for ECD centres
R5500 provides PPE for 1 ECD centre which includes: Cloth masks for children and staff (2 each), gloves, sanitizers, bar soaps, deep cleaning material and a thermometer.
for ECD practitioners
We’re also conscious of a long term, socio-economic impact, post lockdown. Practitioners will continue to require financial support even if it’s just to pay taxi fares to get to work to look after the children. Support an ECD practitioner to get to work by contributing R500 per month.
Our strength lies in our long reach into 54 compromised communities in four provinces. We’ve established trust relationships and reliable communications networks with hundreds of ECD sites. We are currently active in over 280 small Early Childhood Development (ECD) businesses that reach approximately 12 000 families and 34 000 children. They’ve confirmed:
- Food and issues of simple survival are primary concerns for all
- ECD practitioners in informal creches have not been paid since March as parents stopped paying school fees in April
- Government subsidies to pre-schools have not been paid out
- Overnight thousands of women in the sector lost their income with which they fed extended households
- We also learned that, although ECD sites should be closed, they are under enormous community pressure to accommodate children whose parents have returned to work. We expect this will increase as older siblings, who might be acting as childminders, return to school on 1 June 2020. Our goal is the help these creche owners ensure that when they reopen the ECD sites will be risk-free, safe, nurturing places of care.