Donations will change kids

2018-05-31 06:00
Members of Early Childhood Development Forum in Khayelitsha with the donation of furniture for their respective centres. Councillor Anele Gabuza is in the centre, wearing a brown leather jacket.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Members of Early Childhood Development Forum in Khayelitsha with the donation of furniture for their respective centres. Councillor Anele Gabuza is in the centre, wearing a brown leather jacket.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Members of the Early Childhood Development Forum in Khayelitsha were exhilarated after receiving edu-care materials from their ward councillor at Masibambane Hall in Harare last Friday.

About 14 edu-care centres benefited from the offering. Among the material were four mattresses, eight wooden chairs, two tables and four fleece blankets to each centre.

Ward 98 councillor Anele Gabuza said his objective is to improve the standard of the edu-care centres in his ward.

“I bought the material with the ward allocation budget. I believe the little that we do will make a difference to the children. These children come from very disadvantage families, and who have nothing, but would wish that their children be something one day,” said Gabuza.

He described edu-care centres as part of community development.

“These facilities help our communities to look after our children.

“They (Edu-care centres) are the foundation phase for preparing our children to be ready for school.

“That is why we need to provide them with good material in order to equip them(for the future),” said Gabuza.

Boniswa Mxakaza, chairperson of the Early Childhood Development Forum in Khayelitsha, described the contribution as a great boost to their efforts.

“We thank the councillor for his intervention and we believe the material will make a great difference.

“And a great impact to our centres in improving standards,” she said.

Mxakaza emphasised that they still faced the challenge of registering their edu-care centres as some of them don’t meet the requirements­.

Zuzeka Titi, one of the beneficiaries and owner of Siphamandla Edu-Care Centre in Harare said her kids used to sit on plastic chairs, but will now repose on wooden chairs.

“For 14 years of running my centre, I’ve been struggling to get a grant-in-aid to support my centre, but this will change our life.”

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