Adding colour and sound to a movie
A mom’s perspective, by @lbgreeff123
That is the best way to describe our visit to the ForAfrika (previously JAM) Cape Town offices and three local Early Childhood Development centres (ECDs) in #Mfuleni, Kuilsriver.
Six years ago we were inspired by the story of how ForAfrika (then JAM) was birthed and how they go about uplifting and empowering communities throughout Africa. While RunForestRun has been driven to raise funds for this amazing charity, it is so easy to put distance between pound (£) and cause.
But with every minute of our visit, that gap closed. Before only seeing the main storyline, the visit coloured our understanding with the full vibrance, the nuance and the background rhythms that makes ForAfrika and the communities it serves so special.
- Proverbs 31 women. Adel and Thabile from ForAfrika Cape Town and the three Headmasters of the #ECD centres are wise, passionate, caring and move with strength and dignity
- Kids are kids, no matter the background. They play, they love, and they have a crazy amount of energy 🤪
- Excellence. All noses are wiped and clean. On searching for nurseries for my own children, I have seen many crusts on cheeks, but not here. All school uniforms are crisp and clean and worn with pride – putting my personal stain removing and ironing abilities to shame 🤣.
- It starts with one. One woman deciding that a nursery is needed, starting it in the middle of a scrap yard with no government funding that has now grown into a ECD for more than 80 children between the ages of 0 and 5 years.
What I learnt about ForAfrika:
- The ForAfrika porridge truly impacts the next generation. Hearing headmasters excited about weighing new starters, and physically seeing the difference between new children and children having their @ForAfrika bowl a day for a while is amazing.
- You can physically see where the money goes.
We are so grateful that our family got to spend a day with the inspiring ForAfrika family. Our hearts are full and the WHY is strong. Every donation that is equal to a coffee (£5) can truly feed a child for a month.