CORA works closely with communities in which we develop centres. Once a request for assistance has been received we hold an initial meeting to communicate with the community members and to do a needs assessment. We require official letters from municipality for use of demarcated land (for use of day care centre only), from tribal authorities to endorse and support the centre, and commitment from the community members to become active co-partners of the centre. A needs assessment is done based on locality and services available.
Sokhululeka centre, Dongwe village, Eastern Cape (2018)
In the small rural village of Dongwe, between East London and Berlin, in a tiny tin shack, Sokhululeka day care centre was started 3 years ago, by two village women, Nomonde Nelana and Nomzamo Jiwe. Nomonde approached CORA in 2017, to assist them in creating a quality early learning centre for the 35+ children, who attend every day. After consultations and needs assessment done, CORA agreed to build and develop this centre (our 6th centre in EC!). Building started in August 2018, and the new centre now stands proudly, as a beacon of hope to the pre-school children of Dongwe village, where they are being prepared for their future, with strong foundations of basic numeracy and literacy, healthy nutrition and nurturing.
Nompumelelo goes "Off the Grid" (2018)
Nompumelelo is the first of CORAs pre-school centres to go off the grid. 5kW solar power installed, funded by Black and Veatch and Sun Partners, in collaboration with CORA, we are bringing power to the people! The launch of our solar installation, was attended by young and old alike, including media, Dept of Social Welfare, Tribal and village leaders, other organisations, and of course, our funders. All celebrating the day the lights went on in Nompumelelo – the future is bright!
Nompumelelo/CORA pre-school complete (2015/16)
The new Nompumelelo pre-school has been completed, inc water tanks, kitchen, classrooms, with a covered courtyard and play area, plus veg gardens. The community have gifted another plot of land to the centre, in order to enlarge veg gardens, for feeding scheme and to sell, for funds towards running costs of centre.
Somila dcc – Tuba Village, Kwelera (EC) and Nompumelelo day care centre, Nqonqweni village, Berlin (EC): (2013/4)
Both Somila and Nompumelelo centres are currently being developed. The centres have been fenced and secured, and vegetable gardens have been started at both, despite water shortages. At Somila centre a 5000l water tank was installed as there is no running water close to the centre. Work on a new classroom has been completed, and larger jungle gyms added to the childrens playground. The intake of children over the past year, has more than doubled, and the need for more centres increases every year.
The same model will be replicated at Nompumelelo centre. Community involvement plays a large part in sustainability of the centres, and in Nonqweni village, the community has rallied to support the centre and it’s children. Between the two centres, another 150 children will benefit from CORA enrichment centres.
Noluthando centre (Nyara village, Mooiplaas, EC): (2012/3)
At the beginning of 2012 CORA was approached by Mr Grey (committee chairman) and Nkosazana Gola of Noluthando day care centre in Nyara village, to help prevent the centre from closing. Noluthando was being run at the time from a broken, rusted shack, no windows, leaking roof, holes in the wall. After meeting with the community to do a needs assessment, CORA began fundraising and developing Noluthando day care centre, which cares for 35 – 40 children.
In April 2013 we transformed the rusted shack into 4 new spaces, including nap room, “kitchen” and fully refurbished container , which has become a safe, equipped classroom. The vegetable garden has grown from a few seedlings to a very productive kitchen garden, which is now feeding 40 children a day, on top of which, the carers are able to feed their families from the excess growth. Water is a major problem as the only tap close to the centre is often dry, yet exceptional results thanks to the women who garden. Funding is being sourced to install a water tank at this centre.
Mandela Park (Hilltop, Mooiplaas, Eastern Cape): (2011)
A small centre serving the Hilltop community 60kms outside of East London. CORA staged an intervention in early 2010, as the centre had run out of funds, and had no other support or funding prospects.
CORA fenced and secured property, the installed 2 enviro-san toilets, created a large vegetable garden, provided educational toys and materials, and renovated the existing container, as well as a feeding scheme for 2 meals a day. Mandela Park was registered shortly after this with DoSD who pay monthly visits to monitor progress. Mandela Park cares for 20 children from the surrounding area.
Peacock day care center (Masiphumelele, WC): (2010)
Peacock day care center is situated in the heart of Masiphumelele in the southern peninsula of Cape Town, and was one of CORAs first make-overs, together with Old Mutual in November 2010. Three carers look after and provide early learning and development for 36 children under the age of 6.
After the completion of our make-over, the centre was registered with Social Development and are now benefitting from grants for each child attending the centre.