This Project started in 2001 (under a tree!) for underprivileged pre-school children from different areas all over Rustenburg. The kids are from different racial backgrounds but that is not a factor when they are chosen to be part of the Project. The Project is accommodated free of charge in the church hall, courtesy of the NG Church Rustenburg South.
The Project receives no government funds and is funded by individuals and a few businesses in Rustenburg.
We follow the national curriculum and the same themes as used by pre-primary schools. We aim to effectively stimulate and prepare these underprivileged children for school. We have a qualified teacher for the Grade R learners, but volunteers manage the other classes. Grade R learners’ readiness for school as well as their eyesight are tested.
We make use of a bus service to transport the children every day to school and back. This is currently one of our biggest expenses!
Our ex-learners are our pride and joy! They are constantly receiving accolades and some of them have been chosen as prefects. One of our first learners enrolled in 2016 as a first year university student!
The almost 50 children from the Project receive a nutritious meal every school day, prepared and delivered by volunteers. These volunteers work according to a roster where they take turns once a term.
Many local people volunteer their time, knowledge and special talents to ensure the success of our Project. We are always in need of volunteers for the big and small tasks such as:
- Daily preparation and delivering of food to our school for the children
- Baking (or arranging for) a cake for one child and a gift during the year
- Teaching the children in our classes and ensuring that our children are educated and stimulated
- Working endlessly behind the scenes to ensure the Project runs smoothly
- Medical personnel who treat our children free of charge when needed
Wee Care Activities during the year
Each family receives a Christmas hamper over December when schools close for the holidays. With this hamper we hope to bring some relief and Christmas joy for our families.
We conduct various projects throughout the year to gather books, school material, used and new stationery for the school. We donate pencil cases and bags with stationery to other underprivileged schools in the area.
It is our mission to ensure each one of our Grade R graduates receive a school uniform, school bag and stationary for their big day to ensure they start at the same level as their peers.
The Project currently funds four children who are in the hostel in Koster due to challenging circumstances at home.
Two of the highlights on our calendar are our annual concert and Christmas Tree function for the children.
Wee Care Project hosts a Childrens’ week during the July holidays at Karlienpark for the children of that area. We endeavour to stimulate their creativity, provide them with nourishment and conduct a spiritual programme at the same time.