The Richmond Farm Community joined Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shackdwellers movement, in 2007 to help empower residents in their struggle for title-deeds for their houses and against evictions from their shacks. With the help of activists from other communities, the Richmond Farm Community founded Amandla Esizwe (Strength of the Nation) to oversee the empowerment and education of children in the area.
After mass meetings with everyone in the community, they elected a committee and a group of teachers and opened a daycare center and community garden. The daycare center, called Amandla Esizwe Crèche, is housed in three tiny shacks. It provides a safe place of refuge and two meals each day for vulnerable children in the community.
Community members hope that one day, the project will expand to include a youth center, a community library and a fully-fledged educare centre
In the meantime, CHOSA has provided the community with a grant of R25,000 to help them build a better and safer structure for their pre-school complete with plumbing, toilets and electricity. We look forward to continue working with the community in the future.