To mark an International Mitzvah Day (Good Will Day) Mensch Foundation and Jedi Tedi Foundation joined hands with the Green Point-based Pinocchio Crèche project to raise awareness about its needs.
Mitzvah Day is a Jewish day of social action celebrated every November - this year it was held on Sunday 17 November. The celebration was held at the crèche, with a launch of the partnership.
Helen Shongwe-Phillips, principal at Pinocchio, says: “The continued relationship will ensure we have a better chance of meeting our needs and grow in strength. After an inspiring site meeting and engagement, Pinocchio was decided upon as a project to adopt. We were elated – partly because some assume we are a wealthy, well-funded organisation because we’re based on the Atlantic Seaboard – an area considered to be affluent. This will often result in us being overlooked as a cause to support – in favour of projects based in informal settlements.”
Shongwe-Phillips says proceeds from the campaign will help with the upgrading of the facility.
“This is a great need, in addition, we have a request for various appliances, bedding, educational, play and technological equipment which will enhance the quality of our curriculum and holistic care.
“It would be greatly foolish and short-sighted for educational institutions to not notice the obvious changes in our world and our obligation to add value accordingly,” she says.
She says the crèche has 70 children under the care of qualified staff, volunteers and a gardener. It produces organic food to feed the children and sell to neighbours.
Shongwe-Phillips extends her gratitude to all who have supported them and those who will support them in the future.
Shana Kagan, founder of the Jedi Foundation, says in a statement that their decision to help the crèche is to give back and recognise the “amazing” work it is doing. “Support this amazing historic community-based crèche,” Kagan says.