- A mother has gone the extra mile to help educate her special needs son
- Phumeza Booi Welisa's son, Hlumelo, has autism and she found it impossible to enroll him in a nearby school
- So, the dedicated mom decided to start her own school and now helps other kids, with and without autism
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Is there anything a mother would not do to help her child? Phumeza Booi Welisa, who lives in New Crossroads, Cape Town, has an 11-year-old boy who lives with autism.
The mother explained that when he was born in 2009, everything appeared to be fine. However, she noticed developmental delays by the age of two and the young boy, Hlumelo, was shortly afterwards diagnosed with autism.
After her son had been diagnosed with the condition, Welisa turned to her own mom, who had been caring for a child with similar behavioural traits.
However, caring for a child with special needs is tough, especially when it comes to education. The mom struggled to find a school for Hlumelo and he moved between seven creches in just a year.
Welisa also had to quit her job to care for her son after her mother and grandma passed away. She eventually found a school that specialises in children with autism but was rejected because her son still wore nappies.
Welisa ended up potty training her son at home and could finally enroll him in the special needs school by the age of eight.
However, according to GroundUP, the constant setbacks to find a school for Hlumelo motivated the mom to take matters into her own hands.
Welisa then decided to help other parents who have to go through the same struggles she had to. She enrolled in an 18-month Educare course at False Bay College and started her daycare Hlumelo Educare Centre in 2017.
She used the spare room in her house and soon had two autistic kids to care for. However, soon more parents, including those whose children didn't have autism, contacted Welisa.
"I noticed that the children with autism were learning from the ones without autism … They’re learning from each other."
Welisa now looks after 62 children, aged six months to eight years, including eight autistic children from the community.
She has since expanded the Educare centre and now uses three rooms and has seven staff members which include four teachers, a cook, caretaker and Welisa.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that a group of ladies are being lauded for feeding the homeless. Clement Ndebele shared an image of the stunning ladies to the #ImStaying group of Facebook.
According to Clement, the ladies feed the homeless and underprivileged. Clement says they use their Saturdays to cook for those in need at Woodstock in Cape Town. The ladies in their yellow aprons are all smiles in the image that Clement uploaded. His post received a ton of positive reactions.
Stayers loved the fact that these ladies go out of their way on their days off to help those who need it. The comments section is full of love, blessings and positivity.
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