Background and description:
Aitsa! After Care Centre opened its doors in 2014 in the picturesque village of Kylemore. Most of the families in Kylemore are in challenging circumstances as parents work long hours and they struggle under the burden of poverty. Children are often left unattended, hungry and neglected, roaming the streets. Such children find solace in groups. In similar situations and together they can get involved in crime, sexual promiscuity and substance abuse.
For this reason, an after-care centre, open every afternoon after school, plays such an integral role. Not only does Aitsa! provide a safe place where children receive a cooked meal and fruit daily, but it is a place where children’s full potential can be developed.
Through holistic programs Aitsa! provides a stimulated, nurturing and loving environment. Currently they serve 200 children between the ages of 5 and 13 years and 16 full time staff members, mostly residing in the village of Kylemore.
Core Purpose and Impact:
Aitsa! After Care Centre wants to create a safe, loving and stimulating environment where each child’s full potential can be developed. We commit to partnering with each child and his/her parents from age 5 until they reach adulthood at the age of 18. We want to take in 35 kids, annually from Grade R to Grade 12. We will have a total 455 children in the next 7 years.
We have the following needs that still need funding:
1. Library: We want to extend our current library into a bigger container format. Providing space for a study area, reading corner and variety of books for children and parents: Cost R20 000
2. Electricity cables: Cost R55 000
3. Table tennis table: Cost R10 000
4. Plants for our play area: Cost R5000
5. Volunteer and team t shirts: Cost R6000
6. Repair of ablutions: Cost R10 000
7. Security cameras: Cost R20 000
8. Classroom container: Cost: R150 000
How to get involved
@ Mentorship Program: Join our team of mentors and be part of our big brother/big sister program for Gr 4-5. One hour a week.
@ Reading buddies and Maths tutors. Small group facilitation. One hour a week.
@ Sponsor-a-child-program: Sponsor a child/ren for R300 per child per month and ensure that he/she gets a safe and stimulating environment after school.
@ Sponsor-a teacher program: Sponsor a teacher for between R3500 and R10 000 per month.
@ Sport coach: Join our variety of sport programs and give your input or start your own sport at Aitsa!
@ Cultural programs: Join our current cultural programs like art, choir or dancing or start your own
@ Counsellor: Weekly sessions of individual or group therapies
@ Donation: Please consider making a donation. All SA residence’s donations are tax deductible
@ Prayer buddy: Join our weekly onsite prayer group or become a prayer buddy for specific children and educators
@ Corporate sponsorship:
Let your company donate or sponsor any of the above and receive a tax certificate. We are also fully BEE accredited. Aitsa! also welcome corporate team building activities where staff can interact with children or help with painting and gardening.