Feed & Teach 34 children age 0-4 in S/Afr village

Jun 19, 2014


Sineliso and Imange - Look what i can do!
Sineliso and Imange - Look what i can do!

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

Kindest regards

Yolande Delport

Project Leader

A little boy who loves to be busy
A little boy who loves to be busy


Mar 28, 2014

Training For Rural Pre-School Staff!

Pots and Pans can talk! A delightful conversation!
Pots and Pans can talk! A delightful conversation!

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.

Proud staff and children
Proud staff and children
Pure concentration
Pure concentration


Feb 14, 2014


No fencing between busy road and playground
No fencing between busy road and playground

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

Yolande Delport

Project Director

A much needed safe place to play
A much needed safe place to play
A determined Imange - i want to feed myself!
A determined Imange - i want to feed myself!


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....


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Project Leader

Yolande Delport

Riebeeck East, Eastern Cape South Africa

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