This week I visited a crèche for small children in one of Thanda’s neighboring communities.
With the help of some guests’ donations Thanda Safari has built this little school house, provided a water tank, got the material for a fence and the materials to complete the interior.
The crèche is located in one of the poorest areas of Zululand.
I was tasked to take some pictures with camera and drone to document the development progress.
I had not been there before.
At the crèche two volunteer teachers look after around 30 2-4 year old kids every morning for three hours.
When I saw the place in grey with no color, no toys, no teaching materials, no tables , no … I made a decision:
In the next few weeks I will personally get them some materials for teaching, some toys and whatever else I can afford to buy. I will not give them money (as I am afraid that would end in the wrong pockets), but I will buy them things they need.
Some of my friends have already promised me to help with useful materials they got or to help me with money donations to buy stuff.
If any of you – wherever you live in the world – would like to help with a little donation (or not so little 🙂 then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I have bank accounts in Europe, USA and South Africa and I also have a PayPal account. So transferring any funds would be simple and would not cost a lot. Even the smallest contribution will be very much appreciated.
Be assured that 100% of whatever is donated will be used to buy things for the crèche.
I will post regularly pictures on my social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and on my blog.
In the great scheme of things this neither big or important, but I hope it will make a difference to these children, their teachers and their parents.
PS: When I (a huge, bearded white man) stepped into the small classroom most of the children started crying. I was a bit puzzled until one of the teachers told me that some of the kids thought I was a doctor coming with inoculations :-). I had – wisely – bought a little drink, an apple and a small snack for each child which I gave to each of them. That calmed them down immediately.
But I really won them over when I flew the drone. They loved it and demanded many take-offs and landings. There were many friendly shouts of good-bye when I left. Modern technology can help in many ways 🙂