58 children come to Ethembeni crèche every day, to learn, and to receive a healthy meal.
Lindiwe has two passions . . .
Lindiwe Dlakane’s two passions are children and education.
And she brings the two together at the little crèche she founded in the township of Khayelitsha. Its name is Ethembeni.
If you were to visit there today you’d find 58 children benefiting from early learning education.
Lindiwe and three other teachers are nurturing the ‘bright sparks’ of the future. And the children from Ethembeni who go on to the local primary schools are advantaged by being more than ‘school ready’.
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You see, whilst Lindiwe loves her work, there’s a sadness attached to it . . . those children whose families simply cannot afford the tiny fee she asks for a full month of care and education.
Worst off are the single mothers who struggle to survive on a domestic worker’s low salary, and the grandmothers who have opened their hearts to caring for orphans on their pitiful pension.
These children have no hope of any early childhood education and development, unless Lindiwe could offer them a ‘bursary’.
She uses her brother’s house as the Ethembeni premises. It’s tiny. And whilst there’s only just enough space to accommodate three age groups in three rooms, there’s no suitable outside area for the children to get out into the open air for exercise.
The strip of sand between the house and the street wall would be ideal for use if it was covered with some Astroturf (artificial grass), with the addition of a compact jungle gym.
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