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A sustainable way of spending your money on things that really matter.
All our proceeds go to support ECD projects in underprivileged areas.

Come on in, let’s show you around.

DURBAN

A sustainable way of spending your money on things that really matter.
All our proceeds go to support educational projects in underprivileged areas.

Come on in, let’s show you around.

Chic Mamas Do Care Durban

Our Durban ‘mission’ is a bit different to the rest of the country. Currently we don’t have a permanent shop, we organise pop-up events throughout the year.

We raise funds to improve the developmental conditions of preschool children in disadvantaged communities and invest in the training, and supply of resources for their teachers and caregivers.

In August 2013, our Cape Town based NPO took a leap of faith and agreed for a group of enthusiastic Highway women to start up a branch in Westville. And so began an adventure into the unknown where we have the ongoing privilege of touching lives and hearts with generous souls and unsung heroes in the communities around us. We stand amazed at the vast network of incredible people selflessly investing their time and talents to help those less fortunate.

At our pop up events, we sell excellent quality, clothing and accessories donated by retailers, boutiques, designers and supporters from our community.

We believe in the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and that each child should have the opportunity to grow in a safe, stimulating environment.

Meet the Team of
Chic Mamas Do Care, Durban

Jenny heads up a team of 24 volunteers whose dominant interests include a passion for fashion and/or education.

The team focuses on uplifting Early Childhood Development conditions in impoverished areas around Durban. Grants from corporates, and funds raised at three fashion events during the year, are invested in the maintenance of existing preschools; the installation and equipping of new preschools; and sponsoring accredited ECD training for teachers at those preschools.

The mission of this team is to see flourishing, stand-alone preschools with teachers who are equipped and empowered to release school-ready preschoolers into Grade R. This team believes that early childhood development is foundational to success in life and that effective ECD can ultimately break the cycle of poverty for many individuals.

Meet Jenny Du Bois, Coordinator of Chic Mamas Do Care, Durban

Jenny has been part of the Durban Mamas since August 2013.

She is an ex-teacher with a BSC HDE qualification.
She is married to Mark and they have two married sons and young grandchildren.

Whilst she joined Chic Mamas with a strong fashion interest, her heart now leans more strongly towards seeing transformation in the lives of the preschoolers and communities served by this team.

Meet the Team of
Chic Mamas Do Care, Durban

Jenny heads up a team of 24 volunteers whose dominant interests include a passion for fashion and/or education.

The team focuses on uplifting Early Childhood Development conditions in impoverished areas around Durban. Grants from corporates, and funds raised at three fashion events during the year, are invested in the maintenance of existing preschools; the installation and equipping of new preschools; and sponsoring accredited ECD training for teachers at those preschools.

The mission of this team is to see flourishing, stand-alone preschools with teachers who are equipped and empowered to release school-ready preschoolers into Grade R. This team believes that early childhood development is foundational to success in life and that effective ECD can ultimately break the cycle of poverty for many individuals.

Meet Jenny Du Bois, Coordinator of Chic Mamas Do Care, Durban

Jenny has been part of the Durban Mamas since August 2013.

She is an ex-teacher with a BSC HDE qualification.
She is married to Mark and they have two married sons and young grandchildren.

Whilst she joined Chic Mamas with a strong fashion interest, her heart now leans more strongly towards seeing transformation in the lives of the preschoolers and communities served by this team.

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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others!

B.T. Washington

Projects We Support

Umzamo Day Care Centre
Preschool and Creche

We met the amazing Nomusa Dlungwana who single-handedly cared for up to 20 children, 6 days per week, aged from 3mths to 6yrs. Whilst the children were being safely baby sat, there was no awareness of the need for developmental stimulation, and under those trying circumstances it simply wasn’t possible.

Fast forward to 2020, and Umzamo is now a fully functional preschool and crèche. It is positioned on a spacious site on the edge of the informal settlement. Safely fenced, it consists of three classroom structures, 2 play areas, a water-harvesting system and ablutions.

House of Hope Preschool
and Creche

The supervisor of House of Hope, Maureen Dlamini, approached Chic Mamas in early 2016 for assistance. She was caring for 35 children in a 4m x 5m room in her home and requested help with larger premises. After many challenges, the new House of Hope preschool opened in November 2017.

It is fully fenced, for security and safety and Chic Mamas installed a large 12m converted container classroom and water harvesting system. The beautiful playground equipment was sponsored by SA HOME LOANS and waterless ablutions were sponsored by Envir-Loo.

Zamokuhle Preschool
and Creche

From day one, this project rolled out with favour at every turn. By mid July 2019, within a month of the land being levelled, the new Zamokuhle preschool was installed and operational. Grants from MySchool Card, LUSH SA and CMH, together with Chic Mamas funding, has produced a vibrant preschool consisting of two converted container classroom, waterless ablutions, a playground and a water harvesting system.

Zethu has employed three assistants.One completed her Educare Training, one begun training through the council and Zethu began her first year at Caversham Education Institute in Feb 2020.

Teacher Training
Caversham Education Institute

Unless teachers are adequately equipped, they are unable to provide their preschoolers with the vital stimulation and early development children need for school readiness. We believe that our best means of impacting the greatest number of preschoolers, is through properly trained teachers.

One of our objectives is for our school supervisors to become empowered to function independently of Chic Mamas. Post installation, we walk alongside the schools for a limited period, assisting where necessary and guiding them in areas where skills or knowledge is lacking.

Entrepreneurial Project
Jumble Bags

In the communities associated with the schools we’ve installed, there are many unemployed women. Additionally, the schools need to raise additional funds.
The Durban team bags and sells jumble/unsold stock for a nominal amount to the women and to schools. All monies we receive from the sale of the bags is deposited.

Both groups then reap whatever profit they’re able to make. Part of their earnings is used to purchase further bags. This project allows the unemployed women to put food on the table and the schools to cover costs such as printing, taxi fares to training etc.

Contact Us

Location

Chic Mamas Do Care Durban
33 Kings Avenue,
Westville, Durban

Operating Hours

Two-day Fashion Fundraiser Events
three times a year and other pop-up events.

We are a MySchool MyVillage
MyPlanet beneficiary

Nominate us as a beneficiary if you are a Woolworths Rewards card holder. Please nominate Chic Mamas for your “My School, My Village, My Planet”-card swipes.

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