Nompumelelo Educare Centre

The relationship between Nompumelelo and Hope Through Action is very close. Whilst both are independent legal entities they are in many ways one organisation. Nompumelelo was the "genesis" of Hope Through Action and was the impetus for developing further township work.


Since 1992 the Nompumelelo Educare Centre has been caring for babies and toddlers between the ages of 0 and 6 years. In 2005 Philip and Judy Green opened a new building to provide a secure space and accommodation for care, education and play. On an average day the centre cares for 200 children but during the grape picking season this can be as many as 350. The staff consists of 10 permanent members and 3 volunteers. Parents pay R80 per month for babies and R50 per month for toddlers. Nompumelelo Educare also supplies two meals and snacks to the children. The educare centre project was managed by Dale Fobian and has been a significant part of the community since it opened. The centre focus is on care, welfare and education and is rapidly becoming self sustaining with the opening of a community laundry on site to provide regular income. In 2014 Jeff Spinks took charge of the initiative and has developed a future vision,  needs analysis and funding streams. It became clear that the current facilities were inadequate to provide meaningful education.


Current specific needs at Nompumelelo:

  • Food

  • Toys: educational toys, scooters

  • Office appliances: computers

  • Kitchen appliances: fridge

  • Bedding: blankets and mattresses

  • Building: container

  • Volunteers: to assist with administration

  • Training: Computer skills

  • Other: seedlings for the vegetable garden