It's been a tough but good year in Cape Town and the holidays have been a time to celebrate the children and staff for their hard work.
Activities were organised for the children including making and eating some reindeer treats as part of snack time. All part of getting into the Christmas spirit! The children also made Christmas bells.
The staff team then went to Ikhayalethemba village, where they performed their South African version of the 12 Days of Christmas. Bonjour the Magician made his debut, and there were lots of Christmas songs, a delicious South African lunch, a visit from Santa and the GVI South African version of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Following all the festivities of Christmas Day volunteers and children had Fun Friday with loom bands, manicures, face painting and dress ups. The children were making the most of some of their Christmas presents.
Thank you for your support in 2014. We are looking forward to bringing you more in 2015.
Happy New Year
GVI Charitable Trust
This week we have been working on the next steps of the new classroom at Nceduluntu!
It all started back in November last year when some of our volunteers walked from Cape Point to Table Mountain to raise money for improvements to Mama’s Centres coupled with donations received from supporters such as yourselves! The replacement of an old shipping container with an extension on the existing brick building is the first steps in these improvements. So far the local builders have added the extension, installed power and new toilets for the children as well as adding security bars. This week the plaster work had cured enough to start painting so our volunteers set to work with the first couple of coats of paint.
It’s starting to look great. This week we’ll complete the painting and aim to have floor coverings and some more of the interior such as a reading area started. The children and local staff will soon get to enjoy the full benefits of the classroom extension, including allowing the centre to get registered as an official educational centre by the South African Government.
Thank you for supporting this project and giving these kids a better centre!
All the best
GVI Cape Town
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.
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.
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.
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