It was an emotional day at Zamokuhle Educare Centre as principal, Lucy Monareng invited guests to share the joy as they opened a new classroom and combination toilet / kitchen container.
Lucy introduced her speech with the song: “My mother was a kitchen cleaner, my father was a garden worker; that’s why I am a child care worker”. The lyrics were a perfect reflection of Lucy’s dedication to the children in her care. She thanked all the guests for attending and praised her staff, referring to them as her pillars of strength, adding that they have their own families but they have dedicated their time and efforts to the children.
Pamela Ndaba, the Aftercare Programme Facilitator, who teaches cleanliness, respect, and lifeskills, commented that when Lucy started her centre it like she was running a ‘doll house’, because it was so small. She commended Breadline Africa for ‘making the circle bigger’ by helping Zamokuhle to reach their dreams of better infrastructure. She said that they have been seeing Breadline Africa’s work in their communities and are very appreciative.
Mncedisi Mbatha – VPUU Manager – applauded Lucy for always thinking out of the box and commented that women in general (taking into consideration that August is Women’s month), are the ones doing the impactful work in their communities. “In their wounds, when they feel pain, they know exactly what the children are going through, can relate and thereby give the appropriate care”.
Nyasha Njela from Breadline Africa borrowed from the hymn “Brighten the Corner Where You Are”, explaining that the principals in early childhood development centres are doing exactly that, making the best of the situations they find themselves in. She thanked Granbuild for donating the two containers to Breadline Africa and applauded Lucy for her perseverance and commitment.
Vivian McDonald, a friend and partner of Lucy, was very emotional when she spoke about how the dreams of one woman had finally come true. Many years ago, Lucy worked for her as a nanny to her three-month-old baby daughter. During this time, Lucy still had big dreams that she wanted to achieve. And it seems that these dreams are coming true. Vivian’s daughter is 17 today and is as tenacious as Lucy ever was, which just goes to show that Lucy is a great teacher and mentor!
Lucy’s parting words to her guests were that she now has the courage to call Mr Bennet from the local municipality’s Fire and Safety Department to do his inspection!