How You Can Help
If you would like to be a conduit for change there is no better place to start than here, at the very beginning of children’s lives.
Please join us as we lay the foundations for children to love learning and become everything for which they have the potential.
It costs almost R2 million a year to run the Philippi Children’s Centre – to pay our 23 staff and provide food and resources to our children. You can help in so many ways.
Both the Dept of Social Development and the Western Cape Education Dept recognise the value of the work done at the Centre and make grants. However, these are by no means sufficient to cover operating costs
You can make a donation either for general use by the Centre or for a particular purpose, e.g. teacher training, specific equipment or for outings for the children. Please get in touch and we can tell you what are our current needs. Banking details are on Contact Us. Those outside South Africa can use Pay Pal if they prefer.
For South African businesses, a donation to the Centre can count towards your BBBEE (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment) score card.
If children are unable to get to the Centre, we lose income from school fees and government grants. Very young children need a school bus in order to travel to the Centre, most parents do not have cars and there is little public transport. We heavily subsidise the children who rely on the bus every day (about half the school). The bus fund is used for this subsidy, for servicing and repairs as well as to build up a fund to replace the vehicle.
Some of our brightest and most deserving children can find themselves in a position where their parents are unable to pay school fees – they become unemployed or ill for example. To sponsor a child for a year, including bus fares, costs R500 a month.
The Centre tries very hard to keep children in school but it is essential to charge these very small fees in order to be able to continue and help all the children registered.
Example: Melvyn and Denzyl were orphaned at 3 and 4 years of age when their mother died. Their grandmother took them in but was unable to find R500 a month for school fees and transport. A wonderful Dutch couple sponsored the boys so that they could have a really good start when they began primary school.
The PCC kids just love the volunteers. And the volunteers fall in love with the children. Every year selfless young men and women from overseas choose to spend part of their gap year or vacation working at the Centre. Something they will never forget.
The children adore the extra attention and enthusiasm these dedicated people bring. For the staff, the extra hands are a great help. Mainly, the volunteers interact with the children, helping in the classroom and playground under supervision of teaching staff. English is the working language. They have also painted murals and signs, helped with the garden, taken part in the school concert. Never a dull moment. One young man helped the caretaker.
Volunteers come for any length of time from a couple of weeks to several months. Some return following years, often bringing their families with them. One of the world’s top ten tourist destinations, Cape Town has plenty to offer when not working at the Centre. Many make a stay at the Centre as part of a longer round-Africa trip. There are many companies that will organize a trip to South Africa, providing traveling, accommodation, insurance, etc. If you have difficulty finding one, the PCC office can put you in touch with something suitable.
Let us know if you are interested! Head on over to our contact page and send us a message!
A New Hall – Our Dream for 2019
A New Hall – Our Dream for 2019
A proper hall for school concerts, drama, dancing and after school activities – that is the dream of PCC.
Other people already use PCC premises. A church meets on a Sunday. Situated in the middle of a farming area, the Centre is well placed for visiting health clinics. It is used for voter registration, as a polling station, for workshops and for parenting classes. All these are valuable services to the community. A purpose built hall with its own toilets and kitchen will give even better facilities. Philippi Children’s Centre will need to raise R3 million.
Why not help us make our dream come true by sponsoring bricks?
Donations in kind - Wish List
Donations in kind - Our Wish List
Here are a few things we need on a daily basis
|Food - Dried & tinned
(Three months to six years)
Soaps and baby care products
Seed and vegetable