A little goes a long way for Zandspruit youth

A child plays with her friends at the centre. Photo: Chantelle Fourie.

ZANDSPRUIT – In an area characterised by the stench of open sewers, the sight of dilapidated shacks, the uncomfortable feeling of poverty and lack of opportunities, Princess Kwakwari does not allow any of these stop her from doing an incredibly good deed for her community.

Kwakwari founded and manages Zamokuhle Daycare and Aftercare Centre right in the heart of Zandspruit where she provides a safe and educational space for young children to learn and play.

Several of the daycare’s children with Nicholas Zaal of the Northcliff Melville Times. Photo: Chantelle Fourie.

“I know the feeling of not having someone to help me with my homework,” Kwakwari said.

She pointed out that this is what has motivated her to try and ensure that the children who live there do not have to endure what she did. Kwakwari admitted that many of the children do not have anyone to look after or assist them as their parents, grandparents and guardians work until late or are not present at all.

Zamokuhle Daycare and Afterschool Centre receives stationery and educational material from the Caxton Greater North Johannesburg team. Photo: Chantelle Fourie.

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The after school and daycare has been operating since 2013 with the main aim of accommodating the children of Zandspruit who cannot afford or access pre-school. Most notably, the centre also offers matric pupils a place to seek help with their school work.

A few of the children who attend the daycare. Photo: Chantelle Fourie.

Together with her two sisters, Kwakwari ensures that the children, aged from a few months old to 18 years old have helped with their school work and also manage to feed seven children who would otherwise sleep without a meal for the day.
Without a sponsor Kwakwari, pays for what she can out of her own pocket so that she can put a smile on the faces of her 34 children.

“I am trying to make sure that the number of children who roam the streets is reduced because it’s not safe on the streets, especially because there is a lot of crime that happens here,” she explained.

With a certificate in child development and a certificate in first aid, Kwakwari dedicates her heart to her school as they had previously operated out of a resident’s back yard room, before being given a piece of land two years ago.

Phathu Luvhengha of the Randburg Sun (back) spends time with the children at the centre. Photo: Chantelle Fourie.

“There is so much more that we could do for the children if we had a sponsor, as the centre does not make much money,” Kwakwari added. She urged residents to get in touch with her if they wanted to offer any assistance for the daycare.

Children at the centre play and learn. Photo: Chantelle Fourie.

On 15 February, the Caxton Greater North Johannesburg team collected and donated stationery and educational material to help Kwakwari with her vision and mission of teaching and assisting the impoverished children of Zandspruit. The team invites and urges you to do the same.

Chantelle Fourie, Princess Kwakwari, and Phathu Luvhenga visit the centre. Photo: Chantelle Fourie.

Details: Zamokuhle Daycare and Aftercare 073 810 1469.

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