Hope Africa Children's Day School is located in Shalati Village in the Mnisi community, near Kruger National Park and the Manyeleti Game Reserve. Over 80 children, under the age of 5, attend the pre-school. The school has one teacher and two teacher assistants that organize activities for the children, as well as provide them with two meals each day. Hope Africa Children's Day School is currently in critical need of new washroom facilities, as only two toilets are available for all staff and students. A new indoor kitchen facilities is also in need as meals are currently cooked over an open-fire pit, which makes meals unpredictable due to weather conditions. The school and the community are also in need of a water pump and holding tank, as the pump they had used previously was stolen.
Your donation will support the construction of a new washroom facilities that will accommodate up to 100 students. A new commercial kitchen will also be built as an extension of the school building where meals can be prepared indoors. Money will also be invested in a community development project to increase income of the local community to support operating costs of Hope Africa Children's Day School.
In the Shalati community, there are many single parent families and a vast number of orphaned children, often cared for by their grandparents. This is due in part to the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Many children do not begin school until the age of 8, and receive no formal education and limited support during their early formative years. The Hope Africa Children's Day School aims to provide children with the opportunity to begin their education earlier and become involved in organized activities.