A group of young people from Nyanga have taken it upon themselves to revamp a local crèche but they need assistance in completing the renovations.
The 22-year-old crèche is in a bad state, after heavy winter rain left it with damaged walls and roof and the paint is wearing off.
Athenkosi Bija, who has since taken over the crèche, says: “The crèche belongs to my late mother who passed away in 2017 and she managed the crèche.
“The lockdown dried up finances and the crèche plays an important role in the community. Not all families can afford to pay crèche fees and we assist wherever possible.”
He said they would also like to run a soup kitchen on the premises as there is a huge need in the community.
The youngsters have cut the grass around the building and cleared the debris but Odwa Gibisela said a lot is needed to get the place up to a good standard.
“We wanted to prepare the crèche so that the children can find it in a good state when they return to once crèches return to operations during lockdown.
“We need paint for the walls, ceiling boards and other items that can assist with the renovations.”
The crèche employs four people and Odwa adds: “This is a community crèche and we have been sending funding requests to organizations but with no luck.
Some crèches have reopened since Judge Hans Fabricius from the North Gauteng High Court ruled that they may open given that they do so safely during the pandemic.
Anyone who would like to assist with donations of any kind can contact Odwa Gibisela on 067 754 8922.