We would like to share the most recent trustee report from the GVI Charitable Trust. This report covers the six month period from July to December 2011.
This has been by far the most successful period. In six months we have raised nearly as much as we did the whole previous year. This increase in funding has brought a corresponding increase in the impact we have been able to create on our programs around the world.
During this period we have invested in sustainable education across Latin America. This includes support for the elderly in Guatemala and income generation schemes to support education in Honduras and Ecuador. In Mexico we have worked with a community to establish a recycling centre and in Kenya our partners in Mombasa will now see impoverished students complete primary education to earn qualifications for the first time.
These are just a few highlights of an amazing, productive and rewarding six months. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and played a crucial role in these achievements.
Imaginary play is a hugely important part of every child’s early development for many reasons. Mama Lumka and the Ikhayalethemba Village staff have always tried to encourage the children to use their imaginations especially as their toys and play equipment are limited. Since GVI started at the Village it has been a dream of all involved to give the children a safe environment where their imaginations could run wild so when the Nceduluntu Trust designated a space in March 2011 for exactly that and we were very keen to support them.
Thanks to GVI and the generosity of various volunteers the room was set up with different play stations such as a workbench, kitchen, costumes and ball pen. The excitement of the children when they first saw this wonderful room full of exciting toys was priceless and 5 months on their enthusiasm remains exactly the same. The room has also provided a useful behavioral management tool as children who misbehave risk missing out on their allocated daily playroom time.
GVI, Mama Lumka and the Nceduluntu Trust and of course the beautiful children would like to thank everyone who has supported this project and for the moments of joy they have brought to these children’s lives.
Donations and fundraising to the GVI Charitable Trust have now funded the opening of the new Edu-care Hope Centre in Cape Town South Africa. The centre begins to answer a significant area of concern in the Westlake community, that of large numbers of children not attending a nursery or school and spending the days on the streets. These children are extremely vulnerable to being exploited and abused by others as well as the physical dangers of being on the streets unsupervised. Neglect in the early years of a child’s life is often the start of a downward spiral into a number of social issues such as unemployment, substance abuse and criminality. With these aspects in mind the primary goal of the Hope Centre Edu-care is to get children off the streets and into a positive, motivating environment. The secondary goals are to provide a foundation of learning and development that will stand these children in good stead for future success at school and in life. Conscious of over committing and damaging community relations the centre will start with one class of 10 children aged 3-5 with the intention of taking on a second class of 10 within the next 2 months. These children have been selected by our local partner Cynthia Jacobs who knows the community very well and has chosen the children she knows to be the most vulnerable and in need. The families will not have to pay anything for their children to attend which is a unique aspect to this centre as all other nurseries in the area charge around R200pm. She has met with the parents of each child who are extremely happy and thankful for this opportunity for their children.
Funds raised so far through the GVI Charitable Trust will allow us to run the centre for 12 months, during this time we will work to assist our local partners to become self sufficient with the implementation of fundraising schemes which will allow the centre to grow and flourish past the initial 12 months. Funds have been used for:
After a number of weeks of planning, The Hope Centre Edu-care was launched on the 15th of March 2011 with a successful community day. The 10 children and their parents as well as the children from Jabulani and Ibis nurseries attended along with the local ward counsellor, a number of community leaders, representatives from the church, Shayle Havemann our Regional Director and the GVI Cape Town office staff. It was a great day enjoyed by all and had a significant and important effect on community relations which we have felt the benefit of already with invitations to join the next meeting of the community leaders.
Moving forward there is lots of enthusiasm for developing the centre, including building a second classroom container which would allow 4 extra classes and keep 40 children off the streets, renovating the open space into a play area with Jungle Gym, a vegetable garden to provide food for daily meals and a sustainable income and planting trees and bushes to make the centre look more inviting and an attractive asset for the community as a whole.
A new year sees the start of a new project. We have been working at Ncedeluntu Educare centre in Nomzamo. It is run by the same group that we work with at Ikhayalethemba Village. Mama Lumka told us that she wanted to repaint some of the walls, so we decided it was the perfect opportunity to help out, and with four willing volunteers and a few staff members we have been creating masterpieces. The highlight is the mural in the main classroom, including weather features, animals, colours, numbers and letters, and incorporating a green chalkboard as the foliage of a tree. It has been great to have such an enthusiastic group.
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