The Darcey Sunshine Foundation aims to create lasting partnerships with preschools from our local, vulnerable communities. We hope to be able to consistently offer practical water safety education as part of the grade R curriculum forever more, creating a new generation of water aware children. Only through education can we prevent the tragic number of drowning incidents each year.
FUNDI RAINBOW EDUCARE
ASANDA VILLAGE, STRAND, CAPE TOWN
Fundi Rainbow Educare Centre was founded in 2020 by the enigmatic Fundiswa Vavi. A vision from God put her on a path, as she moved her family out of her house and into a Wendy house in the garden in order to create a safe space for the children of her local community.
It was her dream to make early childhood development available to children from all walks of life, including those with special needs or learning disabilities.
In the 2 years since its inception, Fundi Rainbow Educare has grown from 5 children and one member of staff to 85 children and 9 employees.
We were delighted to introduce practical water safety to the children of Fundi Rainbow Educare, and they became the very first children to attend our programme in 2021. Since then, a firm partnership has been created with Jo Jo Swimming Academy, ensuring the grade R children here continue to receive this essential life skill as part of their Grade R school curriculum each year.
EERSTERIVER, CAPE TOWN
Maryka's Educare was founded in 2006 a dedicated woman, Maryka Plaatjies. Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Eesrsteriver, they provide a safe and secure environment for the children of the local community. Maryka started her journey within her living room, with just 2 children in 2006, today they welcome over 100 children daily, with 8 educators. The aim at Maryka Educare is to provide a well managed and purposeful education programme, to give the children their primary attention and to the best of their ability, build a solid foundation for the children, preparing them for the future ahead.
Each child also receives a well balanced meal daily.
Maryka partnered with the Darcey Sunshine Foundation in 2021, introducing practical water safety as part of their grade R curriculum. "Since our children started the programme, we don't only see growth but we see excitement, we see self-esteem and confidence and most of all, pride." Says Maryka.
We look forward to a long relationship with Maryka Educare, ensuring the children of Eesrsteriver grow up that little bit safer.
COVENANT KIDS ECD CENTRE
RUSTHOF TOWNSHIP, STRAND, CAPE TOWN
Chrizell Strangman gave up her secure, full-time job as a principal teacher to create a beacon of hope and caring in a local township. She founded Covenant Kids ECD in 2019 and took her first children in 2020.
In order to make her dream a reality, her family purchased and cleared a house in Ruston township, moved into a rented apartment nearby and created a safe space for 34 local children. Since then, that number has increased to 80 children attending daily, from age 4 months to 6 years. They collect and drop of children from the local community each day, providing a healthy breakfast and lunch along with a stimulating learning programme in a safe, harmonious environment.
In 2022 we created a partnership between Making Waves Swim and Surf School and Covenant Kids to ensure their Grade Rs recieve practical water safety education as part of their curriculum going forward.
KUILSRIVER, CAPE TOWN
Bottelary Primary School is a small prep school located in the Winelands of the Western Cape. It serves the children of the Kraaifontein and farming communities in the area, many growing up next to the large open bodies of water in the farm lands. With 2 Grade R classes, partnership with Bottelary allows us to reach all 60 grade R children with essential, practical, water safety education. Stellenbosch Aquatics and Jade's Swim School have teamed up to ensure effective weekly swimming lessons as part of the grade R curriculum going forward.
SMARTIE TOWN, MACASSAR, CAPE TOWN
Little Smarties began with a couple of paint brushes and large sheets of paper on the streets of Smartie Town, Macassar. Dr Bryony May asked The Darcey Sunshine Foundation to come on board to introduce informal education for the children of this challenged community during lockdown. Since that time, Dr Bryony May and team have continued to grow this wonderful initiative. Ladies from the community have volunteered and received early development training from local NGO, Masikhule. They now have a beautiful Smart Hub, frequented by local children aged 2 to 16 years! A safe place for children to come together for healthy meals and a stimulating learning experience.
We continue to support Little Smarties where we can and ensure every child receives a "Box of Sunshine" each Christmas. We look forward to bringing their Grade R children on board for practical water safety education in 2023.