Disadvantaged & Special Needs children, Cape Town

Aug 23, 2012

Construction Project at Ikhayalethemba

We were pleased to have Sam join us for two weeks at Ikhayalethemba.  Sam came to Cape Town to work on our construction project. Through Sam’s work we were able to build a fence and create a safe play area for our children, particularly one of our children with Special Needs who likes to wander and requires constant supervision.

The plan was to fence - off an alcove that is part of the Special Needs centre. Sam worked with two of our local community members to construct the fence. For part of the day he also worked with the children. It was great that he could build up a relationship with the child the area was primarily designed for.  He could see how beneficial this play area would be. 

Once the fence was up, Sam worked with some of our other volunteers to paint a mural in the area. Our mural was inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar story. This made the area look very child friendly and is now a bright and colourful place to play. Our plan was to add to the mural as soon as we had the chance.

On Woman’s Day we had all of our volunteers at Ikhayalethemba for the day.  This was a great opportunity to complete the mural. Our volunteers who were part of all GVI’s Gordon’s Bay projects made a great team for the task. Of course, the finishing touches were added by the children, with their hand prints adding a great signature to the art work! Most importantly, as a result of this project, we have an area for a child who now has the freedom to explore and play safely.

Every single volunteer makes an important and significant contribution to the success of our projects, no matter how long they are with us. In small teams or in large groups, a lot can be achieved!


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Project Leader

Sophie Birkett

GVI Charitable Trust Manager
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

Where is this project located?

Map of Disadvantaged & Special Needs children, Cape Town