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In 1992 Alta Nieuwoudt and her husband Isaack adopted a little girl. Stephanie had severe disabilities and despite this, they fully embraced and loved their daughter.
Alta and Isaack wanted to provide the best care possible for Stephanie but found that there wasn’t a day care centre for children with disabilities in the area. They soon realised that there were other families in the same situation, who didn’t have access to support or a place to care for their children.
Alta founded the Centre in May 1998 in a small room on the present property. The caring couple collected children from disadvantaged communities in their own car so they could attend the Centre.
By the end of 2009, the Bizweni Centre had moved into a beautiful new building with three classrooms, built out of the fundraising efforts of the local Helderberg Rotary Club.
In 2016, two additional classrooms were built to accommodate 12-18 year old children.
We are forever grateful to the Helderberg Rotary Club for catching the vision of the Centre and making the expansion possible.
Although our Centre has grown and expanded over the years, its core values have remained the same.
We provide a safe, loving environment, conducive to learning and development.
Every child with disabilities should have access to education to reach their full potential.
The Bizweni educational and therapeutic staff is comprised of a dynamic, dedicated and caring team.
This includes teachers, therapists, class assistants, administrators, fundraiser, drivers and housekeeping staff, who work together to provide a welcoming and learning-rich environment for 67 children with special needs.
We take pride in what we do and the high level of care we provide.
Chairman – Justus Swart
Vice Chairman – Lwazi Mankahla
Treasurer – Daniel De Villiers
Secretary – Dinks Rankin
Member – Stephan Mack
Member – Russell Julies