My family and I have been here in Winterton for three weeks and every day is an adventure that I look forward to with great anticipation. I work in Khethani with the community and my goal is to identify their needs with regard to Early Childhood Development. I assist, mentor, teach and uplift those with a calling to educate young children. When I arrived the community had already started a creche from a building in Khethani and we had quite a few challenges to face. After much appreciated assistance the grass was cut (it was up to my thighs when I arrived), the long drop made a tiny bit more sanitary; long drop!!!!! Yes, there was a family living in the toilets!!!!!! This little hurdle was crossed and the building was scrubbed clean. Any day now the toilets themselves will be repaired and or replaced. Water was another challenge. The only tap was not working and the Jojo tank had long since met its fate. Once again with much appreciated assistance the pipe was repaired, tap replaced and running water restored.
So where do we go from here? Basins need to be put into the toilets so that proper hygiene can be taught. There are repairs and maintenance to the building that urgently need to be done. The children need a jungle gym. Currently we have the babies, toddlers and preschoolers in the same area, separated by a curtain. Not ideal at all. Another classroom for the babies would be wonderful. A small kitchen is on the list. The sand pit is ready and waiting for sand, kindly donated to us. We need an awning to cover it as well as a cover for the sand pit itself. The fence around the property needs to be repaired to keep the marauding goats out. A vegetable garden has been made – once again my sincere gratitude to the people who made this possible. Once the fence is repaired we, the teachers, volunteer, children and I will plant vegetables which the children will get to enjoy as part of their daily diet.
Over and above Khethani Creche I have identified other wonderful people taking care of young children in their homes. Each one has children she looks after every day. What are their needs:
- Toys – puzzles, cars, building blocks etc.
- Jungle Gym
- Sand Pit
- Blankets and small mattresses
- Books aimed at very young children
- Paper – recycled is great (we only need one side)
- Old magazines for practicing cutting
So this is my story and I would love it if you would follow it regularly and travel the road with me. Should you at any time feel you would like to be more involved there is plenty of room. I promise it will be an adventure well worth your time!