Jabez Preschool – Justicia B Village
Sponsored by: Lion Sands, Mpumalanga
Jabez Preschool opened in 2018 and was built and developed by More Community Foundation (MCF) for the local children of Justicia B Village who did not have access to an Early Childhood Development centre. Jabez Preschool made great strides, with fundamental steps having been taken toward its autonomy. The most important is the official registration of the school as an NPO with the Department of Social Development (a Government Department responsible for providing social development, protection, and welfare services to the public). This will provide Jabez with critical support, development, and training from government programs. The school is affiliated with the Ximhungwe Support group for all the ECDs, which is one of the requirements for the Department of Education (DOE) registered schools – The government department that oversees primary and secondary education in South Africa. It is our aim to hand over the preschool to the DOE and the community during 2023. The school has two classrooms, a playground, as well an indoor kitchen, and an ablution block (both in need of maintenance).
NEEDS: Third classroom, new indoor kitchen with flooring, an ablution block, roof repairs, building a bigger vegetable tunnel, and fixing the security room
PROGESS: We have successfully completed the Jabez water extension project! We have installed drip irrigation for the garden so we can now plant crops, and reach the kitchen.