NPO provides safe space

2019-09-03 06:01
The classroom containers and bathroom. PHOTOS: LISA LOTTERING

The classroom containers and bathroom. PHOTOS: LISA LOTTERING

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Joining Hands Community Project provides a safe environment for children, a place for learning and an opportunity to socialise with other children.

The non-profit organisation (NPO), based in Tafelsig, serves as a crèche, a school for Grade Rs and an aftercare.

Jamiela Halien has been part of the NPO for about 26 years. Halien says when the organisation first started, there were only a few children. Today, it accommodates just under 80 children.

She says the organisation enjoys the support of the community.

Fatiema Johnson, a teacher at the organisation, says she used to volunteer at a school before she became involved with the organisation.

She says she has always had a passion for working with children.

“I love what I do and I take care of these children like they are my own.”

Johnson says, as far as possible, the teachers try to allow the children to be children but it can be difficult.

“Sometimes we can’t let them play outside for their own safety and when they do play outside, we always supervise them,” she says.

She says the gates are always locked and are only opened when necessary.

Johnson says it would be of great help if the organisation could get a shaded area put up.

“The children need a shaded area, especially when it is really hot. It would also be wonderful if we could have a play area for them,” she says.

Johnson says the children come to the organisation dressed in uniforms. She says they love it because it makes them feel like they’re in “big school”.

“The children love it here and are really happy to be here,” she adds.

The NPO, which has six teachers, caters for babies to six-year-olds.

Those who would like to support the NPO are welcome to donate books. It also needs help with the installation of electricity, metres and taps, as well as the creation of an outside play area for the learners.

  • Anyone who would be willing to offer assistance can call Johnson on 073 153 7198.

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