In 1998 Johann and Marlena became aware of the desperate needs of the majority of the farm worker’s families in Hout Bay for an income and so started a Daycare by default! The demand grew rapidly and in 2005 there were 100 children and a waiting list! Johann negotiated a lease for 30 years with the then YMCA, for premises on their grounds and paid the leasing costs for 30 years in advance. In 2005 Marlis Schaper started fundraising for the Little Lambs. She became a long lasting supporter and friend.
The decision to establish SEEDS Trust was taken to oversee and govern the fast growing Little Lambs Daycare and possibly assist other organisations in their efforts to respond to the growing demand for pre-primary education and early child care in Imizamo Yethu. The Trust was successfully registered in 2005.
Soon the mandate of the Trust was extended to include education and empowerment initiatives in the broader Hout Bay and Imizamo Yethu area in general. Apart from educational loans and scholarships for underprivileged people from the area, the Trust’s primary initiative is the Little Lambs Christian Daycare project that offers basic care, nutrition and preschool education for children from Imizamo Yethu.
Sadly Johan passed away in 2007 but his memory lives on in the values of SEEDS Trust and in our hearts!
Presently SEEDS Trust supports Little Lambs and partners with 4 other organisations.
Education brings hope for the future. Gives self-worth and dignity. All people should have a right to these.
Through its various projects SEEDS Trust strives to make this possible to as many people as possible in an atmosphere of love and Godly values.
Founder and Trustee
Major fundraiser for Kinderhilfe-Kapstadt/SEEDS Trust