House of Children – Coffee Bay

I spent a couple of hours shooting some images and video at the Ikhaya Labantwana Pre-School up in Jonga Village near Coffee Bay. It’s a pretty cool story about a bunch of folk who started a pre-school in a rondavel a couple of years ago with 13 children and now in the newly built school, offer a Montessori education and two healthy meals to nearly fifty kids every day.

Coffee Bay

Best playground in the World?

You don’t expect to find a Montessori School perched up on a classic Kei hill. The new shiny version opened in April 2013, after 3 years in a rondavel and with some assistance from the National Development Agency, Coffee Shack Backpackers and a bunch of sponsors and benefactors and some sheer bloody mindedness classes began on April 9th 2013.

Coffee Bay

Ikhaya Labantwana – House of Children

Run under the umbrella of Sustainable Coffee Bay (An NPO that runs education based community projects) and headed up by Dawn Brochenin, its hard not to see the benefits of this effort and accomplishment in the happy faces of the children who attend daily.

Coffee Bay

Happy days … at school

A further spin off is twelve local women are currently undergoing teacher training with the goal of opening a further five satellite schools based on the same model in the surrounding villages.

Coffee Bay

Day over, play time.

In a country where the education system is panned for being inadequate, its pretty heart-warming and inspiring to see individuals and organizations stepping in to fill the gaps, with nothing but passion for education and a will to improve the lives of children in South Africa.

Help put one of these kids through pre-school ...

Help put one of these kids through pre-school …

If you want to help or sponsor a child’s pre-school education please get hold of Dawn on

Ikhaya Labantwana Pre-School

Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori’s mission is to build a collaborative space to facilitate early childhood, social, health, environmental and economical development for the various communities in the greater Coffee Bay area … starting with the children.


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4 Responses

  1. Meruschka says:

    Hi Stu. I visited the old school at the rondavel a year after Dawn started it. I was impressed and inspired by the work they do, but wouldn’t have expected anything less from Dawn and Coffee Shack. Ikhaya Labantwana is close to my heart, have been meaning to write about it for a while but haven’t had the opportunity to visit in the past 2 years. The kids are just amazing. Thanks for help telling their story.

  2. jabedi says:

    what a fantastic story. This is the South Africa I know and love. The children are beautifully captured in your pictures. This story is our future, xxx

  3. Thank you for telling our story so well and for the beautiful pics!!

  4. Meryl says:

    I love this story.

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