Community crèche support
The Foundation currently supports two crèche in our neighbouring communities with monthly food supplies, donations & general maintenance of the facilities. The Mbuzeli crèche in the Vungama Community, which takes care of 53 children below the age of 5, was built by the game reserve and Leopard Mountain Lodge in 2008. Ivy, the crèche teacher has been with the crèche since inception and continues to further her studies with the support of African Spirit Lodge. Our uBhejane Crèche, in the Sekane community was built and opened by the Foundation in 2014. As this is a relatively new crèche there are 20 pupils registered here. The number of pupils will increase in over the next few years as there is now a proper facility and very good teacher, Lethiwe.
The uBhejane Crèche was rebuilt in April 2016 thanks to a generous donation from P.Trimborn Agencies. The original crèche was a prefabricated building that didn’t handle well against the elements and the rebuild of the new crèche was a solid structure, including a kitchen and toilet. The rebuild began in April 2016, and was completed in September 2016. Lots of volunteered time went into the painting and beautifying the crèche over many weekends, we are very grateful to all the helping hands that crafted the crèche to look bright and welcoming. The uBhejane crèche rebuild generated a lot of interest and lots of donations started to come in all forms from toys to stationary to clothes, this resulted in a fantastic starter pack for the crèche which was handed over to them after completion.
The official opening of the uBhejane crèche was held in November 2016, read the story here.
A further two crèches have been requested from the communities further north and as we are very aware of their need for a facility to care and educate these children, we will do our best to fundraise for these two projects and assist the communities. The cost of a crèche build is around R100’000.00 each.« Back