67 minutes spent with children

The children were ecstatic to receive meals and party packs.

Staff of the Early Learning Resource Unit (Elru), in Lansdowne, visited the Phandulwazi community hall in Langa, to give their 67 minutes for Mandela Day.

The Elru team arrived with soup and bread, as well as take-home packs full of delicious goodies. This initiative was sponsored by two of Elru’s development partners, the Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation and Joint Aid Management SA (JAM SA).

JAM SA donated takkies to all the children of the Langa programme and the Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation donated carpets for 40 playgroups, along with soap, facecloths and toilet rolls for the 240 children.

Elru has projects in Langa, Khayelitsha, Philippi, Saldanha, the Northern Cape and the North West, with a focus on 9 000 children under the age of five years.

Development partner JAM SA feeds all the children daily with porridge. For the Mandela Day initiative, the Elru staff donated soup, bread, and party packs, and the programme consisted of children singing the songs that they learn in the playgroups and at home.

Elru’s Family and Community Motivators programme started in 2010 in Langa with five women, and now there are 57 women in it. These women are often the breadwinners in their families.

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