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Ibhayi Early Learning Centre

For the past eight years we have been serving the people of Aloes, an informal settlement east of P.E. This community has now moved to Wells Estate. Most of the people in this community are unemployed and poorly skilled. We started with feeding the children daily and providing clothing and some medical attention. At the new location at Wells Estate, a new township at the door of the new Coega harbor, we knew we could not feed the children of about two thousand families.

We continued our involvement by establishing an early learning centre. We employ Mrs. Thoko Matthews, a retired school principal, and fitted out a wooden classroom for the twenty, five year olds.

 In conjunction with Mrs. Grace Fezi we have also started feeding the elderly and frail. We have been blessed with financial assistance from SPAR Eastern Cape. All other funding is currently provided by our church.

It is our long term goal to procure a plot from local government and develop the early learning centre which can cater for far more children. We will build a permanent community centre that can teach children in the morning and adults in the afternoon and evening. The feeding that is being offered to the elderly will also need a bigger kitchen as the project grows. At present the elderly people gather in the street to eat their meal.

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January 2004 - First day at school
January 2004 - First day at school
January 2004 - First day at school
January 2004 - First day at school
Yearly party at the church in Bluewater Bay
Ingrid with community children
Helmut & Ingrid from Germany - before school opened

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