Our centre, Antonio Bianchis House, opened in September 2009 in response to the need to support local under privileged children.
We currently run a pre-school for 3 to 5-year-olds. As well as academic classes and activities, we give the children a nutritious breakfast and lunch and offer counselling too.
The children come from very challenging backgrounds and are in need of emotional support. Many of them go hungry at the weekends when they aren't at the centre. We work with parents and families too. Providing workshops teaching parenting and life skills. The children also get to visit a doctor and a dentist and get special trips and outings.
Such an all-encompassing approach has already paid off.
Parents have shared positive changed in their children's behaviour. Family life had improved across the community as a result of this holistic approach. In a short time, many people have been impacted.
The centre represents new hope and possibilities for the next generation to break the cycle of poverty.
January 2012 saw our work expand as we started to provide after-school support to children. And to tutor older children who have never been to school so that they can attend for the first time. For young people in the communities, who face many challenges, we are starting to provide counselling.
We are excited to see how we can continue to further growth and development for the children.