Bregal Milestone is proud to partner with Starting Chance, an NPO providing children with a quality educational environment

As part of the Grant Programme, Bregal have also made a substantial donation to ‘Starting Chance’ in early January 2020.

‘Starting Chance’ is a high integrity organization and registered charity in Cape Town, South Africa, focused exclusively on providing Early Childhood Development opportunities to under-privileged children in impoverished informal settlements.

The organization’s vision is to empower all children to avoid the education poverty trap: of inadequate school readiness and subsequent poor educational outcomes, caused by a lack of access to Early Childhood Development programs. It seeks to achieve this vision through a holistic model to empower local communities with education, training, resources, and administrative support to deliver early childhood development opportunities for local children in a sustainable way.

“At Starting Chance we dare to imagine that every child could be offered the opportunity to break the education poverty trap! Together, we can!”

Through these initiatives, Starting Chance has improved the learning environment for over 10,200 children in Mfuleni aged 0 – 6 years, since founding in 2013. There are currently 25 schools enrolled in the Starting Chance program, growing at 4 – 6 schools per year. In order to enrol in the Starting Chance program, schools must meet several criteria including educational and environmental quality, financial management, and proof of land ownership.

“Nowhere is the mantra, ‘If you start behind you stay behind’, more true in education than in South Africa. By the age of nine, ensnared by the education poverty trap, the fate of many of our children is sealed. For children with disability, their start can be even harsher – they are the so-called “Hidden Children” who are locked away on their own in shacks every day as their parents leave for a long day at work.

At Starting Chance we dare to imagine that every child’s start could be different given the opportunity!

In choosing to partner with us, Bregal Milestone will reach deep into poverty-stricken communities of Cape Town to offer children the rare gift of a Starting Chance. In doing so will also create opportunity for women entrepreneurs to expand their business and grow the teams that operate early childhood and special care day centres serving their community.

At Starting Chance we dare to imagine that every child could be offered the opportunity to break the education poverty trap! Together, we can!”

Dr Ian Corbett
Starting Chance Chairman

For further press information please contact Ian and Ali Corbett

8 Well Way, Hout Bay, 7806, W Cape, South Africa

+27 (0)82 491 1171

info@startingchance.org.za

www.spreadasmile.org

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