ECD: Empowering Change in Dikgale

We raise money through crowdfunding platform for Konoto Crèche in Dikgale, a rural village located in Limpopo Province.

The problem we aim to solve:

UNICEF has estimated that there are 3.7 million orphans mainly in South Africa due to parental death caused by the HIV/Aids pandemic. Aluwani Foundation has focused on identifying and capacitating Child Care Facilities, which care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

The solution our project offers:

We, Aluwani interns, are raising money to support the ongoing construction of Konoto Crèche, the new childcare facility that will serve 112 children aged from birth up to five years old. The construction of a safe and secure facility has positive psychological benefits on children.

The impact our project had so far:

We have raised $25000 from last 14 days since the launch of our campaign.


Who is behind this project?

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About the project

Aluwani, previously known as the Lonely Road Foundation, is a non-profit organization working in collaboration with the community of Ga-Dikgale in rural South Africa. We focus on nurturing happy, healthy, secure children, and empowering rural villages in the Dikgale community to be self-sustaining.
Aluwani is building an early childhood development daycare centre called the Konoto Crèche. The daycare will take care of 112 children aged from birth up to five years old. Afterwards, the children will benefit from the services of a nearby Drop-in Centre.
The direct beneficiaries of ECD: Empowering Change in Dikgale are the children who attend the Konoto Crèche, as well as the caregivers who work there. When children receive high quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) care, it has been shown to affect them far into their adult lives, including improved physical and cognitive ability, reduced propensity to turn to crime, increased ability to be able to hold formal employment, and an array of other effects.

Where Does the Money Go?

The money raised in this campaign will go to completing the Konoto Crèche and investing further in early childhood development in our existing Drop-In Centers and Crèches.

*We are committed to spending your money efficiently, and can assure you that every dollar you spend will directly benefit Aluwani. Want to see our full financial plan? Click here.

On a tight budget? There are other important ways you can show support!

  • Share our campaign video on Facebook and tag @Aluwani

  • Tweet about our campaign on Twitter and tag @AluwaniZA

  • Meet the community by checking out @facesofdikgale on Instagram

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on our progress

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you tell me more about your Incubator Program?

Our Incubator Program is targeted at young adults and older adults alike. The program runs for 10 weeks and educates the students about business in general as well as helps them to develop the skills necessary to become an entrepreneur in a community like Dikgale. So far, there have been 40 graduates. One group of graduates started a sustainable brick-making company. They made the bricks that are being used in the construction of the new Konoto Crèche.

  • How did Aluwani start?

10 years ago, on his visit to a rural community with no electricity and clean water, Thabang Skwambane met a 22-month old girl sitting in the corner with a plate of chicken feet and pap (maize porridge). The lady cooking the food paid no attention to the child and simply said that the little girl needed to take care of herself. It struck Thabang that all children deserve to have a rich childhood. They should be able to dream to become whoever they want to be, no matter who they are or where they’re from. He founded Aluwani (previously known as the Lonely Road Foundation) after his completion of The Lonely Road Challenge in 2007, which consisted of him biking, completely unsupported, from Johannesburg, South Africa to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He completed his journey by climbing the mountain. He did all of this over a period of six months and without any money–he begged his way to the end of the journey. His campaign raised awareness of the orphaned and vulnerable children in Dikgale and raised R1,000,000, which he used to start the foundation.

Any Questions?

Fundraising for ECD: Empowering Change in Dikgale will close on August 10th 2017 at 9PM EST. If you would like to learn more about Aluwani please visit our website ( or send us an e-mail at

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