Spreading Joy AT Oppie Koppie

We visited Oppie Koppie ECD in Hamlet Ceres. What a priviledge to spend the day with these special kids!

Oppie Koppie Pre-school is a true success story

of what can happen when a community joins hands with an NGO, local players and corporate sponsors.

Its story started in 2010, when there was a desperate need for an early childhood development facility in Prince Alfred Hamlet near the town of Ceres.

26 architecture students from the University of Aachen in Germany helped them construct a beautiful, eco-friendly building accommodating 75 children.

The Witzenberg Municipality helped them secure an area of land with a 99-year lease to build the first-ever crèche for Prince Alfred Hamlet. Then came generous funding from long-term partner, Henkel – the German manufacturer of adhesive brands Pritt and Pattex, and hair cosmetic brand, Schwarzkopf.

Funding also helped them employ and train talented teachers from the area, kit out classrooms with educational tools and toys, and start a feeding scheme that provides children with three nutritious meals a day.

And as the need grew, they needed more space…

So in 2019, a new extension was unveiled that could accommodate a further 75 children. It was also the year when the first pupils who enrolled in 2010 entered high school – showing impressive academic results due to the strong foundation they were given at Oppie Koppie.

Oppie Koppie has had a far-reaching effect on the community

Life skills taught at the school have had a positive ripple effect on parents and the community, instilling a sense of pride and dignity.

To learn more, please visit https://vuyafoundation.co.za/our-projects/oppie-koppie-pre-school/

Thank you to the Vuya Foundation for joining us. a Big thank you to Warrick, Moos and Pastor Pieter for assisting in this special outreach. We blessed each child with a bible story books, Joy Bracelets, a party packet and also a shaker with Vita Kidz.

Thank you to Nelia from the Joy Project who sponsored the bible books. This was a very humbled and heart-warming day.