I am not in a good space today17 May , 2013
First off I found out someone I work really hates me. Okay…to put things in perspective she really hates everybody, but she definitely hates me too. I’m quite surprised by this. It’s not that uncommon for people to briefly dislike me if we have something we don’t agree on, but I don’t think there are a lot of people that genuinely HATE me. I’m not going to let it eat at me too much. I think it probably says more about her than about me. Hating me because you didn’t do your work and I had to point it out hardly seems like a grown up thing to do.
The second thing I’d rather not talk about.
And thirdly, secret place sent us out to go see nursery schools that need uplifting in the area. Each business function got a different school to look at and a very small amount of seed money that they have to make more somehow and then do something for the school to really make a difference.
Sounds like a nice idea, doesn’t it?
Ha! I’ve just come back from the visit to our allocated school. It’s a structurally unsound shit hole, and that’s putting it lightly. It is however spotlessly clean and the people who work there obviously care a lot and are doing the best they can with what they have.
Tonight I am going to spend a looong time on my knees thanking God that I don’t have to leave my baby in a place like that during the day.
We have R750. The place needs a new roof, new ceilings, at least one more toilet, a microwave, carpets, paint, three new windows, at least one gutter, mattresses, blankets, books, crayons, bookshelves, wall mounted white board, toys…it’s mission unlikely, but we’ll give it our best shot. You don’t need to be a bean counter to figure out that R750 isn’t going to cut it.
The roof is really the main concern. The beams run through the walls of the house, the leaky corrugated iron sheets lie on top of them and the beams themselves are mostly rotting from damp, the sheets are “secured” with a few big concrete bricks, the ceiling in the one class is completely rotten from damp and is covered in what looks like black mould.
We can’t do anything about them keeping almost 50 children in two 3m x 4m rooms all day with no outside area to even play in – but maybe we can at least fix the roof they’re under. As Steamcleaner pointed out (when I questioned how the department of education and or health can let something like this go on) – at least those kids aren’t left home alone or roaming the streets during the day while their parents go to work? Imagine if the safest and best option you had for care of your precious child during the day was a place with a unsound roof?
To put things in perspective for you guys with children in day care, the kids are looked after there for about R200/month. Nicola’s school fees a month alone is more than 11 times that! Gosh…I’m so depressed and horrified after that visit. (And grateful for what I have)
Ps! If anyone feels like donating building material or other things needed, even though I probably still can’t tell you where I work, please give me a shout.