CAPTION: Nolufefe Educare Centre in Philippi has been saved from a complete shut-down. The dilapidated prefabricated building, which was declared structurally unsafe by engineers, has been temporarily closed so that work can begin on Monday next week (24 October 2016) to completely refurbish the Centre and add a new section to it, thanks to the Rotary Club of Claremont’s Injongo Project, in partnership with the Lewis Group. [High resolution images available on request]

Eighty-nine children under the age of six attended the Nolufefe Educare Centre. However, their safety was a concern to the community and so the premises were formally vacated earlier this month. The children are now based at a temporary venue so that construction work can commence shortly. The refurbished Educare Centre will be complete by the end of March next year.

“Renovations and new buildings are just one element of Rotary’s Injongo Project which has already worked with 47 other Educare Centres in Philippi,” explains Ian Robertson, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont. The Injongo Project is the largest of its kind in the country, with a total spend of R12 million to date. “The idea is to work holistically with Educare Centres to ensure early childhood development takes place with the best possible outcomes. This involves equipping teachers with the skills they need to offer educationally stimulating learning opportunities for young children before they start formal schooling in Grade 1.”

“The granting of government subsidies are dependent upon educare centres meeting minimum standards and health and safety requirements. The Injongo Project’s swift action has saved Nolufefe Educare Centre from a complete shut-down by authorities,” adds Robertson.

Lewis has partnered with the Rotary Club of Claremont’s Injongo Project for the past five years. “We are committed to uplifting the communities in which we operate. We are delighted to make a meaningful difference in developing the young lives of the local children, providing them with opportunities to thrive in their inspiring new educational envi­ronment, which we know will provide excellent opportunities for a great number of children for many years to come,” says Johan Enslin, CEO of the Lewis Group.

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with, please visit http://claremontrotary.co.za/.