New building brings joy and hope

2019-10-31 06:01
iIsibane seAfrika Traditional Group entertains people during the opening of the centre.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

iIsibane seAfrika Traditional Group entertains people during the opening of the centre.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Excitement was evident on the faces of the parents of children from Masibulele Educare Centre in Makhaza during the opening of the new building on Saturday 19 October.

The centre, which was established in 1995, has been operating from a shack until members of LivCurious in partnership with Uthando South Africa organisations intervened. The two organisations provided building material for the construction of the facility which started in April. It was completed at the beginning of this month.

LivCurious is an organisation committed to creating sustainable change by implementing innovative solutions through its social project and events management services.

Uthando SA is a unique model of Travelling Philanthropy and Responsible Tourism linking the local and international tourism industry focused on South Africa with a broad range of innovative, inspiring and well-managed community development projects.

The centre is accommodating 130 children ranging from babies to six-year-olds. The double-storey centre has a sickbay, kitchen, four classrooms, office, five toilets for children and one for adults and a shower.

Principal Nwabisa Xaba described the centre as one of the oldest in the area. She said they’ve been struggling for many years operating from a corrugated iron structure.

Xaba said children will now be studying in a safe environment. “We used to struggle when it was raining, cold or windy because all the conditions had an impact on the children. There will be no disturbance now even if it’s raining,” said Xaba. She vowed to keep the new building clean all the time.

Speaking on behalf of LivCurious, Olivia Krok said they aim to provide a safe space for children to learn.

“We want the children to get the best education at an early age because this is the most crucial phase in their lives. They need to learn basics for them to succeed,” she said.

Krok said the first 1 000 days of a child’s life are the most significant. “It is in these important moments that they learn to talk, dance and play.

“It is then that they learn to love and care for themselves and others,” said Krok. She said it is important for children to attend school every day so they won’t miss out on what’s being taught as they are learning every day.

Parent Nolusindiso Biyana praised both organisations who contributed to building the centre cited it’s been long overdue.

“All my children started crèche here and at that time it was operated by its founder Thandi. Even the current principal Nwabisa who is her (Thandi) is still handling it fine,” she said adding that she like it because it is not too far from her house and there is no need for transport,” she said.

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