"Investing in the early years is one of the smartest things a country can do for their children. Early childhood experiences have a profound impact on brain development – affecting learning, health, behavior and ultimately, lifetime opportunities.” Reference: www.worldbank.org
The Mana Preschool offers inclusive, effective, and competitive preschool education in the Milnerton community and surrounding informal settlements in South Africa. A community service provided by the H18 Foundation, the Preschool is an extension of the foundation’s efforts to empower women in the outskirts of the Milnerton suburb - of Joe Slovo Park. In this community, educational and developmental opportunities for preschool-age children are limited. Most preschool-aged children are cared for at home or, in informal child care settings - some under-equipped for pre-school education. Still, other children are simply playing in the streets as neighbors keep a watchful eye.
Mana Preschool's mission is to strengthen the development of the whole child by providing an all-inclusive education that encourages independent thought and essential skills, including empathy for others, resiliency, personal confidence, and affirmation of individual worth.
Under the direction of the H18 leadership and a Director of Education with profound expertise in Montessori programming and other effective pre-school education methods, Mana Preschool is preparing to officially open for a community in need. The classrooms are ready, outdoor learning and recreation spaces are prepared for occupancy and the surrounding community is supporting Mana Preschool with in-kind gifts. We need YOU to help make Mana Preschool a reality for children who are at-risk or under-served; as well as children in surrounding communities whose families can now take advantage of a quality, inclusive preschool environment that’s closer to home.
With your donation, learning excellence will reach to the farthest kilometer in this stark community and assure that young learners can reach their full potential. Mana Preschool is absolutely committed to fostering collaborative and independent children in a safe educational environment equipped to advance every aspect of child development.
Here is what your one-time donation will provide at Mana Preschool:
$100 feeds one student two nutritious meals and two nutritious snacks for an entire month and will also provide art supplies for creative learning activities.
$200 provides all benefits at the $100 level plus provide transportation to and from school for one month.
$500 provides all benefits at the $200 level for three months.
$750 provides all food and transportation benefits for two months, plus assists with salary needs for one month.
$1000 provides all benefits at the $750 level and assists with salary needs for two months.