What started out as a mere vision by Pastors Neville and Wendy to help empower the underprivileged people of South Africa, ended in a beautiful tale. A letter signed on a cigarette box was the start of what is now considered one of the most successful educare centres in Khayelitsha. In July 1988, Bonginkosi Educare opened its doors to an initial eight children aged 3 years and older.
Under the watchful eye of Sue Maartens, the school gained the trust of locals in Khayelitsha and soon grew to include infants and toddlers. To-date, more than 10, 000 children have received care through this school.
What we do
Bonginkosi has over 300 children in our care, many of which are new born babies and children who are HIV positive or AIDS orphans. The care and nutrition these children receive allows them to flourish at school as they are adequately prepared for their formal schooling careers. Feedback from graduated scholars is often received by the educare, proving Bonginkosi’s efforts are not only worthwhile, but they create brighter futures.
The educare also provides fundamental stage education to ensure the children are equipped with foundational knowledge to start their school career.
Meals for the Kids
Each day all scholars receive two meals and two snacks. This is often the only food some of the less fortunate children receive for the day.
The centre is reliant on monthly fees for its income: R300 for children older than 3, and R350 for children younger than 3. Bonginkosi, as a non-profit organisation, does receive assistance from the Western Cape Provincial Administration, however these subsidies only cover the poorest of families and often this is problematic to prove.
The rest of the centre’s income, required to cover running costs, is dependent on donations received from external sources. Daily running costs include staff salaries, water, electricity, gas, food and maintenance.