FIRST BLACK AFTERCARE RUN IN THE TOWNSHIP
By: S’nenhlanhla Mnqayi
Sakha Ik’sasa Lethu Aftercare (SILA) is a non-profit organisation program which aims to improve education in township schools.
SILA, which formally started its operations early last year, serves as a community development project that deals with children from grade seven.
According to the founder of SILA, Nomathemba Sibiya, they help learners after school with their homework and they also provide extra classes in Mathematics, English and IsiZulu.
“I gave up my job as a slimming therapist because I discovered the love I had for kids and I wanted to play a part in their lives,” said Sibiya. “I first heard about the aftercare through my clients from work, they would come with their kids and they will tell me that they have fetched them from the aftercare.”
Sibiya liked the idea and she thought of starting her own aftercare in the area of Ntuzuma.
“I thought that this idea will benefit my community, so I started it from the inspiration of my clients,” she added.
SILA also works with the aim to groom the children for the next grade.
She said that one of the reasons she started this project is to make the children realise that education is important.
“I want them to improve at school and also to know the important of education,” she said.
Although this project is not recognised by many people, it is difficult for her to get sponsors but in the meantime she is trying her best to keep the aftercare on track.
“We are still struggling with the funds and getting sponsors, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to build the future of SILA”, said Sibiya.
Nkanyiso Xulu, one of the learners who attends at SILA said, “I love being at being at SILA because I get help with my homework and I enjoy being here.”