Impande South Africa

Investing in Early Childhood Development

Impande supports grassroots Early Childhood Development (ECD). The focus is on the most marginilised and poorest of communities in South Africa. Their mission is to provide good quality early learning services, which is of particular importance to ensure children from poor households are supported in their development and readiness to learn. 

Impande has a strong commitment to improving access to infrastructure and resources for Pre-schools to ensure that children are supported in the first 5 years of their life to meet the basic requirements to start school.

We will only see an equal tomorrow when children are given a fair start in life.

Why Early Childhood Development


61 %

of children are developmentally at risk due to malnutrition and poor stimulation


> 50%

of Pre-schools centres operate from poor facilities with minimum resources.

women at ECD


of the women working in Pre-schools lack income.

We support Impande’s mission is catalyse investment in community driven, quality Pre-schools. We want to see a fair start in life for children aged 0-5 years in marginalised communities. 

Infrastructure projects we support

Impande South Africa has a strong commitment to improving access to infrastructure and resources for Pre-schools. The goal is to support grassroot Pre-schools started by the community. These mostly operate in sub optimal conditions.  All infrastructure projects utilise emerging black businesses to supply building materials and labour thus insuring your investment not only has a huge social impact but creates local economic impact in the community.

Build a Pre-school

From this…


To this…

Impande after

Low cost classrooms

We support the construction of safe, low-cost classrooms in the most marginalized communities. The classrooms are built with adequate space to improve children’s learning environments.  Impande’s low cost ECD infrastructure model has been developed with scalability, functionality and learning in mind. 

New classrooms are selected based on a needs assessment and a thorough review. 

Cost of a 2 classroom Pre-school (60 children): 19 500 EUR

Cost of a 1 classroom Pre-school (30 children) : 14 500 EUR

This includes: kitchen, rain water collection tank, sick bay, pour flush toilets, fencing, gate, and a basic resource box.


From this…

Impande old toilet

To this…

Water saving pour flush toilets to ensure basic sanitation.

A pour flush toilet is like a regular flush toilet except that the water is poured using a 1.5 litre jug which is sufficient to flush. This is a water efficient solution and even grey water can be used to flush.  Waste is transported by pipe to a underground drainage system. 

Cost per toilet: 800 EUR

Infrastructure upgrade

Fencing and an additional classroom

new fencing

This Pre-school needs fencing

Upgrade an existing structure with a new fence and more 

Some Pre-schools require an upgrade e.g. fencing to secure the school, playground, outdoor equipment, one more classroom.   

Cost for fencing plus gate : 1 600 EUR

Other upgrades e.g. playground, resource box : Cost on request

 Join us and reach the most marginalised communities and achieve high impact through investing at grassroots where support is most needed.