FRIDAY 5 | THE EBONGALETHU EDUCARE CENTER

Atiliay Friday 5 | The EEC

The Friday 5 series is a way for me to share 5 facts each week about Atiliay with you so we can get to know one another better!

Friday 5 | The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool & Nursery | All love and Valentine’s Day cards help to provide meals for The EEC–today I wanted to tell you more about who they are and how this works!

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1) The EEC is a home-based preschool and nursery in Motherwell, South Africa. Motherwell is a large and poverty-stricken township on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.
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Atiliay Friday 5 | The EEC
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2) The EEC was founded and run by an amazing woman named Gladys Zenani who I believe recently turned 70 (she is pictured in the photo above)! She created the school so that parents who need to travel far for work or to look for work have a safe place they could take their children. She has 3 ladies who help her: Fiziwe Majola, Nomfundo Minnie, and Sibongile Mpupa.
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Atiliay Friday 5 | The EEC
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3) Most children stay with Gladys from 5AM to 5PM. They receive breakfast and lunch at The EEC and these are the meals Atiliay is committed to providing. The meals consist of a specially formulated porridge which consists of cooked maize, soy, 26 vitamins, minerals and amino acids, carbs, fiber, and cereal fats that work to maximize nutrient intake on a daily basis. It has the nutritional density 29 times that of refined maize which is the staple diet there.
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Atiliay Friday 5 | The EEC
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4) I sponsor the EEC through Food4Africa whom I met in South Africa in 2007. This is how it works: I make the donation online to F4A. 100% of the donation is used to provide food for The EEC. A Food4Africa volunteer delivers the food to the school. The awesome volunteer and my contact for The EEC is Byron from Miracle Meals Trust–he is also the one who emails me photos and updates!
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Atiliay Friday 5 | The EEC
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5) #Cardsforacause provide between 5-10 meals each depending on the design and each workshop seat provides 20 meals. Together we have provided 140,000 meals to date–and counting!
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Atiliay Cards For A Cause