Zulufadder has three kindergartens; in Umlalazi, Esiqwaqweni and Simunye. Altogether over 100 children attend our Doremi kindergartens.
DOREMI kindergarten was given its name because the first building that Zulufadder built was sponsored - not to mention also BUILT - by two young men who owned and worked in Doremi kindergarten in Fredrikstad, Norway.
They came to visit in 2006 and "raided" the local building shop. The Zulu youth, who came with eager curiosity to watch the construction, were hired as workers to help with the project. They laughed when Fredrik and Havard from Doremi said that they were going to build the kindergarten in just one week's time. Nevertheless, with tools that Zulus had never even seen before and lamps that stayed on from the workdays into the late evenings, they actually managed to complete it just one week!
Even after the project, several of the youth were given job positions at Zulufadder and one of them, Gundy, still remains a key employee with us and is today our driver and bus driver. We will never forget the sight of the awe-struck teenager boy who sat and played with cars and building blocks on the ground outside of the kindergarten that would soon be open. He had never owned a toy in his entire life!
Doremi kindergarten in Umlalazi would never have been what it is today without Popi. That woman is such an incredible joy. Her smile and laughter are absolutely contagious. When we first arrived in 2005, her English was poor but has since then improved immensely. Over the years, she has taught hundreds of children how to read English, count, sing, draw, play and behave properly.
Our elementary school, Gratton, selects children primarily from Popi's nursery, since the children there have been stimulated from the age of three. They are school-ready and on an equal footing with the other children who are sent to Gratton.
We have also opened up two other kindergartens in Esiqwaqweni and Simunye. Altogether more than 100 children attend every day.
In Simunye, which is about an hour's drive from Eshowe, we also have a kindergarten in the Wonderful hall sponsored by Knut and Erna Eng Children's Fund. It is absolutely perfect for our nees. We don't know how to thank them enough!!
We also have a library in the hall. There we have to give thanks to a Norwegian author who took the initiative to create the anthology "Word by Word" (sold out!), where many of Norway's famous writers contributed. Many thanks to them! The books in to the library are from the project "Books for Africa" in America.
We are so grateful because all of these kindergartens have allowed all these children to get a strong foundation and a COMPLETELY different start in life.
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