All of the children who attend the Philippi Children's Centre are from disadvantaged backgrounds, however some have circumstances that are more dire than others. Thanks to your donations, we are able to cover the tuition and transportation fees for several children who would otherwise not be able to to to school.
Please meet three of the children you are helping.
Ashley is three years old. He lives in an informal settlement named "Jim se bos" which does not have basic services such as water and electricity. His mother was out of work for a while and has just started working again at one of the farms nearby. There is no father in the picture and he has three other siblings, one of whom attends school.
Charylene turned two years old on January 31. Both of her parents are farm workers, however her mother was laid off last year, so only the father is currently working. She has one other sibling who is also enrolled at the Philippi Children's Centre. The parents were going to have to choose between food and school fees, so thankfully your support is enabling both of their children to stay in school.
Junicka was born on June 6, 2011. Her mother is a farm worker and is the only bread winner in the family. There is one child at the high school and two other children at the Philippi Children's Centre.
Minimum wage for farm workers in South Africa is about $250 USD a month, so it is understandable that even at the very modest fees charged by Philippi Children's Centre and other early childhood centres, making sure your children have the proper start in life can often be an impossible dream. We are so grateful to our donors for helping us to make this dream a reality.
Junicka (in white)