Somerset West Creche
Stable Ministries was founded in the Strand townships by Pastor Morris Van Zyl in 2003 for a group of Zimbabwean Christians who worked in his construction company, Van Zyl Builders. He bought a double stand in Nomzamo, Somerset West on which they eventually, after a lot of resistance from the community committee, built a church in 2010.
The women in the church were looking for employment opportunities for themselves and started looking after babies at home. They identified the need for a Christian crèche in the community and Morris started it in the church-building with 6 children. When Morris passed away at the end of 2012 in a tragic work accident, Shofar Somerset West stepped in and took up his legacy. By then the crèche catered for 15 children. Kibwe Kids(sister NGO to Prochorus www.kibwekids.org ) bought the property to ensure the continuation of the work started on the property.
Prochorus was approached in 2013 and a donor, Secure Data erected two wooden structures (18m2& 27m2) as permanent homes for the expanding crèche. The crèche caters for up to 25 children between the ages of 4 months and 6 years, on a daily basis with two full-time teachers looking after them from 7am to 6pm. The structures are used for educational purposes when outreaches are done in the community. The structures are also used by the church on Sundays for the children’s church.
Masikhule, an NGO in the Helderberg is also involved with the ECD facility. Prochorus wants to ensure that the learning taking place inside the facility provides the children with a solid foundation for life-long learning and productive participation in life. Maikhule provides training for the teachers and supports and mentors the crèche from an educational perspective.
The wooden structures still had no electricity or ceilings which meant a very cold classroom during winter. During the November 2013 floods in the Helderberg, extensive damage occurred at the crèche and with the help of Secure Data, Prochorus started repairs by replacing the wooden floors with a concrete floor in the one structure and securing the structure to the ground.
Kibwe Kids recently funded the supply of electricity to the church grounds. Gerard Ter Haar is the liaison person for the growing Prochorus Somerset West.
The local Shofar church assists with volunteers to the project in Nomzamo. Project Letsgrow Nomzamo has started and we look forward to future involvement from them.
Bester Feed & Grain have recently allocated funds to paint the outside of the crèches with Biblical scenes. When it’s completed around middle October 2014, both the crèche structures will be equipped with solid concrete floors, painted inside walls, insulated ceilings, shelving for the educational toys, educational and Biblical posters on all walls, huge painted blackboards in each structure, desk and chairs for the teachers, mattresses for nap-times and cutlery and crockery for lunch-time. The outsides of the two structures will also be painted with huge Biblical scenes, done by the staff of Bester Feed.
Here follows some of the future needs for the crèche:
- training of staff and raising of volunteers
- the supply of electricity to the crèche and installing of fluorescent lights and plug-points
- a TV and DVD-player for educational purposes
- security gates on the two doors
- burglar bars for the four windows
- roofed overhangs over the two doors
- carpets or some type of permanent flooring on the concrete floors
- a built-up washing-up area with double basin and roofed overhang
- renovated toilets
- a solar geyser
- a microwave
- a refrigerator