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
The Ibhabhathane Community Centre has had the mostextroadinary 3 months! Despite no government funding the centre could stillcontinue paying wages to its staff members, take our children to their firsttheatre production, which was absolutely wonderful and buy art materials tocontinue our latest project; Pretty Things for Little Things. The lastmentioned project is engaging community members in sharing their skills withthe elderly in the village. During this exercise the participants are learningto cut and sew aprons for our little ones, which is much needed duringdeliciously messy art activities as well as making 35 book bags for librarybooks to go home on a weekly basis as part of a literature programme toencourage our parents to read books to their toddlers.
A brand new gas oven and stove has add to our nutritionprogramme significantly. We can now offer our children a variety of yummy bakedand cooked dishes. Our Friday cooking session has seen baked ‘clever catbiscuits and cheerful cupcakes for Father’s Day.
Our progress and continual improvement on service deliveryis thanks to people like our Global Giving donors, who cares about the lives of children andunderstands how important stimulation and nutrition are during these earlyyears of human development.
Please continue the good work. Don’t hesitate to donate, no matter how big or smallin order to help the Ibhabhathane build people’s capacity to discover theirpotential.
Our sincere thanks for your generosity and support.
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
Today, April 15th is exactly 4 years ago that theIbhabhathane Community Centre opened its doors for the first time.
Today, thanks to all our friends support we can truly saythat we are firmly established in the hollow of our valley in Riebeeck East,rural Eastern Cape, South Africa. Our programme that provides care, nutritionand stimulation for 37 young children age 2-4 is growing from strength tostrength and building our staff’s capacity.
The computer literacy programme that takes place daily andoffers free tuition to 18 children per day has now been extended to accommodatethe needs of the adults in the community who expressed the need to have digitaltraining.
A much better and bigger school building is waiting on thehorizon and we hope to occupy it by September which will give our children somuch more space!
Our first priority is to fence in the property as it is nextto the main road, this will cost per quotes we have received, $1400. It will be wonderful if we could have ourGlobalGiving donor support to realise this project. Your donation will be most welcome.
We thank you for your support and generous giving
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Eastern Cape Region,