A COMMUNITY CRECHE GETS A “MAKE OVER”

DSC07144Each year Grade 10 learners from Epworth Independent Girls High, with sponsorship from Deloitte, partner with Thandanani to give an under resourced school or crèche a “Make-Over”.

This year it was the turn of the Mpumuza Community Crèche to receive a much needed make-over. Before the make-over the crèche only had 15 children enrolled and, while they had a decent sized building, they had little in the way of equipment & resources and the building itself was in need of repairs and maintenance.

Epworth and Deloitte took up the challenge of transforming this crèche into a child friendly resource for the Mpumuza community. They spent four days on site painting, cleaning, fixing and building under the guidance of African Exposure staff who handled all the on-site logistics.

The crèche was completely transformed in these four days. It is now a beautiful child friendly space – somewhere where parents will want to send their children. In fact reports indicate that enrolment at the crèche has double to 30 children since the Make Over and we hope to see this increase further in 2016!

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Epworth learners gained a great deal from the experience too! This is what some of them had to say:

“I would do it all over again any day. The Crèche experience definitely touched me and made me realise how privileged I am.”

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every community, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”

“Stepping out of our comfort zone and doing something eye opening was heart warming.”

“Seeing how happy the children were at our simple gifts of toys made from recycled goods made us realize how much we take for granted and little things can mean so much.”

We would love to expand on this project and be able to target more schools and crèches in need. So, if you are a teacher at a local school or work in an organisation that would like to help, you can find out more about this initiative by contacting Jess McTaggart (4kids@thandanani.org.za) for more details