Phase 1 Campus Project

About The Campaign

The situation at Lonwabo Special Care Centre is increasingly stressful for Principal Thandeka Mafila. Thandeka is passionate about caring for, and educating, children with profound and severe physical and mental disabilities but her school is too small and she cannot meet the growing demand for spaces in Mfuleni.

Introducing stimulating activities for children attending Lonwabo

Construction of a new centre began in April 2021. It will be a landmark development for inclusive early childhood education in the Western Cape. We need to hasten the process and are still looking for donors to turn Thandeka’s dream of a new centre into a reality. Costs have skyrocketed and delays through COVID have severely challenged our budget.

Phase 1 construction gets underway April 2021 – pouring the first slab of the new Lonwabo Centre!

If you are seeking a high-impact investment opportunity we urge you to consider supporting this one. It’s an exciting opportunity to contribute to enriching the lives of some of Mfuleni’s most vulnerable children.
The Lonwabo Special Care Centre will initially have capacity for 40 to 45 children from 0 to 18 years of age.
But that is just the start.
Our aim is to reach much further into Mfuleni and the communities that surround it because Lonwabo serves a rapidly developing area.

Phase 1 Raised: R4.027 Million

of R4.243 Million Goal

We still need to raise a further R216 000 to complete the Lonwabo Project.


Phase 2 Campus Project

About The Campaign

Lonwabo children interacting with new friends from Mfuleni educares – Story Time, Heritage Day 2019.

In Phase 2, we plan to build a new early childhood centre which will offer opportunities for children of all abilities to grow and develop together, based on the principle of universal access. The aim is to create an inclusive early learning environment where children with all abilities can play and meet together so that Lonwabo children can more effectively transition into state-run schools offering inclusive primary and secondary education and the opportunity of a more fulfilling future.

In the 12 years since the founders of Starting Chance began working in Mfuleni, the number of early childhood centres has increased dramatically from around 40 to more than 100. Applying the national statistics on disability prevalence we conservatively estimate that upward of 300 children in Mfuleni in the 0 to 6 age range currently have special educational needs.

South African children with disabilities in the 0 to 3 age group are the least serviced sub-group of our population.

The reach and impact of the campus once it is completed is really only limited by our and your imagination.
Start today – join us in making it a reality and bring the opportunity of a better future to many.

Phase 2 Pledged: R0.5 Million

of R6.555 Million Goal

We still need to raise a further R6.055 Million to complete the campus that Lonwabo forms part of.

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Mzamomhle Educare

The shack crèche was ransacked during the Covid-19 lockdown. Vulnerable to land invasions, the site has recently been fenced, planning approval has been received and construction is about to begin. The new facility will have a capacity for 120 children.

Raised: R2.3 Million

Money still needed: R150,000 for electrical and water connection fees.