Shack to Chic

Shack schools are selected and transformed to create excellent learning environments to grow in.

The Solution

Excellent learning environments



Stimulating childhood in the playground


Builds for 2020

Mzamomhle build

We hope to build Principal Jamma a new school in 2020 with suitable space for her children to learn and thrive in. Read her story here

Lonwabo build

We want to bring hope to children and parents of the new Lonwabo Special Care Day Centre. This new facility will enable Principal Thandeka Mafila to increase her numbers from 35 to 60 children requiring special care. It will also set the platform in place for her to fully meet the stringent criteria for licensing her centre. Inclusivity is the theme underpinning the campus concept, and Lonwabo’s new centre will form an important element of it enabling children of all abilities to meet and interact.


This is the story of a Lonwabo child, who took her first steps at age 6. Help her and others with disabilities get a new special care centre.

Impact since 2013

We have built 5 schools and 1 Hub.



 A teacher shares her thoughts on the changes at her shack school.



This is the story of Blooming Stars principal, Philiswa, and her shack to chic transformation. It has been told by Ali Corbett, founder of Starting Chance.

Follow our progress by reading our blog!

Get 2020 off to a great start!

Get 2020 off to a great start!

Despite the stuttering South African economy, we are thrilled to report that our campaigning is helping us move towards raising sufficient funds to start the construction of the Lonwabo Special Care Day Centre. Our first campaign kicked off here in Cape Town with the...

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Opening of Emmanuel Educare

Opening of Emmanuel Educare

Shine in your own corner: On 14th May 2019 at 10 am we opened Emmanuel Educare for 50 children and 3 teachers. It was a beautiful end to 7 years of waiting and the beginning of a wonderful new era for Principal Elizabeth and her staff, parents and children. “Emmanuel”...

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