Help fix ECD centre

2018-07-17 06:00
Luntu Educare Centre in Philippi.

Luntu Educare Centre in Philippi.

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Mowbray-based South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) launches the #FixLuntu project aimed at raising funds for a Philippi early childhood development programme tomorrow, Wednesday 18 July.

The project is being launched as part of Mandela Day celebrations­.

It will be raising funds to help make Luntu Educare Centre a better and safer place for learning. The centre was founded by a resident who is passionate about working with children in her community and has been part of SAEP for over two years.

SAEP’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme supports underresourced township crèches by providing them with training, mentoring and assistance to comply with government and Department of Social Development (DSD) regulations in order to legally register their educare centres­.

Lindsey Concer of SAEP says while the learning programmes and child care have flourished, the physical centre is not up to the standards one would want for the children who attend the school.

The centre was reportedly started with “nothing but a dream” as a business but its founder, Linda Nosilela, later turned it into a childcare centre but has not yet been registered due to poor infrastructure. This is why SAEP has decided on this fundraiser.

Concer says they aim to raise about R167 000 for the centre. She says the money will go towards plumbing, ceilings, flooring, electrical wiring, doors and windows needing replacement.

Describing the condition of the centre, Concer says: “The building currently is not up to the required standards of safety to be a registered centre. While Linda and her team do everything they can to make sure the children are safe at all times it would make their work much easier if they could solely focus on the learning and development of the children.”

She says they hope to reach their target soon as they have already received some generous donations and she appeals to the public to support them. They will be at the centre tomorrow and anyone interested is welcome to join.

“We have a few key people interested so far. We have also had a very generous donation from the firm Hulme and Associates Civil Engineers of R50 000 as well as many hours of their valuable time on the design of the rebuild. One of our board members, Gina Leinberger, and her husband have also agreed to pay R20 000 towards the flooring materials. Gina has been working closely with Linda to get this centre where it needs to be.”

Concer says it is so important for children to have a safe, comfortable space in which to learn. She says without a proper basic learning environment and sufficient support a child struggles for the rest of their schooling career and likely in their personal life as well.

Nosilela says the current structure has leaks and she understands the risk it poses to children.

Her childcare centre currently accommodates 73 children aged one to five.

V The Public is urged to donate R67, R670 or R6700 through the crowdfunding page: www.givengain.com/cc/fixluntu

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