Isihlangu Sempi Creche was founded in 2011 by Ms Nothando Ngubane the current supervisor. Seeing a need for an Early Child Development Centre in her community, she approach a local businessman (Mr Mthembu) and asked if she could use one of the rooms in his shop that was not being used, 7 children where enrolled when the creche was opened. In 2012 the creche was gifted a site Isihlangu Sempi Projects premises by the Tribal Authority, a poultry farm that was closing, they adopted the name Isihlangu Sempi.
Africa Foundation is fundraising to ensure that Isihlangu Sempi Creche meets the Department of Social Development standards, the funds will be used for a double classroom block, a kitchen with storage space and a dining area, 5 Enviro Loo toilets which are safe and hygienic, a borehole for safe drinking water and a quality fully equipped playground which is critical for children to develop and learn through play.
|Double classroom||Funds needed|
|Kitchen and Dining||Funds needed|
|Play area||Funds needed|
Currently the creche has an enrolment of 51 children (28 boys and 23 girls), each child pays a fee of between R30 and R50, depending on their age. The children are looked after by 4 staff members (the supervisor, 2 teachers and a food handler). The staff receive a monthly stipend from the Department of Social Development. The creche is managed by a committee of 7 community members.
The infrastructure at Isihlangu Sempi Creche does not meet the requirements of the Department of Basic Education’s standards of a safe Early Childhood Development Center. Guidelines indicate that “there must be 1.5m² of indoor play space per child.” It is also indicated that meals should be prepared in a safe and hygienic environment. The creche is currently run in an old chicken coop that is divided into 3 rooms, a classroom, a kitchen and office space. The building structure is badly depreciated, it does not protect the children and teachers from weather elements, it leaks when it is raining, it gets extremely cold in winter and unbearably hot during summer. The creche does not have ablution facilities, staff members dig holes with a shovel at the back of the structure for children to relieve themselves.
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