Children fed ‘Umdoko’ as association faces financial crisis.
“Children at some ASHA Pre Schools in Soweto are reportedly being fed umdoko (soft porridge) as the early childhood development centres 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.
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 centres has had to register as NPs independently to receive individual funding.