“Every parent wants to provide the best for their child and if they can’t, it must be heart breaking.”
A sad-looking shack, cold cement floor, broken toilet, torn shade netting and old carpets to play on is most certainly not ‘the best’ but that is what the teachers, children and parents of Itikeng Community Crèche in Diepsloot were faced with.
That is, until JAM Germany stepped in with an energetic team who raised the funds and arrived in South Africa to transform the centre into ‘the best’ for the community in September. The team painted and mended for nearly a week, working tirelessly to be ready for the handover party on Friday. The youngest member of the group was 12-year-old Jule Heubach and she worked just as hard as everyone else. Her favourite part was painting the murals in the classrooms!
The handover was an emotional one for the German team and many had tears in their eyes as team leader, Marina Graffunder from JAM Germany, handed Mama Leah the keys to her beautiful new centre. “We are so moved in our hearts – it is the joy of these little ones!”
Mama Leah responds with gratitude: “Thanks to everyone who has come from far to help the children of Diepsloot. Now, my crèche is new and when I see the place, I am grateful!”
“Every parent wants to provide the best for their child and if they can’t, it must be heart breaking – that’s why I felt so sad on the first day,” comments Stephanie Jakobus from JAM Germany, who was visiting South Africa for the first time as part of the makeover team.
“But seeing the makeover and the difference it’s going to make for the children and their families…they are really being given a fair chance to be ready for primary school. This is now a place to feel safe and welcome. These children have experienced so much, seen and felt so many depressing things already, but they’ve now been given a change to forget what’s around them and just be kids!”