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12 Classrooms

12 Classrooms

South Africa

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What if between changing the diapers, the laundry and the dishes a community of mothers around the world could change the future for a community of kids in South Africa?

What if 1 blog community could build 1 South African community a safe place for sustainable food, child care, economic empowerment, job skills trainings, a gathering place for church, classrooms for HIV/Aids education, and a playground for their kids?

This is the human blue print:

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The goal is to raise $150,000 to fund the entire project between Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day – because love is more than a date on the calendar, and it never leaves anyone out. And Mother's Day is a 365 days a year adventure, always worth celebrating.

{Click here to read the full back story about this project.}

Phase 1: Community Vegetable Garden $5,000 FULLY FUNDED

Phase 2: Community Kitchen and Welcome Center

Phase 3: Community Outreach Hall

Phase 4: 12 Classrooms

Phase 5: Playground
$3,000 FULLY FUNDED

This is Phase 5 - 12 Classrooms

There's a community just north of Pretoria, South Africa, called Maubane. Home to about 150 adults and 250 orphans and vulnerable children.

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There is a hunger for education, for economic empowerment and for health training.

And the 12 classrooms planned as part of the Maubane Community Center would meet this need.

They would provide space for:

Young adult skills development training, including:
  • Employment/entrepreneurial skills training
  • Vegetable Garden trainings on sustainable farming by Foundations for Farming
  • Early childhood development training
  • Bead work
  • Sewing
  • Art lessons

Health Education for the community

  • Talks on HIV/Aids
  • Maternity care
  • Nutrition workshops
Aftercare for school children

Providing a safe place for kids who would otherwise be on the streets after school. Helping with homework and studies, providing a stimulating and safe environment.

Childcare for preschool children

Providing a safe place for mothers who have to leave their kids hours before schools open to commute into the city for work and often only return after dark.
  • Before and after school care
  • Creche for preschool babies and children
  • Drop in center for childcare in emergency situations
Because there’s a whole community of women who are raising more kids than just their own and still have all the same hopes, dreams and fears that we do.
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And there’s a whole community of kids who would tell you that there is nothing ordinary about being a mom. Especially when you don’t have one.

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During the week many of these kids are unsupervised before and after school.

Many of these young adults are desperate for new work skills.

So whether you are a mother, know a mother, or have a mother won’t you come and stand with the mothers of Maubane who are mothering so many more children than just their own?

And then invite your family, your kids, your friends to join the movement  --

Click to tweet this or copy and paste it into Facebook below:

There is NOTHING ORDINARY about being a mom, especially to hundreds of kids who don't have one. #SurprisedByMotherhood →  click to tweet

Sometimes you change the world 1 carrot, 1 kid, 1 brick, 1 classroom, 1 mom at a time. #SurprisedByMotherhood → click to tweet

12 classrooms = countless lives impacted because you fell in with the world next door. #SurprisedByMotherhood → click to tweet

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Phase 1: Community Vegetable Garden

Phase 2: Community Kitchen and Welcome Center

Phase 3: Community Outreach Hall

Phase 4: 12 Classrooms

Phase 5: Playground


Made possible by a collaboration with Help One Now and local South African organizations Take Action and the James 1:27 Trust.

All photos by Patrick Black, and Yorke Rodda


















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Lisa-Jo Baker
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12 Classrooms

by Lisa-Jo Baker 400 Lives Impacted South Africa

What if between changing the diapers, the laundry and the dishes a community of mothers around the world could change the future for a community ...

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