Sunbeam Crèche in Westlake is currently facing a possible closure due to over-crowding. The crèche has to somehow find a way to expand its facilities by the 14th of June, or shut down.
The facility currently looks after 32 children who are from the Westlake community.
Bonnie Bester of the Orphan Care Foundation has launched Project Sunbeam in a bid to save the crèche
Listen to the full conversation below:
According to Chanel, the crèche owner, the crèche is taking care of children whose parents have no other means of looking after them because they have to work.
She says they sometimes do night shifts, taking care of children while their parents are on night shifts.
We cook for them and share whatever we having for supper with them— Chanel, Owner
Chanel says Social Development came to do an inspection and later told them that they failed to meet the required criteria. They were told to sort out these problems, or face closure.
She says if the crèche closes, the children in their care might end up on the streets.
Speaking to CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson, Bester says they started project Sunbeam to try and keep it from closing, because it is caring for some of the city’s most vulnerable children.
This is their safe space where they are love and cared for— Bonnie Bester of the Orphan Care Foundation
Chanel and her family spend more time with these children, more than their parents do. Not that they don’t want to, but because they have to provide for their family.— Bonnie Bester of the Orphan Care Foundation