The children will benefit from flushing toilets, floor coverings that promote hygiene, accessibility and a fun learning environment, and a much-needed jungle gym.
Hillcrest, South Africa – On 4 April, partners who are aligned in the Project Joy classroom drive connected for breakfast on the iThemba Campus in Hillcrest and then a site visit.
For nearly 15 years, Focus on iThemba has been involved with cluster foster care for orphaned and vulnerable children. From 2016 the iThemba Homes concept was adapted into the Esther Model. This model facilitated families to foster an iThemba child in their own home. Focus on iThemba provides professional support for the family through our Social Worker and the funds required for education, clothing and food. Our original iThembaKids (foster children) have mostly completed their schooling and four attend Waterfall Schools. We continue to support and love our Fledglings who are currently completing their tertiary studies.
The Pre-School, which is located just a few minutes from the iThemba Campus, is currently undergoing an incredible life-changing metamorphosis with the opening date set for May.
“I can’t put in words how I am feeling…I am just so excited,” explained Mrs Bonisiwe Gwala, Principal and Owner of Entokozweni Pre-School as she stands in the courtyard of her new dream school near Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal.
“The children will benefit so much from this. They were so excited about the bright classroom container colours when they arrived last week, and of course, they cannot wait to finally have a jungle gym! God Bless all of the partners in this project.”
The architect designed improvements for the school, by LEAD architects, include using five insulated shipping containers, three for classrooms, one for a kitchen and one for an office. The children will benefit from flushing toilets, floor coverings that promote hygiene, accessibility and a fun learning environment, and a much-needed jungle gym.
“It has been a two-year project involving many key individuals and careful planning. Ultimately the parents, children, neighbouring community and our incredible 30 partners are the heart and glue of our Project Joy story,” explained Tayla-Anne Goss, Team Leader at Focus on iThemba.
“Investing in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and therefore brain development is the foundation for economic prosperity. We continue to see the overwhelmingly positive effects of elevated ECD in the ten Pre-Schools we partner with. Through this extensive school upgrade the ECD offering here will be greatly lifted.”
“Special thanks are extended to our top seven donors; Bidvest SACD, Container World, Kerry Ingredients, Belgotex, Cotswold Downs Estate, GROW with EduCare and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions. We are counting the days to when the school will officially open its doors and will become a beacon of hope in this community,” concluded Goss