Chisansu CBCC birthed as a response to the closure of a nursery school which was owned by a CBO.

Chisansu CBCC was birthed as a response to the closure of a nursery school which was owned by a CBO. People in the village saw the impact of the former nursery school on children in primary school. The church decided to start a new nursery school in their church building The CBCC started in (insert year) with two caregivers and (insert figure) children

Need for Change

The closure of the first nursery school led to many children in the area and surrounding to be at home until they reach the age for primary school. This led to many children flocking to the newly opened learning center. Being the only center within that radius, other children had to be walking a long distance to get to school. The church is not located in the middle of the village. The number of children also grew as time went by and the church became small. The caregivers which volunteered were not trained.

Response to the Needs by the Church

The church approached TDI with a proposal for a modern CBCC to which TDI came through in 2018.The church identified land where the CBCC was to be constructed. Meanwhile the church moved the children from learning inside the church to a building considered fairly central for children from all directions. The church formed a CBCC committee to undergo training and identified four caregivers to undergo training. The church also provided construction materials such as quarry stone, hardwood, and sand. Members of the church also gave their man power in clearing the land and doing the landscaping.

Interventions by TDI

In 2018 TDI responded to the needs highlighted by Chisansu AIC church in regard to having a modern CBCC with well-trained caregivers.

TDI in partnership with the church contributed the following to the cause:

  • Hiring of a contractor
  • Supplying construction materials such as bricks, paint, cement, glasses, doors, and the like
  • Supplying cooking utensils, teaching materials, learning materials, and playing materials
  • Training of 10 committee members and 4 teachers (caregivers)

Impact as at Now

  • The number of children has increased from 47 to 70 from December 2018. the CBCC has a registered number of 33 boys and 37 girls
  • Teaching has been made easy and meaningful for the teachers since now they can teach guided by the books
  • Children can learn easily with help of pictures and drawings in the books
  • They have enough kitchen utensils for all the children unlike before when children had to be taking turns in eating
  • Children do not feel bored during break time and play time because they have proper playing materials.
  • There is an improved nutrition/health practice through the training. For instance teachers know how much sugar is enough to give to a child
  • There is an improved sanitation practice as they now have better and covered containers for water storage.

Gaps for further interventions

  • Feeding program at the CBCC is not sustainable, the church still rely on donations from organizations and head contributions by its members. There is need to support the church for it to have permanent means of providing food at the CBCC
  • There is need for a more integrated approach on interventions at the CBCC which should include the 17 key care practices. This will enhance child care both at CBCC and  household level.