ASHA Trust celebrates 10 years of excellence and changes name
ASHA Trust hosted representatives of foreign governments, government officials and private sector donor partners on 28 August to showcase the organisation’s achievements in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector over the last 10 years.
The occasion, which took place in Sandton, was also used to announce the organisation’s name change to The Early Care Foundation.
The Trust, which has uplifted a number of crèches in disadvantaged communities, has a 70 year history of excellence in ECD in Gauteng. Speaking during the occasion, the First Lady of South Africa and Chairman of the Early Care Foundation expressed her passion to continue uplifting children.
“We have a reason to celebrate as we are giving birth to the Early Care Foundation,” she said. “ECD has become an area of national importance and we as an organisation aim to extend our part in the national initiative. As we move into our next phase of growth, the organisation needed a name that more accurately reflects the organisation’s broadening vision.”
The First Lady added that new brand name talks to the organisation’s aim to be instrumental in the systemic improvements of the quality of early care for pre-school children.
“At the same time The Early Care Foundation encompasses our passion for opening up career paths for the women who care for the children,” she concluded.
Over the last 10 years the organisation managed to successfully develop and facilitate ECD training programmes for under skilled practitioners and owners of home based crèches. The raining equips beneficiaries with the necessary skills to provide a stimulating educational environment.
The organisation has also managed to assist crèches to develop their facilities in order to comply with the standards prescribed by the Department of Social Development to help them register their ECD centers. Tlangeni Day Care of Cosmo City’s extension 6 is one of the pre-schools which have benefited from ASHA Trust programmes.
Statistics indicate that approximately 4,5 million South African children between the ages of 0 – 4 years have no access to quality early childhood care and education facilities. Children exposed to the risk factors associated with poverty and face a greater risk of impaired brain development. Research proves that quality day-care improves the physical and intellectual development of poor children.