There is always something happening here in Ikhayalethem.
Our snack programme provides a healthy snack each morning for the children. While our volunteers prepare the snack, it frees up the carers for other tasks. It’s recommended that snack comprises two food groups so we provide a good balance for the children. Bananas, boiled eggs and yoghurt are among the children’s favourites.
Some of the children from Ikhayalethemba also started school. They are all really enjoying it and the ground work with reading and writing that our volunteers have been able to provide, since the children were very young, has particularly given them a head start with the English curriculum. We have been able to support the purchase of the children’s stationery and uniforms thanks to kind donations.
Class time continues with the younger children. They love learning the alphabet letters and our volunteers have some great ideas for reinforcing the concepts that the children learn. We try to make learning as hands-on, stimulating and varied as possible. We want the children to express their creative side.
One of the big expenses for Ikhayalethemba is nappies. All of the children with special needs rely on wearing nappies and as you can imagine this is a huge expense for the centre, especially as some of the children require adult sizes now they are growing up. We have been able to support the centre with funding the nappies and we are helping Mama and the team develop ways of managing this expense in the future.
Our work with the children with Special Needs continues. Unfortunately the Special Needs Sensory Room was affected by a leaking roof, leaving it too wet to work in and some damage to the equipment. We have been pleased to be able to support the centre to have the roof repaired using local workers. We also helped fund repairs to the children’s bedroom roof. Very heavy rains earlier this week showed that the work has been successful so we are well and truly back on track with working with the children in the Sensory Room to provide a stimulation and therapy programme.
Volunteers have been very busy painting the Ikhayalethemba Houses and giving them a bit of a colour lift. It’s certainly made a big difference..
On the 16th June we celebrated Youth Day here in South Africa. Youth Day is celebrated in order to recognise the role of youth in the liberation of South Africa from the apartheid regime. The children made chains of children to acknowledge the day. Lots of creative work to be seen!
Thank you so much for your continued support.
One of our goals for 2015 is to help Ikhayalethemba meet all the criteria to become fully registered as a local care centre. As part of that goal, our volunteers have been busy making and installing custom fly screens at the Special Needs house. By addressing the health issue caused by the large numbers of flies, we are able to tick off some of the health and safety aspects for registration requirements.
At Ikhayalethemba Sanctuary, the design of the windows doesn’t allow for the usual style of fly screens and there is a lot of traffic in and out of the doors so flies don’t have much difficulty getting in. After a few prototypes and a bit of experimentation, our volunteers came up with a design using mosquito netting.
It still allows a breeze to cool the rooms and access to the window latches. They then used heavier netting to create strips that hang from the top of the door. It was great to see the volunteers sharing ideas and working together to solve this problem for the Special Needs area.
One of the current Sanctuary Trust fundraising initiatives is a second-hand clothes shop that Mama Lumka and her family run each day. Our volunteers have helped out not only with the task of sorting the clothes for sale, but they also made some rails for Mama to hang the clothes on as part of her shop. Some of the volunteers also painted a sign to increase awareness of this fundraising initiative.
Thank you for your continued support on this project.
All the best
GVI Charitable Trust
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
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!
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.
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