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.
Dec 11, 2013


Did you know that a child who attends a quality Early Years
facility has a 70% better chance to have a successful school career? That his
or her chance finding work and supporting themselves or their families is 65%
better than a child who has had no access to Early Years Education?

Every time you give, our capacity to deliver a service that
will bring about real change, increases.

The Ibhabhathane Community Centre has 37 children attending the
educational programme at the centre.

The Nutrition Programme continues to provide 60-70 meals
every day.

Our computer literacy programme not only offers digital
learning to our little ones and the local school children but provided valuable
learning support to the learners preparing for their final exams during the
last quarter.

Local volunteers are sharing their crochet and needle work
skills with the elderly and are producing bright and colourful work.

The centre will relocate to a new building in January 2014.
This is very exciting as it will help us to expand our programmes and reach a
wider community.

The Ibhabhathane Community Centre sincerely appreciates your
care and generous giving. Your contribution mobilises our vision to make
inroads in to the poverty situation prevailing in rural towns in the Eastern
Cape, South Africa. 

We thank you for considering this project and bringing about
change for good.

Warmest greetings


Sep 12, 2013


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....


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

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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