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The early childhood development gogos

NGO Breadline Africa honoured the women working at Early Childhood Development crèches in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Makaza, Philippi, Happy Valley, Mitchells Plain, Delft, Kalkfontein and other townships and informal settlements around Cape Town, at a luncheon hosted at the Salesian Institute in Greenpoint. Author, playwright and women’s rights activist, Dr Sindiwe Magona was the guest speaker at the event, which praised the women who look after the children in the area – many of whom come from single headed and child reared households.

“The gogos in these areas are the unsung heroes, not only during Women’s Month, but during the entire course of the year; they make sure these children are looked after and that they have food in their bellies,” Project Manager of Breadline Africa, Edna Titus said. “Breadline Africa assists communities by providing refurbished containers, which in this case have been converted into educare centres.”

Breadline Africa, which was established ten years ago, finds sensible, sustainable long-term solutions to problems created by poverty; “Our aim is to break the cycle of poverty, by helping communities to help themselves,” Titus said. Since their establishment, they have placed more than 200 containers in some of the most impoverished areas.

Sturdy, watertight shipping containers are transformed into mobile structures, which are then used as community kitchens, day care centres, libraries, ablution blocks and educare centres. This year alone, more than 14 containers have been placed in areas affected by extreme poverty. Each container, which costs between R60 000 and R200 000 to convert. The renovation is funded through corporates and individual donors.

“The portable, versatile and secure recycled containers are a lifeline to many struggling communities, where they provide instant and vital infrastructure,” Titus said. “Children and young people hold the future of South Africa in their hands, the very least that we could do is honour the gogos of these communities during Women’s Month; they provide a place of security for the children, many of whom have been affected by violence and abuse. These women go out of their way to assist these children – they receive very little recognition for the incredible work that they are doing. Today we thank them.”

ENDS

Distributed by Be-cause on behalf of Breadline Africa:

MD:  Tim Smith

Project officer: Edna Titus

 

For more information, contact Be-cause:

Beverley Houston

beverley@be-cause.co.za

021 462 1723 / 082 824 8617

 

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