The Ibhabhathane Community Centre

It is our mission to provide access for all children of the community to an effective Early Childhood Development Programme, in a safe and caring environment that will prepare our young children to enjoy a successful start in a formal learning environment.
Sep 12, 2013

FINGERPAINTING FOR GRAHAMSTOWN'S ECD PRACTIONERS

ECD practitioners exploring creative fingerpaint
ECD practitioners exploring creative fingerpaint



The Ibhabhathane Community Centre embarked on its first
creative workshop with practitioners and child minders from across the Early
Childhood Development sector in the Grahamstown area, Eastern Cape, South
Africa, on Tuesday, September 10th.

Red and yellow finger paint was smeared across plastic
covered tables. Fingers and objects were used to   create rich gestures in the thick paint.
Great was the moment when papers where placed over the rich textural planes and
pulled off to reveal a print of the markings below.

Such a simple exercise but a FIRST for each of the more than
20 Early Childhood Development practitioners attending the workshop!

The reason here for is that most of the Early Years Centres
in the area have no or very little resources and very few practitioners are
properly trained.

In order to deliver a quality ECD service it is
imperative that those who have skills and training share it with others who
don’t. It has long been proven that the most critical phase of human
development is from a birth to school going age. The activities or programmes
we engage children in during this time will build the foundation for formal
learning. It is therefore imperative that we ensure our children are given
opportunities to engage in activities that will provide blocks for a strong
foundation in a holistic way, and increase their chance to enjoy a successful
school career.

The workshops we offer are voluntary and receives no
government subsidy. Your donation, however small or big, will assist us in
building ECD practitioners’ capacity in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

We thank you for the interest you have shown and taking the
time to consider our project.

Our sincere thanks and kindest regards

A first print....
A first print....
HAPPY FACES
HAPPY FACES

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Aug 8, 2013

Rural Early Childhood Centre Riding The Storm

Lighting a candle for Tata Madiba
Lighting a candle for Tata Madiba's Birthday

The Ibhabhathane Community Centre has had the most
extroadinary 3 months! Despite no government funding the centre could still
continue paying wages to its staff members, take our children to their first
theatre production, which was absolutely wonderful and buy art materials to
continue our latest project; Pretty Things for Little Things. The last
mentioned project is engaging community members in sharing their skills with
the elderly in the village. During this exercise the participants are learning
to cut and sew aprons for our little ones, which is much needed during
deliciously messy art activities as well as making 35 book bags for library
books to go home on a weekly basis as part of a literature programme to
encourage our parents to read books to their toddlers.

A brand new gas oven and stove has add to our nutrition
programme significantly. We can now offer our children a variety of yummy baked
and cooked dishes. Our Friday cooking session has seen baked ‘clever cat
biscuits and cheerful cupcakes for Father’s Day.

Our progress and continual improvement on service delivery
is thanks to people like our Global Giving donors, who cares about the lives of children and
understands how important stimulation and nutrition are during these early
years of human development.

Please continue the good work. Don’t hesitate to donate, no matter how big or small
in order to help the Ibhabhathane build people’s capacity to discover their
potential.



Our sincere thanks for your generosity and support.



Our brand new stove
Our brand new stove
Quite a workout this baking!
Quite a workout this baking!
Our Brilliant Comrades team came to visit
Our Brilliant Comrades team came to visit

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May 20, 2013

CLIMBING & CLAMBER APPARATUS FR RURAL ECD CENTRE

Sino
Sino's

Happy News! The Ibhabhathane Early Childhood Development Centre has a promise of  a new school building on its horison!!!

No more "holy" floors and ceilings through which most of our toys and equipment are dissapearing and there will be proper ablution facilities for our 38 children. Hooray!

The above brings us one step closer in giving rural, pre-school children access to a quality Early Years Educational Service.

Which brings us to another tiny step. And this might sound a luxurious request in a world where there are so many who do not have food to eat but it is still so essential to the development of a young child! A climbing and clambering apparatus helps young children to explore and grow physically, assist in problem solving, social interaction and cognitive development, nearly all the ingredients of a good Early Years Programme.

All we need is $25 from each of our donors to make this happen. Please help us to realise this project.

We thank you sincerely

Warmest greetings

Yolande

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