“The People for Ukajede Foundation” is a non profit organisation (NPO 037 – 504) which was started by staff members of the Birchwood Hotel in 2004. The Foundation seeks to improve pre-school education levels by supporting crèches in the nearby local informal settlement on the border of Boksburg and Germiston. The name Ukajede is an acronym for the 5 suburbs which make up the informal settlement namely: Ulana, Kanana, Angelo, Jerusalem and Delmore.
After 6 years of existence, the foundation now supports a total of 9 crèches, four of which have been formally registered with and are recognised by the Gauteng Department of Education. The foundation assists each crèche with communication wherever possible with the Departments of Health and Education respectively as well as assist the teachers with achieving their early childhood development training. The foundation also has a feeding scheme in which each and every child attending the crèches receives at least one warm meal a day.
This year, Birchwood is proud to announce the foundations latest achievement – the opening of the brand new Angelo Crèche. To date, the crèche has been operating in the areas’ community church, a 6 x 6 metre container.
The need for a designated structure for the crèche has steadily been growing and with more than 35 children now attending the crèche, the decision was made to build a permanent structure. Funding for this project came largely from Dutch contributions. The crèche has two 5 x 5 metre class rooms, a kitchen, 1 bathroom with 2 toilets and two basins a store room and a fence around the property.
Deidre Jonker, Acting chairperson for the foundation comments, “This is an extremely exciting development for the Foundation and as always, it is due to the ongoing support we receive. Our goal now is to fill this new structure up to further assist our children with their learning. We look forward to achieving this goal and with your support, completing this is not a possibility, but inevitable”.
Please contact Deidre Jonker at the Birchwood Hotel on 011 897 0112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.