Amon and Jeanette Ngwamba, 2 pensioners, recognized a serious need in the community when they noticed toddlers roaming the streets of Mataffin while parents work seasonally as harvesters in the nearby orchards. Many of the children were malnourished and chronically ill, as their only daily meal often came from the local garbage dump.
With only their pensions to work with, they started caring for 6 children in an old "woodhouse" in 2011. The number of preschool children coming to the Woodhouse Crèche has grown to between 60 and 90 in the last 5 years.
With minimal help from the government and some private donations, a class room was built. The children are now receiving a basic meal a day and early childhood education. Reports from the local primary school inform us that the children from this crèche are excelling, where in the past the children from the community were struggling with school work.
With primary and high schools nearby, the Ngwambas also realized that the school children are starving. Cooking on an open fire and 2 gas burners, daily meals are now provided for about 200 school children and 80 toddlers.
In 2015, 20 Canadian Health Care workers visited the center and were deeply moved by the desperate needs of the center and the dedicated volunteers working under dismal conditions.
Back home in Canada we registered Woodhouse Children Relief Fund with the CRA as an official charity to raise awareness and much needed funds to assist in:
Giving the children A FAIR START and A CHANCE TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE.