Disadvantaged & Special Needs children, Cape Town

Oct 3, 2014

New Classroom at Nceduluntu

Dear Supporter,

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


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


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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