Safer kitchen for kids

2019-09-19 06:01
A new kitchen was donated for Siyahluma Educare Centre by an organisation called Breadline Africa. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

A new kitchen was donated for Siyahluma Educare Centre by an organisation called Breadline Africa. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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An early childhood development centre from Khayelitsha received a much-needed boost last week Thursday.

Siyahluma Educare Centre in Enkanini received a new kitchen from Breadline Africa, non-governmental organisation that provides safe and secure shipping containers to ECDs. They convert the containers into kitchens, toilets, classrooms and libraries.

The kitchen, valued at R90 000 is made from a shipping container and will give the centre a new lease in life.

Siyahluma is located in one of the most impoverished communities. It was established in 2011 and looks after 70 children from babies to five years old.

Founder Gloria Bebeza said she started the centre after realising that most children in the area stay at home. She said the area had no ECD and as a result, a lot of children roamed the streets and ended up being victims of abuse.

Bebeza said they are happy with the new kitchen. It has running water and electricity to ensure the children are fed nutritious meals.

Nondumiso Xintolo, principal at the centre, said they used to cook from a shack which was very small and risky for the children. “The new kitchen is big because our fridge, stove, and some appliances used can fit in the kitchen and it is very safe,” she said.

Xintolo thanked the parents for their support. She said they never complain about anything and are always willing to offer support.

A parent Sinothando Rosho said she is now more at ease as the previous kitchen was a fire hazard.

Breadline’s programme manager Puleng Phooko said after being approached by an organisation that works closely with the centre they decided to sponsor the 6-metre container. She said they would have loved to also donate a toilet.

“The centre does not have a sewage system and that is some of the challenges we face when working in informal settlements,” she said.


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