The people of Skaaprus (now Bambanani Village) are living in a situation that is almost impossible to imagine.
Life is hard. Skaaprus is 6km's from Ermelo CBD tucked almost out of sight on the N2. Nearby work opportunities exist at either the open cast coal mine or the power station another few km's south but these are not abundant and the mines changed hands so often that work if it was available, comes and goes quickly. Families in Skaaprus are often hardest hit with no electricity or running water and no available public services. Before the daycare centre opened parents couldn't work and leave their children in a safe environment whilst they were out looking for work so they would do what they could so that they could scrape together enough to buy food. Skaaprus was, as a result, quite a dangerous place to be and the police were regularly in the area to investigate and arrest people for crimes of theft, disorder and violence.
Day Care Centre
In 2011 the community leaders approached Ian and explained that there was nowhere for the preschool children to be looked after when parents needed to go to town to work and look for work. Ian prayed around the situation and was led to build a daycare centre for the pre-school children. The Centre was built by the community and volunteers out of local resources - sticks and mud and opened in early January 2012.
Since then the Daycare centre has gone from strength to strength. Food and education (learning through play) are the two main focus points.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27 NIV
In 2014 an NPO was formed: ‘Vulinqondo Day Care Centre’ and partial funding for the nursery school was obtained from the Department of Social Development.
This year the entry age for the children has been lowered to 2 years in response to the needs of the community. This has increased regular attendance to 43 children.
A BEE partner of Eskom has, this year, donated a pair of prefabricated classrooms to the day centre and a palisade fence has been erected to provide security and safeguarding of the pupils.
Today life is still hard for the people in Skaaprus, there is still no electricity, running water or other public services.
The Police don't visit nearly as often as they used to. The community has banded together and helped each other through times of difficulty and crisis. Unemployment remains to be one of the biggest challenges and in connection with Wealth for the People the community is forming a co-operative and creating jobs in farming, trades and retail that will be able to lift the whole community. None of this would be possible without the relationships that Ian has built up through the last decade, and certainly would not be possible without the support of Love Africa Youth supporters.
This is not the end of the story. The Day Care Centre is still in need of your support - maybe now more than ever! The promised funds from the government for the daycare centre don't always arrive on time if at all - This year's funds have still not arrived and your kind donations have been paying all of the bills so far.
How we help the community
Through the Daycare Centre we are providing a basic introduction to education and English.
Health & Nutrition
Feeding the children at the daycare centre is crucial to the longterm health of the community.
With a safe place for children to be looked after parents can go to work without worry.
Promoting economic sustainability
For the community to thrive in the long term they need to be able to earn and spend within the community.
Seeking envionmentally sound and resource efficient solutions to building, creating electricity and collecting water.
Give a young person the best possible start in life
Your donation goes directly to the people that need it the very most.
To date, Vulinqondo Day Care Centre has been blessed with
42 Students now
5 staff employed
8 Years Service
4 meals a Day
Goals for 2019
We would like to provide the teachers and staff with a healthy standard of living through the payment of at least minimum wage
Build a heating system for the winter
Repair and rejuvenate worn play equipment
Build a stepped deck outside of the classroom for safety & comfort
Introduce a holiday program for all children up to 14 during winter & Summer breaks
Goals for 2020
Regeneration of a cottage garden with the aim to grow vegetables
Create a small football pitch/grassed area
Improved training for the other staff members
Extend the provision of service to include after-school programs for older (6-14-year olds) children
Create a Volunteer Program to bring in English speaking assistance.
Goals for 2021
Complete the building of a connected community centre and initiate training programs for the community
Rebuild school buildings with rammed earth to bring classroom, kitchen, toilets, and office under one roof.
Help us achieve our goals
Your donation will give these children a head start and opportunities that they would not otherwise.