In Cape Town recently, on the chilliest, greyest and wettest of early Spring days, it was a huge privilege to meet the incredible Nikki Pretorius, founder of Sunshine Educare. Located until June this year at the Skandaalkamp settlement, the entire community and its school have now been moved lock, stock and barrel to a site known as Wolwerivier (‘River of Wolves’). Families from the settlement are being moved in to single roomed dwellings, too small for most to live comfortably and their animals have been moved without shelter being provided. But despite it all Nikki remains positive. She has to. There is now more land (although it is entirely barren) for her school and she hopes more children will be able to access education: the school is set to grow from 60 to 250 young children over the next 2 years, ‘a massive growth that will keep us on our toes’ she exclaims. The process requires more buildings and more teachers and a huge vegetable garden too. And as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, Nikki’s plans also include her dream to provide cluster housing on site for foster and orphaned children. It’s a long way off, she admits. This is the very poorest of communities and support is desperately needed: quite simply they stay alive through the compassion and generosity of others and rely 100% on donations from those wanting to help and make a difference.
Please, please do read more about Nikki’s work at www.sunshineschool.co.za or see her story and her community on instagram at nikki_pretorius.
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