Project information

Swayimane Pre-School

Disadvantaged women in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa recognised the need to develop pre-school environments in their communities. They wish to offer young children safe, educationally stimulating, and nurturing environments whilst their carers are at work.

8 weeks

Charity information: Zimele UK

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  • Need


    In Swayimane, a rural area near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, job opportunities are few. Many have to travel to nearby towns to find work. Young parents are trying to finish their schooling. Women, part of the Zimele self-help group programme, have recognised the need to provide the children in their community with safe and educational places to spend time. The women of the Siyahlomula Group, operating from the current teacher's kitchen, would love a permanent school building.


    We wish to build a pre-school with a purpose designed classroom, office and kitchen for the women to be able to provide a higher standard of care for the children. The pre-school will be safer, drier, and more secure. The kitchen will mean that they will be able to provide a warm meal for the children. The surrounding environment will be much improved with better sanitary facilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a purpose built pre-school facility in Swayimane.


    » Fundraise in the UK from local supporters, through events, and donors.
    » Secure permission from the tribal authority to build.
    » Employ Project Build, a not for profit charitable trust focusing on skills development and infrastructure, to build the pre-school.

    What success will look like

    We will be able to provide pictures and reports showing the new building and the impact it has on the children and their teachers.

  • Impact


    A fit for purpose building will mean that children in a disadvantaged, rural area will be provided with a better standard of pre-school education. We expect to see an improvement in the standards children attain when they go to school as they will be better prepared. Additionally these children will have been safe and nurtured in their formative years, hopefully giving them a solid start in life.


    There is a risk that the budget will increase by the time we have secured funding and permission to build.
    We have built contingency into the budget. We also have a small amount of unallocated funds that may be directed towards this project if necessary.


    We will provide regular emails with photos and a brief progress report during construction. On completion of the build we will provide a full report against budget. We can also provide occasional photos and brief reports of the pre-school activities once the pre-school is established in the building

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £23,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,350 Construction Costs Basic costs of construction classroom, office and kitchen
      £5,400 Other Costs Electrical costs, plumbing costs, structural engineering costs, kitchen fitting costs.
      £1,700 Project Management Project Build Costs
      £2,050 Contingency & Transport 3.5% contingency + Transport costs
  • Background


    The project is based in Swayimane, a rural community to the east of Pietermaritzburg and in the Municipality of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The population are predominately Zulu.
    The area is badly affected by poverty, HIV/ AIDS, and the legacy of apartheid. The average household consists of an older granny with 5 to 10 children in her care; often her grandchildren but also children from the community. Many of the middle generation are not present- either because of HIV or migratory working.


    Swayimane has a population of approximately12,000 people. The province of KwaZulu Natal has the highest HIV infection rate in South Africa at 39% (UNAIDS). According to the 2011 census, in the municipality there is 75% unemployment and over 70% of households live on less than R2300 per month (approx £190), and 50% on less than R1600 (£130).
    The children who will benefit from this project are from households where good education and employment are rare, and which often rely on government grants.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Zimele has led social development and women’s empowerment projects in the KwaZulu Natal region since January 2007. Recently the Premiere of KwaZulu Natal has recognised Zimele's successes and has funded Zimele to expand it's core programme throughout the province.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rosetta Stander

    Rosetta is the Founder and Executive Director of Zimele in South Africa. She has overall responsibility to ensure the project runs successfully.

    Kim McCall

    Kim is the Enterprise Development Manager at Zimele and she will oversee Project Build.

    Margaret Joubery

    Midge is the financial controller. She will ensure that the funding for this project is effectively managed and spent according to budget.

Existing Pre-School

Existing Pre-School