WHO WE ARE
A positive and safe environment is crucial for children to unfold their potentials and grow up as confident, positive adults. As a non-profit organization we are committed to support informal daycare centers in need through spacial upgrades, as well as empowerment and skills training for caregivers and parents.
Once upgraded, the crèches meet official requirements, are eligible for subsidies and achieve economic independence and a sustainable future.
THE SITUATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
Most South Africa cities were shaped by Apartheid policies which located different ethnic and racial groups in separate areas, neglecting the socio-economic and educational needs of non-whites. Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, poor government funding and flawed policies have exacerbated many of the problems for South Africa’s poorest. Today about 57% of South Africa’s population lives in poverty. In low income township areas, living conditions are challenging, with high crime and unemployment rates, health problems and high population densities.
These inadequate conditions can lead to underdeveloped skills and anti-social behavior once children start school, often resulting in low achievement, high drop out rates and ultimately a greater risk of unemployment-, drug-abuse and crime.
Converted shipping container are used as mobile, robust and fire proof structures, which get insulated and equipped at local workshops and installed on site within short time frames. A set of these modules provides all necessities for a childcare facility and can be extended over time, or relocated if required. The design of the containers complies with regulations and is adapted to children’s needs.
Parents and neighbors also participate in regular public workshops facilitated through the Matchbox health care faciliator Jenna Sue. Toppics are basic health related issues, such as HIV and Tuberculosis, trauma counseling, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and much more.
OUR TEAM SOUTH AFRICA
Meg Vandermerwe (Chairperson), Jenna Sue (Health Care Manager), Verena Grips (Project Manager), Bettina Schütte (Treasurer) and Mavis Ncgongolo (Principal Injongo Educare Center)