Before Baba Khumalo retired, he used to come home from work everyday and notice all the children in his community. He wished that the kids had somewhere to stay where they could be nurtured and cared for, and where they could experience the love of Jesus. But he wasn’t sure how.
Over the years, the Khumalos opened up their church, their home and their hearts to the children in Chibini. In the past three years, the Khumalos have nearly doubled the size of their Sunday School, currently reaching 85 children in the community each week.However, Baba Khumalo was not content with only reaching children on Sundays. Earlier in the year, Joseph Bode (CAST’s Education & Children’s Dev. HOD) and Zippy Benn, a CAST volunteer, suggested that the Khumalos start a creche out of the church where children could come everyday.
Bongani Mkhize, CAST’s Noodsberg Area Co-ordinator, connected the Khumalos with a local school principal who welcomed them into the local creche association. By joining the association, the Khumalos were able to access training for their volunteers and ECD materials for the creche.
On 18 July 2016, Baba Khumalo’s wish finally came true – the Imanamalo creche was launched, with 27 children attending, from ages 0-4.
However, operating Imanamalo has not been without challenges. Firstly, the church is a rondavel building, so it is very cramped for the children, and the roof leaks when it rains. Also, the Khumalos have to take down all the ECD materials off the walls before Sunday because of church, then put it all back up again, and make sure the chairs for the church service are removed before creche starts on Monday.
Baba Khumalo’s next wish is to build a separate building for the creche, so that the children have space to play and learn. CAST is supporting this venture, and you can too by donating a few practical items:
- A big carpet for the children to sit on
- Tinned foods (i.e. beans, Lucky Star)
- Mealie Meal
- Jungle Oats
Over the years, God has always faithfully provided for the Khumalos to reach children in their community. Please be in prayer as CAST partners with the Khumalos to impact more children with the love of Christ. If you are interested in getting involved or donating towards Imanamalo , contact Joseph Bode at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 031 267 1716