Mia (7) is a bright and cheerful young girl who can be overly talkative at times, but is very respectful and helpful with others. Mia enjoys playing with her classmates and jumping rope at recess, and her favorite subject is handwork. At home, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her little sister who is in kindergarten. Mia's family has an unstable income which makes it difficult for them to keep up with their basic expenses and the cost of education for both of their daughters.
Mercy lives with her mother and brother, Miracle, who is Class 7 at Hermanus Waldorf School, in the township of Zwelihle. Mercy’s mother is a domestic worker, and a single mother, as her father is not involved in her life.Mercy loves coming to school and maths is her favourite subject. She also loves knitting. Her teacher says she is hardworking and very helpful in class. Her older brother is very protective of her.In the afternoons she walks home with her brother and she likes to play with her friends.
Omario is the first born in a family of three children. He has a younger sister and brother. When we visited their home we learnt that: His mother is a single mother. The family separated in 2016 due to domestic violence. Omarion’s mother is very scared and the family keeps relocating to different areas in pursuit of safety. The mother doesn’t have a stable job. She engages in traditional beadwork. Although has professional education, she can’t get a stable job because she has to take care of the youngest child. She is therefore not able to provide for her family adequately. Sometimes she has to leave her children alone. The family lives in a rented one roomed house with electricity but no running water. The house is not very well maintained. Omarion is a very friendly and humble boy. He tries to help his mother as much as he can with household chores and with his younger siblings. He is now in class Seven and walks to school every morning. He is happy to be in school.