Thembinkosi Day Care Centre is a créche in Mbekweni outside Paarl, where Gerhard van Deventer (the owner of Incanda) has been involved for a number of years. Here Thembeka (Patricia) Vuka has overcome many serious setbacks and a lack of resources in order to provide a place of care, safety and learning for pre-schoolers without refuge.
Gerhard started taking Incanda clients as well as friends, especially overseas visitors, to see the créche. As a result, some of these visitors became involved. This has led to the formation of the Thembinkosi Trust Fund and the appointment of Retha Venter as our project co-ordinator and communications officer.
Incanda has now adopted Thembinkosi as its official social involvement project and together with other contributors we are hoping to make a real difference to the school readiness levels of the créche children in Mbekweni. We are now also very fortunate to have the principal of the Paarl Girl’s High pre-school, Nella van Tonder, in our team – she helps specifically with the curriculum of the older age groups at the créche. The goal is to eventually branch out and start supporting many more informal créches in Mbekweni. Education is the key to the future!
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