WELCOME TO YOMELELANI
”Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future” (Nelson Mandela)
It is astonishing that nearly 70% of children under 5 years old in South African Townships do not attend school. Furthermore 25% of these children are undernourished.
Yomelelani is a Community Early Childhood Development (ECD) School located in Zwelihle, an over populated Township on the outskirts of Hermanus in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Its Mission is to provide education and nourishment for children from the poorest families in Zwelihle in a positive and happy learning environment thus helping to keep the children off the streets and enabling their Fathers, Mothers or carers to seek work or complete their own education.
The school provides a structured childhood education up to Grade R for 260 children aged 3 months to 6 years old. Offering Grade R Tuition greatly enhances the learners chances of being accepted in one of the local primary schools at their first attempt.
Yomelelani works closely with the Municipality, The Western Cape Education Department and the local Community. The School receives generous philanthropic support from a number of South African Sponsors, Trusts and individual donors. Overseas donors, including The Yomelelani Trust UK offer additional support.
We see a bright future for Yomelelani. It is an exciting model for an ECD School
“Yomelelani” in Xhosa is “Be strong”. Our dream is to create stronger early childhood development opportunities for the Zwelihle community.
PLEASE HELP US TO ACHIEVE THS DREAM TOGETHER.