General Information

History and Background

In January 2000, Vuyiswa Dlakavu (nee Mhlahlo) started up a small childcare service from her shack in Imizamo Yethu. This wood and corrugated iron structure had a hard cement floor covered only by a piece of vinyl with no electricity, no water and no toys or facilities for the children.  She named the service the Noluthando Creche.

Noluthando Creche

In June 2005 a local resident, Mrs Gertrude Sgwentu, brought two overseas visitors to see the Noluthando Creche. These visitors were Elaine and Chris Maloney, two Headteachers from Knowsley and St. Helens near Liverpool in the U.K.  The shocking conditions under which the Creche was being operated subsequently led Elaine Maloney to establish a charity in the U.K. by the name of The Angel Starfish Project. The primary purpose of the charity was to provide financial support and improved facilities for the Creche and the children attending it.

Angel Starfish Project

In June 2006 the Noluthando Creche moved into a modified double garage at the Sgwentu home where the children had much more space and greatly-improved facilities. Playground equipment was installed in the garden and a dormitory was constructed for voluntary workers coming from overseas. All of these facilities were provided by The Angel Starfish Project Charity together with a minibus for transporting the children, furniture, audiovisual equipment, books and toys. At the same time, the name of the childcare changed to The Angel Starfish Creche.

Angel Starfish Creche

In July 2007 The Angel Starfish Creche was faced with a predicament where the Department of Social Services refused to grant permission for the Creche to operate from the private home of the Sgwentu family.  It was at this point that the Sijonga-Phambili Community Learning Centre, over the road from the Sgwentu home, was approached for assistance.  Permission was subsequently granted for the Creche to make use of the Sijonga-Phambili Hall.

                                                                                                                                           During 2008, the construction of a new Skills Training Centre at Sijonga-Phambili provided an opportunity for the inclusion of premises for the Creche. The building plan was changed to make provision for this and funding for the Creche portion of the new building was provided by the Goede Mensen Foundation from The Netherlands.

In January 2009 a qualified teacher, Mrs Gladys Marange, was appointed as Principal to take charge of the Creche and in August 2009, the Creche moved into its own new premises. Simultaneously, Mrs Gertrude Sgwentu withdrew from her involvement with the Creche and a Management Committee was established.  At the start of 2010 the first Grade R class was introduced and a further name change followed, with the institution then officially becoming known as The Angel Starfish Educare Centre.

Educare Centre

In April 2011 the Educare Centre became registered as a Non-Profit Organisation and in July 2011 it secured approval from the Department of Social Services to operate as a provider of childcare and education services.

From August 2009 to August 2011 the number of children at the Educare Centre had grown from 45 to 86 and additional rooms in the Skills Training Centre had to be used to accommodate the increase in numbers. In September 2011 the Goede Mensen Foundation approved the construction of two further classrooms for the Educare Centre and these classrooms were completed in 2012.

In January 2012, a new Principal, Ms Feroza Moses, was appointed and in September 2012 the Educare Centre became officially registered with the Western Cape Education Department as an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre.

Educare Class

 



Lord Carry me Home … A Song for Africa

Vocals by The Whiston Willis Angels of Soul
Music project, songwriter & musician : Neil Judic
Video project & film editor : Lee Murad

The song and video were written and produced in order to raise funds for, and awareness of, The Angel Starfish Project. The song was recorded at the Parr Street studios in Liverpool in June 2009.

For more information about The Angel Starfish Project please visit their website.  For more videos please visit the YouTube channel of The Angel Starfish Educare Centre.

 

 

 

The Angel Starfish Educare Centre  Penzance Avenue Hout Bay Cape Town PostNet Suite 241  P Bag X4  Hout Bay 7872  e-mail: angelstarfish@iafrica.com  +2721 7907450  +2771 0863642

Registered with the Department of Social Development as a Non-Profit Organisation   Reg no. 089-560-NPO

Registered with the Department of Social Services as a Childcare Provider  Reg no. C10884

Registered with the Western Cape Education Department as an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre