ASHA Trust have begun their expansion into South Africa’s Western Cape, starting in Franschhoek with plans to reach Limpopo. With substantial new funding over three years from the Genesis Trust in the UK, they are able to make a major step-change in their operations, starting work with 26 home creches initially. In these impoverished communities they will train women in Early Years Development (pictured starting the courses, which are truly intensive) and help them build sustainable and successful small daycare businesses. This will have an enormous impact on the area, giving children the best start to life and creating real social change over the years.
ASHA’s mission is to provide ‘relevant training and mentoring that empowers informal crèche owners and ECD practitioners to provide safe and stimulating places of care’. Creche owners are able to develop safe, stimulating and well-equipped daycare centres, and undertake the training they need to provide nutritious food and supportive early learning. In turn they can access state funding, and build a thriving small business. They change young children’s lives, and at the same time create a real economic impact locally, employing staff and using local businesses to supply materials and undertake building work. Women previously excluded from professional work or business are given the tools to drive real social change.
We are looking forward to seeing the creches transformed, and this cohort of brave women starting out on their new journey as educators, carers and entrepreneurs.