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Loving and safe haven for nearly 200 children: the Lerato Day Care Centre in South Africa

"Lerato" means love. And that's exactly what Nancy Letswalo decided to call the children's day care centre she founded in the South African township of Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria in 2014. Together with Joint Aid Management (JAM), a Christian humanitarian foundation, the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation is supporting the complete remodel and expansion of the centre.



Lerato currently takes care of 45 children each day


Lerato currently takes care of 45 children each day. In addition, Nancy Letswalo and her five employees also look after 150 orphans after school. Currently, the centre consists of two small corrugated metal huts. These are not watertight and provide little protection from the rain. There are also very few shady spots available on very hot and sunny days.

In order to offer the children fresh vegetables, a garden has been planted, but it has since proven to be too small. From 3- 10 November 2017, a team of the JAM Foundation will travel to South Africa in cooperation with the Regine Sixt Kinderhilfe Foundation to manage the site renovation.

„The decor is still dilapidated, but thanks to 'Drying Little Tears', this will soon change.“ wird sich das in Kürze ändern.“

First, a South African construction company and local helpers will erect two new buildings on a stable concrete foundation. Afterwards, the JAM team will paint the structures inside and out, build a playground with a climbing frame, expand the vegetable garden, and plant trees for shade.

They will add children's furniture, play things, and learning materials to the classrooms and play areas. Another part of the project is designed to make the kids strong: a year's supply of the soy-maize porridge they eat daily.

„The decor is still dilapidated, but thanks to 'Drying Little Tears', this will soon change.“ wird sich das in Kürze ändern.“