Fun and success at Chasmay ECD

2019-06-04 06:00
Chasmay Road ECD Centre’s new upgrades have made the children at the centre very happy.

Chasmay Road ECD Centre’s new upgrades have made the children at the centre very happy.

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For the 100 children attending the Chasmay Road Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in Masiphumelele, the journey to success just became more enjoyable.

Masiphumelele is an isiXhosa word referencing ‘success’, and in a township like Masiphumelele where poverty is rife, the journey to success is not always easy.

That is why a number of collaborators in a necessary partnership have made an upgrade of the centre possible.

The centre has been transformed with new play areas, gardens, a revamped parking area, improved water drainage system, and re-roofed buildings which also makes the centre compliant with requirements for the Western Cape Education Department’s funding.

The project was completed by the Rotary Club of Claremont with support from Masicorp.

Children, parents, and teachers alike have celebrated the transformation of the centre.

“Our greatest mission is to offer the children on Masi a good quality education,” said Lindi Hangana, principal of the Chasmay Road ECD Centre, which has been growing from strength to strength since its establishment in 2016.

“Tata Mandela once said that education is a powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. We are planting a seed that will ever grow in the lives of children of Masiphumelele,” adds Hangana.

Ensuring that ECD centres are safe and compliant is a core focus for the Rotary Club of Claremont.

Normally the Club’s Injongo Project assists centres in Philippi, but it extended to Masiphumelele this year with a R600 000 cash injection and the expertise of Masicorp.

The project took two months to complete and was officially revealed in March.

“When we first got onto this site, there was a massive water problem. It was literally a swimming pool in the one corner,” explains David Grant, Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Claremont.

He says they put in water tanks to catch the rainwater coming off the roofs. Masicorp provided the Astroturf.

“It was a miracle seeing the children test out the Astroturf when they first stepped on it. It didn’t take them long for the shoes and socks to come off and they have a ball here,” he says.

“The kids are very happy with this new environment,” concluded Hangana.

V For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont, and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with visit @RotaryClubofClaremont on Facebook.

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