Covid – 19 fundraiser to save our schools

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For the past 13 years I have lived and breathed the carefree sound of children's laughter, the chaos and craziness of so many energetic little bodies, and the wonderful sound of a million never ending questions. This has been the daily bread that has fed my soul and provided my purpose. The past few weeks of lockdown has left my heart lost and longing for these children that have become mine to love, to teach and to guide 10 hours out of 24, 5 days out of 7. Our school - a place of magic and fantasy, a wonderland of brightness and colour, our children - princes and princesses, doctors, artists, presidents, writers, scientists or anyone else they wish to be. It is here where we nurture the leaders of tomorrow, where our interactions with these little ones set the sails to the course of their lives. What we do is so important, what we teach, even beyond the abc's and 123's, is important. These children will grow up and may forget us, yet the evidence of our presence in their first five years, will forever echo in the people they become.

Yesterday my life was filled with daily joy that can only be experienced through the eyes of a child. Today there are just empty classrooms in our schools, and heavy, empty spaces in our hearts

Our lives as we have known it has been abruptly interrupted due to Covid-19, leaving all of us with more questions than answers, and fears that did not exist a few short weeks ago, and we find ourselves lost in a state of limbo, not knowing where or how to tread in order to move forward. Yesterday I was on the path I chose to set out for my life, my purpose in hand. Today, suddenly, the path has been swallowed beneath my feet, my purpose as uncertain as the future I am now forced to face, and Tomorrow has become a place I cannot contemplate. As each day has passed, the reality and the gravity of the situation we now find ourselves in has become impossible to ignore, and the weight of the resulting financial burden, too heavy for our school and our parents to bear alone. We have been blessed with amazing parents whom have tried their best, despite their own financial battles, to try and pay where possible, but with the extension of lockdown, loss of income, reduced hours and retrenchments have forced too many of our parents into a situation where they have no choice but to put the needs of their home and their family first. Our monthly income has dropped by two thirds, leaving us unable to cover our own monthly responsibilities. Despite our own dire financial position, I find it unconscionable to demand full payment from our parents, and of those very few that are able continue to contribute, most are paying at discounts of 50% and up. This has had a devastating impact on our ability to pay our 18 staff members, our monthly bond of R 59 820 per month at our one school and the rental of R 25 000 at our other branch, water & electricity, security, insurance and all the other critical costs which allow our school to exist. The cost for these two properties add up to R 85 000 per month. With the the rates and services added, we are looking at around R 100 000 that we need to be able to pay per month in order to ensure that our buildings are not at risk, and that we will be able to return after lockdown. These are devastating amounts to get behind on, currently standing on R 200 000 after only two months, and the reality is that there is a very, very real, monthly increasing, risk of losing these buildings, and having to close down our schools permanently.

Due to Covid-19, like so very many businesses in South Africa and across the world, we have been forced into an impossible financial situation, with no help or relief in sight. It is estimated that around 30 000 preschools, creches and educare centers in South Africa alone, will be forced to close their doors due to the financial repercussions of this pandemic. Preschools form part of the critical support structure of our economy, with no business area exempt from the impact when these schools are forced to close their doors for good, and mothers and fathers are unable to go to work without a safe and trusted place to leave their children. With more than 40% of parents indicating that their children will not be returning to school before the end of this year, even if lockdown is withdrawn, financial recovery will be a long journey over the next twelve months before we may even be close to operating our schools at capacity.

Our preschools are in dire, beyond desperate need of financial assistance. It is here where we now turn to our community and utterly humble, stand here with open hearts and hands and ask for your help in order to keep our schools from slipping away and becoming just another casualty of Covid-19. Our place in our community and in our children's lives are simply too important.These schools are a huge part of our children's lives, the place where they go and have fantastic adventures every day with their "best-est" friends. It is their safe place, their special place where they learn, and conquer and grow daily, and get to play and mess and have fun. All of this has been ripped without warning from them , with no chance to prepare and say goodbye. It would be a devastating tragedy to never have another child walk through these doors.

It is really hard for me to ask for help, but if I don't there is no way that we will be able to keep our doors open, and sadly it seems as though things are still going to get a bit worse for our industry before it gets better. We would be so absolutely grateful for any contribution, no matter how small, that would help enable us to weather this storm and pay some of our obligations towards our buildings in order to keep our doors open and ready to receive our children in the near future.

If you are unable to assist us financially, please, please help us by sharing this page with as many people as possible.

Thank you so much for taking a moment to read, and consider our heartfelt plea for assistance.


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Donors

  • Candice Gain
  • Donated on May 29, 2020
  • Stronger together! Can’t wait to see everyone again and to hear the kids playing

R100.00
R300.00
  • Mike von Buddenbrock
  • Donated on May 27, 2020
R1000.00

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8 donors
  • Candice Gain
  • Donated on May 29, 2020
  • Stronger together! Can’t wait to see everyone again and to hear the kids playing

R100.00
R300.00
  • Mike von Buddenbrock
  • Donated on May 27, 2020
R1000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 27, 2020
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  • Percival Molahloe
  • Donated on May 26, 2020
R650.00
R500.00
  • Catherine Hayman
  • Donated on May 26, 2020
  • I applaud the work you guys do! Thank you for always supporting us as a family and assisting where my child needed special attention!

R500.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on May 24, 2020
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