The centre has eight staff members and three volunteers who care for the 23 babies in the nursery and 66 children aged 2 to 5 years old.
“We have classrooms for each age group and around 20 in each class. My main role is administration and management, but I love children. When I arrive they all say 'good morning daddy' in English and give me a big hug, and I have to hug all of them, even if my wife is teaching and the lesson gets interrupted for hugs.”
Registered as an NPO, Ikhwezilomso charges a monthly fee of R200 for those under 2 years and R150 for those under 5 years to be able to pay their staff.
“The fees from parents are not a lot and pay for maintenance and staff salaries, but I tell them I know it’s not a lot so if you get a better job, go and get it. We have just been chosen as the recipients of a grant to build a new creche but we are waiting on a lease agreement from the municipality for the land. “
Reuben said the NPO’s biggest challenge was not having a proper structure or funds to offer daily nutritional meals to the children.
“We receive donations for two weeks of the month from the Chintsa East Church, but our dream is to offer proper nutrition for them. We also want to give our staff proper salaries for the work they do.”