Nobody knew exactly what effects and consequences to expect the covid-19 situation to have on all EDC Centres. Now we know – and are relieved to report the ‘great wave of the Covid-19 contagion’ did not happen and so, many parents are once again entrusting their children to our care. However, due to Covid-19, the number of children registered has fallen from 300 to 260 children.
This term we hope to sponsor the training of two teachers.
We are very relieved to report that the number of Covid-19 cases in Cape Town are decreasing and that schools, as well as the last Day care centres, are finally permitted to reopen.
Little Lambs has, to date, 250 children returned. During their weekly school days, they enjoy two healthy meals with fruits and vegetables which is vital for their growth and well-being.
The planning for the new Afterschool Care Centre is progressing – but slowly. Once again, great patience is necessary.
For a long time, we did not have the necessary funds to even start planning a new afterschool care center. Then, out of the blue and thanks to the efforts of Marlis Schaper, we received a significant donation from which the fees for an architect could be paid. Initial contacts have been made with Public Works and various permits have already been applied for. It will be exciting and we are full of confidence that our Little Lambs children will soon be cared for in the afternoons at our own Afterschool Care Centre.
The much anticipated Spring in South Africa is finally here! We can hardly believe our good fortune because the dams around Cape Town are 98% full overall and, at the same time, South Africa is now on level 1 of Covid 19 lockdown. Hooray!!
On the first day after lockdown was lifted, more than half of the 300 children at Little Lambs in Hout Bay returned.
All of South Africa eagerly awaited the address by the President, Cyril Ramaphosa. Then finally came the ‘release’ from ‘lockdown’ Level 3 to Level 2. A huge sigh of relief went through the country!
The economy can start to be stimulated again: the opening times of the restaurants are extended; domestic tourism is revived; fitness centres can re-open…
On the 18th July 2020, South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Usually this is a joyful and happy event which South Africans always celebrate with great fervour. This event unites the population; moves people closer together and, for 66 minutes, dedicate themselves to the well-being of their fellow South Africans or the environment.
Covid-19 has us still under control! Some easing of restrictions was introduced from 1st June.
In the townships, many people work without a fixed contract / income; they exist hand-to-mouth. These people have had no income since 27 March 2020 (the first day of the lockdown).
This is where we help.
[22 May 2020]
Even after 57 days of lockdown, only a few easing measures are anticipated. The serious financial consequences for the economy are being discussed in the news while more and more children and poor people suffer from malnutrition and other signs of deficiency. In these extra-ordinary and difficult times, we see ourselves forced to not only support the 6 projects of the Kinderhilfe Kapstadt but also to consider requests from 3 other organisations to help relieve their pressing financial distress.
What an amazing response to our donation campaign! It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank you for your most generous contributions – which enabled us to plan and distribute the food parcels efficiently and timeously.
The 300 food parcels of 18 kg each were packed by YeboFresh and transported to Little Lambs by HomeHeroes – both well-known local Hout Bay companies.
On 18 March 2020, all schools and ECD centres were closed. One week later a complete 21 day ‘lockdown’ was enforced. This means that all citizens must stay at home. These stringent measures are aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. At this time, the terrible inequality which exits in our society is brought to strong light!
For those of you who can and want to help, we will be truly grateful for your assistance!
Our banking details:
The SEEDS Trust
Standard Bank, Constantia
Account No.: 076021459
Branch Code: 025309
It is a requirement of the Department of Education that Kindergarten children make outings annually; something we also find valuable for their introduction to and knowledge of what is ‘on their doorstep’. Their previous outing was an excursion to Hout Bay Beach, this latest one was to the Zip Zap Circus School in town.
Nelson Mandela spent 67 years of his life working for justice; 27 of those years were spent in 3 prisons viz. Robbin Island, Pollsmore and Victor Venster. To commemorate his life, all those living in South Africa are asked to give 67 minutes of their time (as a starting point) to a ‘good cause’ every 18th of July – ‘Mandela Day’.
On April 10th the children of Little Lambs Educare were taken on an excursion to enjoy the beautiful Hout Bay beach. Although most of these children live nearby in the township of Imizamo Yethu, not many parents have ever taken their children to the beach.
Shortly after breakfast, 70 Grade R children were transported by bus from the Day Care to the Museum in Hout Bay.
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