Before the refurbishment, the nursery school was located in two containers, and a cottage made of wooden boards. Since there were no toilets, the children used plastic buckets as a potty. There was no climbing scaffold or other playground equipment on the grounds of the daycare center to promote children's motor skills. The equipment of the nursery was very sparse: there were only a few mats for the midday nap and a few plastic chairs and tables for the children. The funds were not sufficient for other school materials, books or toys.
On behalf of 'Drying Little Tears', Adélle Nel, Executive Head Operations Training at SIXT South Africa, visited the Mahou Day Care Center in summer 2015 to get an idea of the situation on site.After a thorough examination, the Board of Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation decides to support the reorganisation.
With the support of ""Drying Little Tears"" and JAM, the nursery home received a new, insulated prefabricated house on a concrete foundation with four rooms, a kitchen and toilets. The grounds were also equipped with a new, stable fence. After a local construction company erected the building and the fence, it was colorfully painted, a playground with climbing scaffold was built and a vegetable garden and trees planted. The rooms were furnished with mattresses, blankets, tables, chairs and educational play and learning materials.
I am delighted and I thank the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation for helping to finance the new construction of the Mahou day care centre. My visit there was something very special.