Intyatyambo Educare, Khayelitsha, Western Cape

Intyatyambo Educare hosts 120 children from the local Khayelitsha community every day – and they were crammed together, until David Geach from Geach Donaldson & Associates (GDA), along with Kagiso Asset Management and the Air France Foundation combined forces with Breadline Africa to provide a 60m2 prefabricated classroom for the Grade R children.

The 30 children in Grade R used to be in a tiny room, but now they have their own space, something that is critical for effective learning, especially during the all important year before starting primary school. The classroom environment will enhance positive and effective learning experiences for the children and the teacher will be able to display appropriate educational resources and comfortably plan learning activities.

Mr Geach spoke on behalf of GDA, mentioning that it was great to have worked with Breadline Africa on this project. The structure that was being launched was placed much sooner than they had anticipated because Breadline Africa made a gracious offer to co-fund it through the generosity of its individual donors.

For several years now, GDA has committed to making significant contributions to Intyatyambo Educare, in order to ensure that the children always see the space as safe, nurturing and enjoyable. David thanked Kagiso, who have previously supported the centre and pledged to do so again in the future. He also thanked their overseas donors and Breadline Africa for helping them to realise their dream.

Puleng Phooko, representing Breadline Africa, said this project was an exciting one to work on – and added, tongue in cheek, that the hardest part was getting to grips with the pronunciation and the spelling of ‘Intyatyambo Educare’. She explained that it was great to hear the learners singing about Intyatyambo at the launch event – the word means: a flower that should be nurtured. This is an excellent reflection of what children are – flowers that need love, care and nurturing. She added that this was being capably supported by the centre’s staff as well as their NPO partners, Grassroots and Ikamva Labantu.