Philippi school has a fighting chance to help kids thanks to these crowdfunders

3 Sisters Educare Centre (3SEC) is a school that has grown form strength to strength since it was started in 2008 by Zanele Mgoqi to protect young children in the township of Philippi. The school has increased from a class of 10 children to a group of over 70 children today.

But due to lack of funding and infrastructure, 3SEC has battled with registering as an Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) with the Department of Social Development.

Mgoqi, through perseverance and support of the local community - where many parents struggle to pay the R100 school fee - as well as the backing of NPO Eduvator, may have a chance to help better the lives of these local children.

Eduvator raising resources R100 at a time

As a part of compliance regulations to be registered as an ECDC, 3SEC will need two standard sized classrooms that will cost R500 000. Eduvator has secured an architect and a construction partners to build the classrooms and is crowd funding on their website, asking 5 000 people to each donate a R100.

Our part is to crowd fund the resources. This R500 000 that is required for the classrooms. We’ve got an architect that’s drawn up the plans and a community partner that will do the building. We’re facilitating the process where Zanele can go to the department, get her papers done properly and register, which is her main hurdle at the moment.

Mbali Sikakana, Financial Director of Eduvator

How Eduvator started

Eduvator is an initiative that was founded by Mbali Sikakana and two other Allan Gray Orbis Foundation fellows. She spoke to CapeTalk presenter Kieno Kammies about their journey.

We came up with this initiative to help with education crisis in South Africa. It is a crowd-funding initiative similar to Kickstarter. We decided that our purpose would be to crowd-fund resources to improve infrastructure in the country’s schools. Today we found ourselves here with 3SEC trying to make this difference.

Mbali Sikakana, Financial Director of Eduvator

For more information on 3SEC, Zanele Mgoqi and Eduvator or to donate to the efforts, visit the Eduvator website.

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