The Ibhabhathana Community Centre is a registered Non Profit Organisation and non-government funded. The centre has been operating in the village of Riebeeck East, Eastern Cape, SA for the last 3 years.
We understand the critical stage of human development the window period 0-4 year’s presents and it is our mission to provide a varied and nutritional programme to feed our children properly and to engage in stimulating activities that will benefit all stages of the young child’s development and thus ensure that they are well prepared for formal schooling.
The centre is unique in the sense that it is the only facility in the area that provides the above services as well as providing a safe environment where working parents can leave their children with confidence.
Since 2009, from selling second hand clothes to buy food and educational material, for the 15 children attending the centre and employing one child minder, the centre now employs 5 full time employees, operates from a 3 room fenced-in facility and offers its services to 30-40 young children age 0-4. Through the kindness of friends and donors, we were able to equip our classes with the necessary educational material and equipment, which is so essential in providing the stimulation necessary for this critical learning phase.
The digital divide in our community has always been a concern and it was a wonderful moment when we received sufficient funding from Unisys SA LTD to acquire the necessary equipment to roll out a digital programme for our staff and pupils attending the local Riebeeck East Combine School. Polaris Technologies were so kind as to install the equipment for us.
Our present school building is looking nearly new since the students from Rhodes University has adopted the Ibhabhathane Centre as their community outreach project under the brilliant leadership of Thabo Seshoka and inspired by Marion Penney. Our building received a fresh coat of paint inside-out among much dedicated laughter on Human Right’s Day, March 21st.
The Global Action Week 2012, a worldwide campaign launched by UNICEF, took place during April 22 – 28. The focus this year was Early Childhood Development and Care. The global initiative voices the urgent need to ensure universal access to the stimulation and nutrition Early Childhood Development Centers offer.
At present just over 10% of children age 0-5 in the Eastern Cape are attending an Early Years facility.
With the help of like minded people as yourselves, giving so generously, we are able to increase access to this very critical service delivery. Your continuous giving is much appreciated.
We thank you sincerely.
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Eastern Cape Region,