Family day care home appeals for funding

2018-07-26 06:01
PHOTO: andile sitholeZandile Ntuli assists the community by taking care of children while their parents are at work.

PHOTO: andile sitholeZandile Ntuli assists the community by taking care of children while their parents are at work.

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A HOME-based day care in Buffelsdraai, outside Verulam, is appealing to the community to assist them in raising funds to build a day care centre for the community.

Co-founder of the Phakamani Day Care Zandile Ntuli (40) said her dream is to have a huge centre looking after children aged two months to three years old.

Her passion for children grew when her sister passed away, leaving behind her children.

“When my sister passed away I had to look after her babies — perhaps what motivated me to take care of the children was the fact that I had a lot of miscarriages. In that vein, I felt inspired to start a day care home for my Buffelsdraai community.

“When I saw children playing around on the muddy roads while parents were at work, I felt the need to start a day care that will look after the children when parents are at work during the course of the day,” Ntuli said.

However, she said, since the inception of the home day care, there have been teething problems:“I work in my house. I really need funds to build a day care centre that will cater for the children coming from other communities.

“Due to financial constraints, I’m unable to buy toys and books for the children. At the moment I dig deeper into my own pockets to buy toys and exercise books for the children.

“My dream is to get sponsors who will contribute towards the building of the day care for these children,” Ntuli said.

Ntuli said, after opening the centre, parents supported her idea and started to bring in their children to her home.

DA PR councillor Chris Langa said: “Mushrooming of child day care homes gives me hope that our children will be safe from rapists. In rural communities, young children are often found in the streets.

“I am going to embark on a campaign to ask for donations. We will get them food hampers and blankets,” Langa said.

Anyone wanting to offer assistance can contact Ntuli at 066 004 5716.

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