Joy was written on the faces of the tiny tots who attend Sivukile Educare Centre after a leading construction and building materials producer extended a helping hand to revamp their centre Philippi.
AfriSam appointed a non-profit organisation called the South African Education Project (SAEP) to construct three classrooms, an office for the principal, a fully furnished kitchen and six ablution facilities. In addition, company revamped the children’s play area by adding outdoor play/gym equipment and also provided additional classroom furniture and toys.
Senzi Mabaso, AfriSam’s community development specialist, said: “At AfriSam, we are committed to empowering young minds and improving the communities we operate in. This project contributes to the action taken to give children back their dignity and their rights to basic needs and services, contributing meaningfully to their social development.”
Established in 2001, Sivukile ECD is home to more than 100 young children aged up to six years old. The centre has been operating under harsh conditions because most of the children are from impoverished households and their parents cannot afford to pay school fees.
Some of the challenges faced by the centre include a shortage of qualified teachers, poor nutrition, an overcrowded and unhealthy learning environment, and a lack of funds.
Sivukile principal Nozuko Nyaba said she, the staff and community members were grateful for AfriSam’s initiative.
“We have been struggling for over 20 years and this kind gesture restores faith and hope for us. This donation will change the lives of the children, educators and the community,” she added.