Modise donates stuff to project

2016-07-28 06:00
 IKhusela Ikhaya’s Ashley Stemmett, NCOP chair Thandi Modise, Khusela Ikhaya’s Justin Zietsman and Kingdom Kids’ Gloria Gum-Kuzanga during the presentation.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

IKhusela Ikhaya’s Ashley Stemmett, NCOP chair Thandi Modise, Khusela Ikhaya’s Justin Zietsman and Kingdom Kids’ Gloria Gum-Kuzanga during the presentation. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Kingdom Kids, a dedicated non-profit organisation from Site B in Khayelitsha has received some much needed donations.

On Friday, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Ms Thandi Modise and Khusela Ikhaya Project handed over tables, chairs, educational books, shoes, food and 40 litres of fire retardant paint.

Kingdom Kids looks after young children from the area.

Khusela Ikhaya Project, is a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation that focuses on fire prevention in informal settlements, educational and skills development, community upliftment and sports development in previously disadvantaged areas of Cape Town.

Kingdom Kids was started more than ten years ago but was formalised as an NPO in 2012 and Modise said that the country needed more institutions that focused on young children.

“Sometimes we ignore children in the foundation phase and only focus on those at school level and tertiary but I feel that this phase is much more important.

This is where children’s values and belief systems are formed and it is important that such structures are given proper support,” Modise said.

She said that there were quite a few renovations that were needed at the facility and that her office will keep in touch to make sure that the needed renovations are made.

Justin Zietsman, executive director at Khusela Ikhaya, said that they had started by providing fire repelant fires at impoverished communities but they realised that this was not enough.

“When we started with rolling out the paint we found out that there was lack of food in these areas. As much as fire prevention is important but we felt that hunger had to be addressed,” he revealed.

Gloria Gum-Kuzanga, who runs the facility, said that they were grateful that the two parties had come to their rescue.

The organisation takes care of more than 60 children from the community while their parents are at work.

She said that most of the parents worked at low income jobs and could not afford education and child minders for their children.

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