Little Sineliso came to the centre as a tiny tot, still wearing towel nappies. He was shy, fearful and would cry at a drop of a hat.
Sineliso and his older sister Asonge, live with their grandmother in Riebeeck East. Their parents are working far from home in the city of Cape Town about a 1000km from our rural village The children see their parents once a year during Xmas-time. Their granny’s pension and the money their parents send home, must suffice in taking care of the household’s needs.
At first during circle time Sineliso would quietly sit and observe the other children and listen to their stories…the challenge to tell his own was just too scary. During our concert performance he needed constant adult presence. Singing songs in front of an audience was just too daunting and he would resort to tears. Whiles the other little ones were happily involved with activities of their choice, Sineliso would prefer the warm and snug embrace of his teacher’s arms…
Today, 2 years later….it is very hard to believe that Sineliso was once this very fearful and insecure, little child. He is a confident 4 year old who loves dressing up in his pink-punk wig and ball-room dresses, he shows a wonderful caring relationship towards his peers. During our last concert he was our solo performance artist! He performed so confidently and happily, his grandmother was in tears!
To find a better story-teller and music maker will be a very difficult task. He holds us all in the palm of his hand.
Little Sineliso’s potential has blossomed and there is no doubt that he will love learning and excel in school. His love for creativity, books and music will create an awareness that will guide him throughout his life path. He will be leaving us next year to attend the local Reception school and we feel very blessed to have had him with us and witnessed his enormous growth.
For each of our children we wish this blossoming of potential and with enough love, care and nurturing it is completely possible.
You can assist the Ibhabhathane Community Centre’s Early Years and Nutrition Programme by donating any amount big or small. Your contribution will certainly make a difference. Tell your friends or family about us and spread the word.
Our sincere thanks to all of you
At first the experience was daunting …the terminology just too strange and day one, just too overwhelming – we were ready to give up ……………. However, after a motivational session, we realised we can’t walk away from something just because it feels too difficult…..so we persevered…..
The Ibhabhathane Community centre was one of 25 NPOs in the whole of the Cacadu District to be selected to participate in the National Development Agency’s training roll-out for 2014.
Modules on Governance, Financial Management, Resource Mobilisation and Conflict Management were covered and for our two young staff members from a small, rural village, the initial dread was quickly replaced with glowing faces and great pride.
Education unlocks potential – for sure! For Loretta and Nobelungu the above experience was life changing and their capacity to contribute towards the Ibhabhathane and therefore the community has grown immensely.
And for the above, we have to thank you, our donors. Because it is your donations that make it possible, to deliver a service that builds confidence in those agencies who want to invest in our capacity development.
We thank you for that.
The New Year is nearly two months old and packed with promises to resolve pressing challenges at the Ibhabhathane Community Centre.
The biggest and most costly challenge we are facing is to fence in our playground. The Centre takes care of 36 little children form age 1-5 years old – and as you know, little children are like jelly, they wobble here, wobble there and before you know they are in the street running after a ball, completely unaware of dangerous traffic. At present the playground offers no fencing between a busy street and the patch of grass the children are using as a playground.
Not only will a fence protect our children but also allow child minders to give quality attention to outside activities.
The staff and children are very keen to start a permaculture vegetable garden which will greatly supplement our nutrition programme but up to now this has only been a vision as the reality is munched up by roaming pigs, sheep and goats.
The area to be fenced in equals’ 1200square metres which will cost $1500-$2000 - less than $2 a square metre! We would like to see the area fenced in during the first semester of this year and would urgently urge you to join us in this project. A great way to make sure a little child has a safe place to play.
Thank you for your incredible support
We look forward to hearing from you
Our warmest greetings
Did you know that a child who attends a quality Early Yearsfacility has a 70% better chance to have a successful school career? That hisor 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 thatwill bring about real change, increases.
The Ibhabhathane Community Centre has 37 children attending theeducational programme at the centre.
The Nutrition Programme continues to provide 60-70 mealsevery day.
Our computer literacy programme not only offers digitallearning to our little ones and the local school children but provided valuablelearning support to the learners preparing for their final exams during thelast quarter.
Local volunteers are sharing their crochet and needle workskills 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 awider community.
The Ibhabhathane Community Centre sincerely appreciates yourcare and generous giving. Your contribution mobilises our vision to makeinroads in to the poverty situation prevailing in rural towns in the EasternCape, South Africa.
We thank you for considering this project and bringing aboutchange for good.
The Ibhabhathane Community Centre embarked on its firstcreative workshop with practitioners and child minders from across the EarlyChildhood Development sector in the Grahamstown area, Eastern Cape, SouthAfrica, on Tuesday, September 10th.
Red and yellow finger paint was smeared across plasticcovered 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 andpulled off to reveal a print of the markings below.
Such a simple exercise but a FIRST for each of the more than20 Early Childhood Development practitioners attending the workshop!
The reason here for is that most of the Early Years Centresin the area have no or very little resources and very few practitioners areproperly trained.
In order to deliver a quality ECD service it isimperative that those who have skills and training share it with others whodon’t. It has long been proven that the most critical phase of humandevelopment is from a birth to school going age. The activities or programmeswe engage children in during this time will build the foundation for formallearning. It is therefore imperative that we ensure our children are givenopportunities to engage in activities that will provide blocks for a strongfoundation in a holistic way, and increase their chance to enjoy a successfulschool career.
The workshops we offer are voluntary and receives nogovernment subsidy. Your donation, however small or big, will assist us inbuilding ECD practitioners’ capacity in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
We thank you for the interest you have shown and taking thetime to consider our project.
Our sincere thanks and kindest regards
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Eastern Cape Region,