CHILDREN FED ‘UMDOKO’ AS ASSOCIATION FACES FINANCIAL CRISIS
27 September 2017 LATEST NEWS
Children at some Asha Pre Schools in Soweto are reportedly being fed umdoko (soft porridge) as the early childhood development centers run out of funds. The association is supposed to be receiving money from payments by the parents who can afford, determined by a scale- if you earn a lot of money you will pay more than the parents who earn less- sounds noble, as well as funding from the Department of Social Grants. For the past three months.
ASHA has not recent the grant from the Department of social development after the funding model was changed. Social Development now requires each of the ASHA pre-schools to be registered and have an NPO number to receiving funding.
ASHA Chief Operations Officer Apollo Masango says they are not able to pay salaries and buy nutritious food for the money they receive in fees. A Kaya FM listener whose daughter attends one of the Asha pre-schools in Soweto told David O’Sullivan during the breakfast show that the challenge isn’t just the funding, but management issues.
Acting Head of Department in Gauteng Department of Social Development, Makhukhu Mampuru says they are in the process of resolving the issue of issuing grants to ASHA pre-schools. Mampuru says the department is no longer issuing funds to one organization to disperse like it used to in the past. He says each of the ASHA centers has had to register as NPs independently to receive individual funding.
He has promised that the department will find ways to ensure that the children who go to the affected pre-school receive nutritious meals while they are in the process of resolving the issues.
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