Bishopscourt is the home of the Archbishop of Cape Town. He realised that the property was breeding alien vegetation which was beginning to spread to other properties. These aliens spread quickly and are often water-guzzlers!
So a meeting was called of the local community to explain to them what these aliens are the the problems that they cause. There was a lot of interest and many people came to the meeting and a lto of interaction took place. This was followed by a session of getting your hands dirty as they were pulled up and replaced by indigenous plants and trees.
A new school year – a new start
For children whose lives have been turned upside down by abuse, neglect or abandonment, school can play a huge role in providing stability and continuity. More than that, it provides a space to be a child among other children, a 'normal' experience in the middle of events that have made the child feel 'different'.
The start of the new school year (in January) is therefore a time of great excitement! There are new clothes (school uniform) and a new start, and lots of new possibilities to make a new start.
And meanwhile - the little ones stay at home with their carers and say good bye to their bigger brothers and sisters
In recent weeks South Africa has hit the worldwide headlines as the rape and mutilation of 17 year old Anene Booysen hit the international press.
South Africa faces a huge challenge in terms of gender based violence, and has become known as one of the countries with the highest rates of rape of any country not at war.
One of the ways to combat abuse of women and children is to challenge rape supportive attitudes and to teach children from a young age about how to protect themselves.
Jerry Giraffe is one such programme, which in a fun way teaches the children that they are special, that all people must respect their private parts. They learn that there is good touch and bad touch, and identify who they would tell if they felt uncomfortable.
Fikelela recently trained Sunday School teachers from eight churches to run the Jerry Giraffe programme with their children.