A small tuck shop (kiosk) in rural KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is serving as a makeshift crèche (kinder garden) for 41 children. The tuck shop is not suitable for the children. They must stay inside a small room with small, broken windows. Outside the little room, three volunteers are trying to cook for them and take care of them, but the situation is desperate. There are no toilet facilities in the tuck shop, so they must manage as best they can.

Two failed attempts at building a new crèche

They have tried twice to build a proper crèche but both attempts have failed. The first time they tried using bricks made of mud but the structure collapsed early on during construction:

The bricks were made of mud and the structure collapsed during construction.
The second time, they managed to source proper bricks, but the structure still didn’t hold. It crumbled during strong winds while it was still under construction.

After the two failed attempts at building a crèche, they are left hopeless and with nowhere else to stay but the old tuck shop.

We have pledged to help them build a proper crèche and toilets for the children.

AVA has decided to raise money to build a larger, safer and durable crèche. The children need a place to be during the day so that the single mothers raising them can have a chance at going to school and getting jobs.

What’s happening in this project?