Mandela Day 2019: Bring educare to children hospitalised with TB

This Mandela Day, TB HIV Care is running a fundraising campaign to bring early childhood learning to kids hospitalised with TB.

Why it’s important:

Children hospitalised with TB may spend 6 months in hospital, sometimes a year. Without an on-site educare centre, kids under five will spend every day of those months in a cot, missing out on critical mental and physical stimulation. It is a difficult time because families are often not able to visit (due to work and family commitments, distances to travel etc.) and hospital staff are fully occupied caring for the medical needs of the children. You can help change this! This Mandela Day, TB HIV Care is asking for your support to keep our educare service at Brooklyn Chest Hospital going.

What we are raising money for:

For years, TB HIV Care has employed educare teachers to provide much needed stimulation to the kids at Brooklyn Chest Hospital. However, in order to sustain the programme, we need to secure government and corporate funding. And in order to do that, we need to register the educare centre, a process that requires that the centre meets certain criteria. By increasing the space available through installing a prefab building next to the existing space, we can make the educare programme sustainable, and ensure that no kids have to miss out on critical developmental stages because they have TB.

How you can help:

To ensure the programme keeps going, we really need a cash injection.

1. Please donate what you can. You can make a safe, quick donation using the Givengain platform via credit card or EFT.

2. Please share the campaign on social media and ask your friends and family to donate what they can

3. If you would prefer to donate goods, we are also looking for materials for the educare centre which can be dropped off at 11 Adderley Street, including: scooters, balls, buckets & spades, hoola hoops, skipping ropes, sand and water play toys, story books for 0-5 years old, playdough, cookie cutters, rolling pins, chalk, wax crayons, powder paint, paint brushes, puzzles up to 100 pieces.