New Era Crèche
Mama Glenrose Mashiqa was moved by the plight of young mothers who needed to go to town in search of piece jobs. They had no safe place for their children to stay while they went searching for employment. Moreover, they had no money to pay for childcare. She opened her home to look after these children, and as her reputation grew, she eventually began New Era Crèche, and now cares for more than 130 children daily.
Situated in Mdantsane in East London which is Africa’s second largest township, Mama Glenrose started charging a minimal fee that she hoped parents could afford, but she will never turn a mother and child away when they can’t. But, she realised that they all needed a little extra hope. Clover Mama Afrika helped her achieve this, and she now has a studio in her backyard where she trains people in various skills so that they can become self-sustainable. She makes up the shortfall for the crèche by selling a variety of arts and crafts. Her food garden, bakery and egg laying projects provide her with the opportunity to provide proper nutrition to those in her care and generate additional income from the excess.