Hearts of Hope have purchased the home next door to the children’s home in Wendywood.
The Wendywood Development Centre where Hearts of Hope is the only shareholder was established on the property in February 2015.
The Centre serves a number of purposes:
- We have between 12 and 16 children at any one time requiring Early Childhood Development level education. With this volume of children, it is far more cost effective to set up and run our own ECD Centre than to pay fees to another school. In addition, our children come from abused and vulnerable backgrounds and don’t have extended family for mothers’ day, grandparents day etc. as well as having their own emotional and behavioural challenges. It is absolutely essential that the children be provided with the right level of educational intervention that also provides the emotional and pyscho-social support that they need, particularly in their early, formative years.
- Many of our children, due to their disadvantaged backgrounds, struggle with Maths and English at school. Instead of incurring the fees and logistical cost of taking them to remedial lessons, they will attend these lessons at the Development Centre.
- In our environment where the children are born into disadvantaged circumstances and have development delays, occupational therapy and play therapy are essential therapy requirements. As such, we also have a therapy room where this therapy can take place.
- The school runs with a full staff complement of qualified teachers and is managed by a Principal with over 25 years teaching experience. We have 3 classes, catering for all ECD age groups.
Wendywood Development Centre shareholding is 100% Hearts of Hope. The Directors are 60% Black African South Africans and 99.7% of our children are Black African South African children. As such, the Centre qualifies in terms of Enterprise Development requirements of BBBEE legislation in South Africa.
Should you be interested in supporting the children’s home school, we have the following needs:
- Sponsorship of teacher and teacher assistant salaries per month (ZAR 34000)
- Renovation costs – we have extended the premises to cater for 3 classes so that the children of different ages can be accommodated to their best educational advantage (ZAR 500K)
- Support in terms of utilities costs– electricity and water via Eskom and City of JHB (ZAR 12000)
- Food and cleaning materials – we happily accept gift vouchers and will provide receipts (ZAR 5000)
- Classroom materials such as paint and stationery, educational puzzles and games (ZAR 25000)