- Zaan and Genevieve
When Lockdown was imposed and the school closed it was for three weeks. Zaan was in contact with our children’s guardians telephonically. The feeding scheme continued in the village of Mooi Uitsig albeit along different lines and Spar vouchers were delivered to the homes of Pikkewyntjies who don’t live in Mooi Uitsig.
It very soon became impossible though, to feed only our children in the village and not their older siblings and it was very good news when friends of the school came on board to help supplement food supplies. Then a group of Betty’s Bayers rallied support from people in high places to subsidise the feeding scheme in order to provide food for the adults also, who subsist largely on piece work.
The school assumed responsibility for 250 servings of porridge and servings of a hot, nutritious lunch every day thanks to their cook, Louise and the effort and work of Charmaine Resandt and Wayne Jackson who bring supplies every day.
Everyone brings their own container and queues outside the community hall in masks and at the proper distance from one another. While serving the teachers have a chance to speak to each child to pick up abuse or neglect.
When the lockdown was extended it became necessary to help the kids keep up with schoolwork. Christen prepared lessons for the junior class and Zaan for the senior class and these are printed and delivered to each home every fortnight but Zaan also had to make a plan for the children in Primary and Secondary school who live in Mooi Uitsig.
No one in the village, except the school has Internet connection of course so schoolwork from their teachers is sent via Whatsapp. . This, often running to more than a hundred pages daily, is sent to Zaan to print and distribute.
More and more, Pikkewyntjies is not just the preschool that prepares children to embrace the world but the heartbeat of a healthier village. Thank you, from our hearts, to everyone who sees the slow change for good and backs the school so staunchly.