In July during a GOTG Winter Warmer distribution of food and blankets in Leandra, we came across a creche with approximately 80 children crammed into a small wendy house. Sadly the teacher and children had absolutely no resources such as stationery, books and toys. Whilst feeding the children, it became increasingly apparent that these children were terribly hungry as we watched them eat the bones off their plates and ask for a second helping. It was then, that GOTG decided to turn this into one of our projects and began erecting a building.
On 10 January 2011 we opened our Early Childhood Development Centre with just 8 children, but the very next day had a total of 130 kids with more on the waiting list. We have thus employed 4 trainee teachers who receive their training from Monica Wilson, a qualified ECD teacher with 20 years of experience. She voluntarily shares her skills with these teachers on a weekly basis by helping them plan their lessons and guide them on how to interact with the children. The children are taught in English, which is something the parents are very happy about, as it better equips the children for the "real world".
GOTG has equipped the creche with tables and chairs, stationery, books, mentally stimulating toys and a play gym outside. The creche is now fully fitted to properly stimulate and educate the learners, also giving them a good sense of security and self confidence being as many of them come from broken and abusive homes. In addition to the educational and physical input by GOTG, three meals are provided to the children daily.