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Who We Are

SEEDS TRUST/Little Lambs Christian Day Care is a registered South African NPO and Public Benefit Organization founded in 1999 by Marlena & Johann van der Walt, members of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Hout Bay. They started by encouraging church members to begin caring for toddlers of underemployed parents while they were at work or seeking work.

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What We Do

At Little Lambs, our vision is to create a daycare facility for the people of Imizamo Yethu where children are cared for in a loving environment and are taught Christian values and simple life skills. Additionally, they are prepared for formal schooling by teachers from the community while empowering them to become excellent career educators.


Little Lambs operates 5 days per week with a full-time Principal and staff – all from the community and caters to and provides a safe learning space for +/- 260 children aged between 10 months to 6 years while their parents work or seek work. In addition to a small school fee and some government grants, Little Lambs is funded purely by charitable donations.
 
Over the years the mandate of the SEEDS TRUST has been extended to include education and empowerment initiatives in broader Hout Bay/Cape Town region in general. The school has grown thanks to God’s favor, the success of the endeavor and through the generosity of numerous corporate and private sponsors. Renovations to the existing school buildings began in 2007.  Completed in 2012, the campus now consists of 11 classrooms, 17 toilets, a well-equipped kitchen, covered verandah and large playground.

Our Mission

Our mission is to give the children of Little Lambs that vital head start for their successful lives in the future South Africa, by pursuing the following clear purpose:

  • Answer to the substantial demand for pre-primary education and care in Cape Town’s informal settlements.

  • Provide the children with balanced nutrition that is a crucial factor in the physical and mental development of youth in their early life stages.
  • Teach children the English language and personal hygiene and care.
  • Enable parents of historically disadvantaged backgrounds to integrate into the South African workforce by providing safe, nurturing and reliable space/care for their children while at work.
  • Create employment with reasonable pay within the community, for the community, to help break the cycle of poverty.
  • Create a space of interaction for members from different national, social, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay

Where We Are

The township or informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu is situated in the picturesque seaside suburb of Hout Bay in Cape Town. Hout Bay is like a microcosm of South Africa, with a wealthy, mainly white community, living alongside the poorer black community in Imizamo Yethu, and a so-called ‘coloured’ community in the township of Hangklip near the harbour.

Imizamo Yethu has a population of roughly 30,000 residents, who are mainly of Xhosa speaking origin from the Eastern Cape together with immigrants from the rest of Africa. The informal settlement was established in the early 1990s when 450 families who had been squatting in shacks around Hout Bay were moved to this new area on the side of a mountain overlooking the harbour.  The population of the township has mushroomed since then, as black people in search of work, education and a better future settled there.

Although much as been done, housing needs are still at a critical level with many people being forced to live in temporary shelters out of corrugated iron, called “shacks“. The settlement has dismal water facilities with no sewerage system and proper toilets for the greater part of these people; the area is also a very high-risk fire area and carries with it poor emergency services access. Due to the high unemployment, many homes have problems with alcohol, drugs, gangsterism, woman/child abuse and crime.