The Starting Chance Project in Mfuleni township is impacting and changing the lives of children, parents and teachers. But it is also building bridges and building relationships between children across Cape Town. On 21st July 2015, Pinehurst Primary School, led by Leana brought their outreach team to visit Emmanuel Educare, a shack school in dire need of support.
Leana explains, “Pinehurst Primary School’s Outreach club POP visited Emmanuel Educare in Mfuleni on the 21 July. We chose to visit this Starting Chance project as the presentation Ali Corbett did at our school about the organisation and what they aim to do, really impressed me. Many Educare centres are run as day cares where the children are left to play all day and are not stimulated. It is clear that with the training given through Starting Chance to the educators, they are taught how to educate the children and use the apparatus effectively. I feel that it is very important that children learn to give back to others through donating their time. It helps them to identify with a wider variety of people and hopefully will encourage them to become adults who want to make a difference.”
Pinehurst is committed to making a difference and play their part in giving our Township children a Starting Chance on their educational journey. The learners at Pinehurst collect useful educational items like games, puzzles, balls and more and donate these to the educare they visit. The children at Pinehurst have really enjoyed their time with our schools as Abbey describes: “On Tuesday the 21st July we went to visit Emmanuel Pre-school in Mfuleni, I really enjoyed it. It was fun holding a baby and playing games with the children. It was good to know that the children were being well cared for and fed while their parents were out working. We were amazed how well these little ones could sing songs in English. I hope we get this opportunity again to visit.”
Abbey Hatton, Pinehurst Primary School
We hope other schools In Cape Town will follow this amazing example of joining Hearts and Hands to reach out to others.