopes what she does will also have an impact on the pass rate of matrics at local schools in future.

She says parents come to her to thank them for the role she and her team fulfil, as they see better results from the children’s schoolwork.

Ndumiso says she feels very proud to wake every morning when they hear of the impact they are making in the children’s lives.

The after-school recently received a donation of books from the Rotary Club, which will help Grade 1 learners with reading material.

Ndumiso also thanked NBP Foundation for the role they have played at the after-school.

The women who help Ndumiso are Marry Soldati, Minah Hashibi, Nosicelo Matross and Thunathi Mabompo.

The after-school is run from 13:30 to around 17:00 on weekdays.


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