Despite never having had the opportunity to go to school, Mama Dorah Tshabalala was determined not to let the youth in her community get caught in the cycle of poverty. When she witnessed the children in her community living without food and uncared for during the day when their parents were at work, she was determined to step in and give them a chance.
She is the proverbial sponge that soaks up every bit of knowledge, learning everything she needed to know to open her own pre-school, and follows an Early Childhood Development programme to provide these children with opportunities they would otherwise not be able to access. She provides them with meals and a safe place to play during the day, as well as teaching them the basics of reading and writing. Employed parents pay a minimal fee per month, but she won’t turn a child away if the parent cannot afford it.