The educare centre provides daytime care for disabled children in the Du Noon informal settlement. As the only care centre for mentally and physically challenged children in the area, The centre cares for up to 35 children daily. This involves collecting the children from their homes, bathing them and feeding them nutritious meals. Other than seeing to the kids’ basic needs, caregivers play with the kids and teach them to read, count and dance. Most importantly, in a society in which those with disabilities are stigmatised, caregivers prove that what is most valued is love, support and attention.
- Learn about and work in a local township
- Assisting the people that the rest of society does not understand or looks down on
- Learn how to look after physically and mentally disabled children
- Make a large difference in a child’s life
Project starts: every Monday
Location: Table View, Cape Town
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
About the children:
- Most of the children can speak English yet their home language may be Afrikaans or Xhosa
- The children live in township called Dunoon
- Children at the centre range from 2 – 18yrs.
- The children have a range of disabilities, including autism and celebral palsy.
Volunteers will help in the daily running of the programs for example:
- One-on-one classroom assistance
- Teaching classes
- Feeding the children
- Mind stimulation
- The project runs for 3 – 5 days a week normally from Monday to Friday
- The hours volunteers work will be dependent on the children they are working with.
Average working day:
Programs run for 3 – 5 days a week normally from Monday to Friday.