New resource centre to pave the way

2019-07-16 06:00
The new computers stationed at the resource centre.

The new computers stationed at the resource centre.

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The Cape Town Multi Service Centre in Salt River has recently been established to help children with their school work.

The newly-launched resource centre is equipped with 10 computers with internet and educational books, and was the result of a community-based non-profit organisation (NPO) Ikamva Ubomi’s commitment to making sure the children have all the resources to do their school work.

The NPO approached a number of businesses to help pave the way for the children’s bright future.

The centre’s foyer and reception area were also refurbished and walls painted in bright colours.

The centre’s director Karolien Wesselink said she was thankful for the wonderful work that was done for the children.

She said: “I am happy that the children now have a formal place to do their homework and school projects without having to worry about being rushed at public places.”

Wesselink further said the plan was to introduce more programmes that would better increase their knowledge of computers.

“With programmes like coding and web development, the children will pave the path to changing their lives for the better and achieving great things,” she said.

She pleaded to those with computer knowledge to volunteer their time by helping the children at the centre to become computer literate.

“At this moment, the children have very little knowledge of computers and would need all the help they could get to familiarise themselves with different programmes,” Wesselink.

Chief executive officer of Ikamva Ubomi Eugene Walker said challenges emerged when trying to get the resource centre up and running, but that did not get in the way of going ahead with plans to get the centre for the children.

“We encountered challenges with getting sponsors to fund the project and we also had problems communicating with our sponsors, but that did not make us give up,” Walker said.

He said the project, including the refurbishing of the foyer and the reception, cost just over R140 000.

Wesselink contributed towards the refurbishing of the foyer from her own pocket.

With the resource centre ready for the children to utilise, Walker said there is still a great need for more books and educational supplies.

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