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Nestled in the heart of Khayelitsha is the Khumbulani Health, education and resource centre. Khumbulani was initiated in 2000 by nine women from Khayelitsha.... ECD students make a difference

Nestled in the heart of Khayelitsha is the Khumbulani Health, education and resource centre. Khumbulani was initiated in 2000 by nine women from Khayelitsha.

Initially the objective was to take action against the consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The director of the centre, Gloria Bebeza, is currently completing her diploma in early childhood development at False Bay TVET College, Khayelitsha Campus.

Gloria set out using her two bedroomed house to care for 160 HIV/AIDS infected or affected children. She combined her childcare facility with a soup kitchen to provide hot meals to 350 members of the community affected by the pandemic.

With the help of investors and sponsors, Gloria was able to open an ECD centre which now stands three storeys high in the heart of Khayelitsha. There are two accredited Grade R classes. The Western Cape Education Department has identified the centre as a best practice site. Gloria currently cares for over 200 children.

The services and facilities include the operation of an educare day-centre; aftercare facilities for children and youth aged 6 to 24; a psycho-social support group for children and youth at risk; a vegetable garden; and computer training classes.

Khumbulani also offers a place of refuge in emergencies. Gloria has encouraged her employees to complete their formal qualifications in ECD. False Bay TVET College offers Levels 1, 4 and 5 ECD training as well as the national certificate in educare. All the teachers at Khumbulani are either enrolled at False Bay TVET College or have already completed their studies in various levels of ECD training.

To find out more about Khumbulani or to get involved, please contact Marelize Minnaar at marelize.minnaar@falsebay.org.za.

Source: TVET College Times

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