‘Lebone’ means ‘light’ in Sesotho. And it is light that the Lebone Centre brings into the lives of many vulnerable children. Situated in Grahamstown/Makhanda, an area with little industry and high unemployment, the Lebone Centre has been a haven for children whose families are in the grip of poverty. The approach is a holistic one that aims to work in an comprehensive way that involves families and all the aspects of a child’s life (social, emotional, physical and intellectual), as well as interacting with children along the age spectrum.
Recognising that early childhood development plays a vital role the future learning potential and life paths of children, the Centre offers affordable pre-schooling at the Little Red Dragon Pre-school. In addition, the ACE (After Care and Enrichment) Programme provides an afternoon homework, activity and support environment for ‘vulnerable’ children – those who live in extreme poverty, with possible family abuse, disability and even abandonment. For these children, Lebone becomes a ‘home-from-home’ – a place filled with light and love, a warm meal, kind and sympathetic carers – and importantly, books and academic support.
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
Members of the public are welcome to visit us at the Lebone Centre to see our projects and meet our staff. We welcome volunteers who are interested and experienced in literacy projects.