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Replacement of the fence in the Pre-School in Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst is one of the most dangerous districts of Johannesburg, where the robbery rate is one of the highest in the world. Its pre-school has been run by Sister Servants for approximately 30 years now (before, the Sisters had run an orphanage there for 30 years). The Sisters conduct educational and social activities by running a pre-school in this area, attended by children from poor African families, including those from immigrant communities, usually for free.

The facility is supported by child care fees, private donations and voluntary work of the majority of employees. Due to the age of the building, the pre-school classrooms and sanitary facilities were renovated in the previous years. As the funds were insufficient, the fencing was not renovated, even though it was in a very bad condition and needed to be urgently replaced. The fencing is too low and rusty, it has huge holes and it is impossible to close the gate. Taking into consideration the age of the children and the location of the facility, it poses a risk to their safety.

Replacing the fencing with a more solid and higher one will considerably improve the safety and increase the number of children which will be able to attend the pre-school. Therefore, it will be possible to continue the educational and social activities and expand their range.

Replacement of the fence in the Pre-School in Lyndhurst

The project was scheduled to be implemented in cooperation with the partner running the pre-school in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg (Republic of South Africa), from 15 June to 15 November 2015, where all the project activities will be implemented.

In the previous years, classrooms and sanitary facilities in the building were renovated. However, the fencing was not replaced due to the lack of funds and now it is in a bad technical condition, so it does not provide due protection for the children and the property.

The objective of the project is to erect new fencing around the pre-school, which will contribute to increasing the number of pupils and teachers, extending the lifespan of the buildings and increasing the number of children who will be able to attend the pre-school. A higher and more solid fencing is consequently more difficult to break through, which makes it less likely for the robbery to occur in the Lyndhurst district, where the robbery rate is one of the highest in the world.

The beneficiaries of the project activities are parents, teachers and children attending the pre-school. Since the lifespan of the project is expected to last 20-30 years, the local community will be able to benefit from its results on a long-term basis.

Replacement of the fence in the Pre-School in Lyndhurst

The objective of the project was to improve the safety of children attending the facility. The old fencing could not have provided this. It was low and rusty and in some places holes were patched with wire. Replacing the fence significantly improved the safety of about 160 children attending the pre-school, but also the psychological comfort of their parents and teachers (the Sisters running the facility). The extension of the facility lifespan and the increased number of people able to use the facility will be the direct results of the project.

The effects of the project are estimated to last for 20-30 years and the new fencing meets the requirements and standards typical of public facilities, especially those attended by children, in terms of ecology and safety.

The project was implemented thanks to the co-financing from the Polish Aid programme in the amount of PLN 54,000 (about USD 14,000) and the total budget for the project amounted to PLN 60,000 (about USD 15,000). The remaining amount was the own contribution of the partner, who was also responsible for the purchase of materials, the choice of the contractor and the supervision over the renovation works. For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 3.9388.