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  03 April  2018

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

 

We would like to say thank you to Atlas Plastics for generously donating 3 portable toilets. We were so honoured and delighted to see the excitement of our members (Community Crèches) while collecting the huts.

According to the preliminary findings of the department's national audit of ECD centres, ECD centres are battling with issues of inadequate infrastructure, inadequate equipment and supplies, a lack of practitioners and poorly trained practitioners, as well as inadequate health and safety measures, among other issues.

And according to the 2016 National Education Infrastructure Management System Standard Report, published by South Africa’s Department of Basic Education, states that of the 23 577 public schools in the country, 9 203 are forced to use pit latrines, while 68 have no sanitation facilities at all; 171 have no water supply, while 5 004 make do with unreliable supply.

Children have a right to basic facilities such as school toilets, safe drinking water, clean surroundings and basic information on hygiene. Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools creates an enabling environment which secures children’s dignity, safety, health and attendance in classes. Children are more receptive and quick to adopt and sustain change. They become agents of change among their peers, families and communities. Teachers as influential individuals, supported by the school management committees, play an important catalytic role.

CINDI identifies crèches requiring infrastructure improvement and brings these organisations to the attention of corporate funders wanting improve the conditions which the young learners face every day.

We are extremely grateful for the many generous companies, and individuals in the community for donating their time, money, and resources, allowing us to serve children and families.

We’ve all heard the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” — and it certainly takes a village to educate one. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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