Disadvantaged & Special Needs children, Cape Town

Jul 14, 2014

Practical Items for Ikhayalethemba Village

Dear Supporter, 

Recent donations to this project have allowed us to purchase tables and chairs that are used by the children for eating times at the orphanage as well as plates, cups, cutlery, jugs and handwashing bowls for the children’s eating time as well as a container to store them

With a growing number of children at the orphanage, having enough eating utensils, tables and chairs can often be a challenge.  Carers often use valuable time getting enough cups and plates together and those we already have are often cracked which is not ideal for keeping them clean. Tables are used for lessons and then brought to the eating area for meal times. This can also be time consuming and can interfere with the children’s lesson time.

We also purchased 5 new blue tables and 20 chairs which can be used for meal times. The intention is that where possible these are used only for meals. This is time efficient and also means that things such as paint and glue are not used on the tables which are also used for eating.  The children also fit around the table more easily with the extra space the new chairs and tables provide.

This donation has provided resources that make meal preparation more efficient and hygienic.  It also means meal time can be set up without interfering with classes. Storage is more efficient and importantly, the children know that once they are sitting at the blue tables, it’s meal time and they need to follow the meal time procedures.

Thank you for continuing to support this project.

All the best

GVI Cape Town


May 13, 2014

Books for our Book Bus

Dear Supporter, 

Access to books is an issue in the Nomzamo and Zola communities and therefore limits parents’ and local staff’s ability to support their children through reading.  Research has shown the high importance of reading to children as part of their learning, it has a direct impact on a child’s ability to develop language and to become literate.

Reading aloud to children is such a crucial part of their development. That’s why we raised funds to buy books. We will use the books on our “Book Bus”. The Book Bus will be more than a mobile library, it will be a reading experience. We’ll travel to the different child care centres in the community. The children will climb on board the Book Bus and our volunteers and local staff will read books with the children. This is our way of taking books to the families and children of the Nomzamo and Zola community. 

Already we have seen the benefits of introducing a book time at Ikhayalethemba orphanage.  We have developed a culture of reading which has supported other aspects of the children’s development. Our GVI volunteers have been a huge part of this.The Book Bus and the focus on reading to children will allow us to spread this even further. The Books purchased following the Read To Children Challenge will help get our Book Bus off to a good start.

Thank you for supporting these children.

All the best

GVI Cape Town


Feb 28, 2014

Mama Lumka loves her children, every last one

The following is a postcard from Chi Nguyen, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in South Africa, about her recent visit to Global Vision International Charitable Trust.

Mama Lumka, the team, and the project in Ikhayalethemba Village all have their hearts in the right place. They are truly trying to do right by these kids, and their love for them shows. They recently built a sensory room for their disadvantaged children, where there are caterpillars and butterflies drawn on the walls with different fabrics and materials so that they may experience and eventually identify these textures. There is a walking station where they teach or rehabilitate children to walk, and a basic massage station for exacerbated physical tension or atrophy, such as clenched fists or weak limbs. 

Mama Lumka and team are hoping to bring the bakery back to life and begin construction on a nursery to help generate their own source of income for the project while simultaneously doing their best to maintain the grounds and their current programs. They are doing great work and fulfilling the needs of the community, but as more parents and children from the surrounding community come to Mama Lumka for help, Mama Lumka & team are finding themselves to be under quite the financial burden. Mama Lumka herself is a bit tired these days, as she is taking on as much of the physical work and day-to-day needs of the projects while still doing her best to look to and plan for the future. She needs more funding to hire and retain staff workers who can help her with the growing number of children at all project sites. She is slowly but surely familiarizing herself with the tools of technology and hopes that this will be one strong avenue through which she can reach more donors to help her with her 20+ babies.

Dec 31, 2013

Thank you from Ikhayalethemba

Thank you from Ikhayalethemba, ACJ primary school, Nomzamo township, GVI Cape Town and the GVI Charitable Trust. What a year we've had thank to your support and donation. 

Saying a special thank you in this photo is one of the special needs kids at Ikhayalethemba. She could hardly move when she first arrived, let alone paint something like this! So the special needs work by volunteers and staff plus the special needs equipment we've been able to buy with your donations have made a massive difference to her life!

There is a reason for the term "special needs" and it's in the word "special". The children here are so beautiful; so individually special. There is something incredibly unique about sharing time with those with special needs and I believe it to be in the power of the moment that is unavoidable when in their company; a value and lesson in life that is hard to grasp.

A huge part of this year was the brand new sensory room. We were keen to give these children a space of their own, where they could also develop and work on their skills. Transforming a cluttered, dull container into a peaceful haven containing a hub of sensory tools, offering ample approaches to communicating with each child. 

Some volunteers with qualifications in such an environment put together a presentation where they explained the diagnosis of each child and how the sensory room can be used for each to help with his/her specific needs, meaning this information will be passed on to ensure continuity and consistency in the children's progression.
We are incredibly appreciative of your support and that you care as much about these children as we do. We hope you have a fantastic new year.

GVI Cape Town


Nov 13, 2013

Fundraising Challenge 2013


Dear Supporter,

This past weekend was a busy one for many of us here in Gordon’s Bay, South Africa as a group of 17 of us undertook an 80km trek from Cape Point to Table Mountain.  This is the second year in a row we have done the hike in order to raise funds for this projects!
For that first day our goal was to hike from Cape Point to Simon’s Town where we would stay overnight.  We walked through the national park and along roads the whole way to reach Simon’s Town in about six hours. On our second day, we had about nine hours of hiking to do as we went up and down two mountains to end at Constantia Nek. 
By the time the last day came around every member of the team was feeling strained from the challenges we had overcome already. On this day we had plans of hiking all the way to the top of Table Mountain, however nature had a different plan for us. We discovered that the weather was too windy and the cable cars would not be running to take us down from the top.  Together with the help of everyone, we would take a different trail known as the contour path that would lead us up and around the mountain and down to the cable car station. It was another beautiful hike overlooking all of Cape Town that took us about seven hours from start to finish. But the most amazing part of the whole hike was definitely at the finish line.

As we headed down a steep last stretch everyone was excited to know they had almost made it. The feeling was overwhelming as we came down off the mountain to be greeted by our drivers, guides, and especially our project partner Mama Lumka and some of her family who had come out as a surprise to show their support. I personally did not believe my ears as I heard their voices cheering me on for the last stretch. It was such an awesome feeling that bested any other during the hike to know that not only had we completed our challenge, but that our project partners were there to show how much it meant to them. And looking around you could tell that everyone felt the same as we all had huge grins on our faces. The challenge was officially finished and the only thing left to do was celebrate.
Thank you to everyone who supports GVI CT Cape Town, Mama Lumka, the children and this challenge.

Andy Eskeland

Ikhayalethemba Coordinator


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Sophie Birkett

GVI Charitable Trust Manager
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

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Map of Disadvantaged & Special Needs children, Cape Town