Creche to take off soon

2018-03-13 06:00
New creche coming soon.

New creche coming soon.

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Former president Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

It is with this in mind that Pastor Prosper Torchere founded the daycare centre, Ark Angels Educare, in a small corrugated iron shack, in response to the enormous need for pre-primary education and childcare in Overcome Heights.

Operating from a shack will soon be a thing of the past.

The new building of the daycare centre, which will get off the ground soon after Easter, will be operational towards the end of July. Once completed, the daycare centre will have four classrooms for children aged 10 months to six years, an office and caretaker unit, kitchen, storeroom and sanitation facilities. Outside, there will be a small play area for the kids to enjoy.

The shack also served as a church over weekends. Torchere says in this informal settlement children are subjected daily to squalor and violence and are unprepared for school. “We found out that 69% of them (about 3500 children) have no access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) facilities. Our vision is to build a new Educare centre for children in the Overcome Heights/Seawinds area, offering reliable care and education and creating employment within the community.”

He says in 2016 the Department of Informal Settlements granted permission to develop the small site of 596m2 in St Patrick Road for an ECD centre. “The site belongs to the City of Cape Town and only movable structures are permitted. Letters of support for the project were received from ward councillor Gerry Gordon, City fire and health departments, social development and human settlements.”

The Schooling, Education, Empowerment and Development (Seeds) Trust, George Kuratle (Switzerland) and the Wood Student Foundation (WSF) have engaged jointly to plan and build this new environmentally friendly daycare facility. “Thanks to the generosity of our various corporate and private sponsors we are able to start with the building process. For the first time the Novatop system will be used to build a movable prefabricated wooden structure in an informal settlement.

“Construction work will commence at the beginning of April,” says Torchere.

Ark Angels Educare relies on donations and the nominal monthly school fees paid by parents will be insufficient to cover the running costs.

Government grants to supplement the school fees can only be applied for once the new facility is registered with the Department of Social Development – but this government grant may only be applied for after the construction has been completed. Also, in order to be registered, the school must firstly reside in a building conducive to learning.

V For more information or to donate to help with the running costs, call Prosper Torchere on 076 082 4324 or email www.arkangels.org.za.

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