After hearing the devastating news that a vicious storm in Cape Town had washed away half the building of the Babes Educare Centre, Baz Bus decided to step in.
Babes Educare Centre is situated in the very poor township of Du Noon in Cape Town. About 100 children, from as young as 2 years old, were cramped into 2 small rooms totalling approximately 40 square metres. There were no toilets; instead the children had to use buckets. There was 1 tap for water.
Baz Bus had visited Babes a few times over the years, providing the children with food and entertainment. A safety fence had been built by Baz Bus around the building to provide the children with some outside playing space. All that remained after the storm was the safety fence and 1 small room of about 15 square metres; for 100 children.
Harriet, the owner, had been running Babes for many years from her house. There was no space around the house to expand so it was decided to build another level above the existing house.
Baz Bus passengers donated funds to pay for about 20% of the building and Baz Bus contributed the balance. Harriet organised a local builder who did an outstanding job. The classroom sizes were doubled, a proper kitchen was fitted and 4 toilets were built.