PITTER PATTER

8 / 45 supported children

MY NAME IS CHANTELLE…

I live in South Africa, Cape Town. I’m originally from a small town in the Eastern Cape where I grew up and spent my childhood life. At the age of 18 I moved to Cape Town in search of a job and I settled down in Dunoon. The first thing I noticed when I moved to the rural area of Dunoon were the young toddlers playing unsupervised on the streets. The environment itself is not a safe place for kids to be on their own. I felt so sorry form them. At the same time, it created a fear of what could happen to these children in their future. I wanted to protect them from any harm and danger.

With no early childhood development training I started Pitter Patter Educare in 2016. However, I quickly realized that these kids need much more than just a safe place to stay during the day. For this reason, I completed education training and realized that the reason why I started the school had a lot to do with what I went through as a child. I didn’t want those kids to have to go through the same experiences as me.

My goal is to make a difference in these kids lives! Therefore, I also work closely with the parents too and support them to overcome their obstacles too. Eventually I aim to have a positive impact on the whole community of Dunoon. I have made this mission my lifetime goal.

ABOUT PITTER PATTER DAYCARE

Pitter Patter is located in Dunoon, a district in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Due to its unpleasant socio-economic situation, there is a desperate need for educational supporting facilities for children. The purpose of Pitter Patter is to tackle this need by taking children with an uncertain future perspective off the streets of Dunoon and equip them with fundamental skills for primary school.

On average, 45 children are attending the school monthly. Pitter Patter serves the lowest income earners and charges a monthly school fee of 500 ZAR (approx. 35 CHF) per child. With each fee, the school is able to provide a daily warm meal and to pay the teacher’s salaries. However, due to Covid-19, many parents have lost their jobs and can no longer afford these school fees and as a result, they are forced to take their children out of school.

The pandemic has increased the schools’ running costs massively due to additional cleaning material and equipment costs. Some of the classrooms are in open spaces, the walls are not completely closed, thus it can rain in and can get very cold during the winter months. These conditions actually make it impossible to teach in a way that is appropriate for children.