The Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre (DNCC), situated in Snakepark, a poverty stricken area of Soweto, was established in August 2002. DNCC volunteers include two concerned mothers who were aware of the fact that there were many children in need of a crèche facility and care. They approached the community and secured permission to use a local church as a gathering point to look after 160 children.
On a recent visit from eg employees, the classrooms were in full colour with educational wall charts, pictures and learning materials throughout; all actively used by the children to learn colours, shapes and numbers, as well as how to write their names. eg’s bright welcome continued, as on arrival staff were greeted by the carers in their colourful uniforms in front of the vibrant shelter over the children’s play area. The shelter, provided solely from eg staff fundraising activities, offers protection from the elements so the children can play outside in any weather – rain or shine.
Family engagement with the centre has developed immensely due to the ongoing commitment of the carers. The first parents meeting of the year was held in March with over 90 parents and guardians attending. Each child’s details are now kept on file so that any learning difficulties are evidenced for social services. On this visit, eg staff were able to provide additional rugs, which were carefully placed down in the babies room while they were sleeping. Staff also saw the new kitchen area, following a storm that caused flooding to the kitchen. Donations were able to pay for a new roof and worktop, meaning that the summer and winter menus could still be prepared for all.
My main role is Principal of DNCC and my purpose is to make sure that the children are safe and fed correctly while in my care. I ensure that caregivers are teaching the children correctly according to their age group, at the same time as inspiring the caregivers as much as I can.
You can help by becoming a sponsor, donating or getting involved in fundraising activities. Regular donations and fundraising activities are essential in order to continue to expand the facilities at the centre.