I live in Lenasia with my 79-year-old mom. The two of us live alone. I am a Grade 1 primary school educator in Lenasia. I also am the host of my own talk show on Radio Islam International every Saturday morning. I am also a life coach, a motivational speaker, professional MC and volunteer with a humanitarian organisation.
During this lockdown, I’m at home with my husband and my two daughters, who are five and nearly two. It’s hard. At least, I’m finding it hard. It’s not what I signed up for! I teach, so I am usually out a large portion of the day. I had not signed up to be a stay at home mom. So yeah, it’s trying.
When I heard about the COVID-19 case in our country, I became paranoid. I’m scared of getting sick. I am a foundation phase educator at Streetlight Schools in Jeppestown, which partners with Play Africa. I love all the kids in the class and we practice good hygiene at school. After hearing about this case, I really insisted on kids using sanitizers regularly.
When my son, T, was around 2, we realized he wasn’t speaking at all. I thought he’ll speak later and he was just delayed. If you didn’t know our family, you would not even tell there was a child in the house, except if he cried. However, my thought wasn’t the truth. T grew and still did not speak. He made hand gestures to communicate.
I am at home with my three children, ages 9, 7 and 6. I was introduced to Play Africa by a friend in March last year. I was WOWED and absolutely impressed by the resources that we saw. We live in flats and in my children’s schools they don’t have anything like what we saw at Play Africa. Their playing resources are very limited.