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6 Pillars


Feeding our children is the foundation of our programme because nutrition is essential for learning, cognitive development and healthy growth.   STARTING EARLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Malnutrition is a major underlying cause of death in South Africa and 11.4% of the deaths of South African children under five can be attributed to low weight. In addition, 1 in 5 children are stunted and many are deficient in the vitamins and minerals vital to good health and optimal development (UNICEF).

It is widely recognized that poor performance in school and poor cognitive development are directly connected to malnutrition in children. Hungry children cannot learn.
And that is why we believe that providing a nutritious meal to all children is the key to their learning and development and the first step in escaping poverty.

We create Government approved, age-specific, nutritious meal plans with controlled delivery of fresh ingredients to all our Early Childhood Development Centres/Nurseries (ECD Centres). These are designed to optimise the healthy cognitive development and physical growth.

“Our aim is to ensure that every child in need between 1-6 years old has a healthy nutritious meal every school day during this key foundation phase of their brain development”
Camille Paterson – Programme Director


We repair or build brand new Early Childhood Development Centres/Nurseries (ECD Centres) using simple but effective construction materials to create warm, clean and safe environments for the children

The aim is that all our ECD Centres become government compliant and Department of Social Development (DSD) registered in order to apply for government funding/aid.

Working with NGOs and local businesses we design and build government approved structures that provide secure, clean and safe environments for the children that will enable government registration

Some of the key provisions of the structural programme include:

  •     Kitchens for the healthy preparation of meals
  •     Running water and sanitation for hygienic conditions
  •     Dry, warm and safe play areas conducive to learning

3. W A S H   (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene)

Our WASH pillar focuses on improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the Early Childhood Development Centres/Nurseries (ECD Centres) and ensuring that, where possible, each ECD Centre is WASH compliant.

To create and maintain health standards, we ensure running water and flushing toilets in each of our ECD Centres.

We implement WASH Training for both teachers and children, which includes a WASH song the children love to sing. This program is regularly monitored to ensure that standards are maintained.


Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world, they are building our future generations. In such hostile environments where education is the key to a better life, the role of teachers is enhanced.

We provide support, training, mentoring and evaluation for teachers within the townships, encouraging their personal development and ensuring high standards of teaching in order to get children ‘School Ready’.

Some of the modules within the programme include:

  •     WASH
  •     Nutrition
  •     Fire
  •     Child Abuse Prevention
  •     National Curriculum Guidelines
  •     DSD Regulations
  •     Healthy Teeth


We facilitate access to education programmes that meet the national curriculum and get kids ‘School Ready’.

We support our teachers with implementing Government curriculum guidelines and ensure monitoring and evaluation; thus aiding the registration with Government bodies for certification of the Early Childhood Development Centres/Nurseries (ECDs).


A key pillar of support is creating sustainability within the Early Childhood Development Centres/Nurseries (ECD Centres). And at Afri-CAN Children’s Charity we provide the platform for each ECD Centre to be a fully self-sustainable business.

Through training and mentoring, we provide our business owners with business and technical skills to promote self-sustainability, allowing teachers to successfully run their ECD Centre.

In addition, we help the business owners gain access to grant funding for further infrastructure upgrades.




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