Living in a small rural town far removed from city centres, libraries and internet, any stimulation especially in the form of music, books, magazines and films are devoured with ferocious appetite. Riebeeck East is home to about 250 boys and girls who all welcome opportunities to learn, express and explore, with open arms.
This term has seen the Ibhabhathane Early Years Facility collaborate with the Riebeeck East Service Centre, an organisation that looks after the needs of the elderly in our community. The aim of the collaboration was to make game and book bags for our little ones.
Once a week each of our children will take their story bag home. In it will be a game and a story book. Although our littlelies can’t read, their older siblings, friends or family members will be encouraged to do so. And to play games and build puzzles that are wonderful pre-reading skills. Every Tuesday the bags will come back to school and go back home with a new toy, game and book. Not only does such a project make resources more available but creates skills opportunities such as sewing classes for our elderly and information sharing regarding Early Years Education.
The Ibhabhathane is very fortunate to have build-up quite a selection of games, books and puzzles which enables us to continue with the above project. And for that we can thank you, our wonderful donors who give so generously.
We thank you for that and for creating windows of opportunities that otherwise would have been very difficult to find.
Thank you for your caring and your giving. May you always find the compassion to continue with your good work.
Winter's icy presence is upon our rural village and The Ibhabhathane Community Centre prepares 60 - 70 meals per day to provide warm, nutrious meals for hungry little tummies.
Nutrition and Early Years Education walks hand in hand as children whose immune systems are compromised due to malnutrition, often find it difficult to participate fully in what the Early Years Education Programme has to offer.
Our little children enjoy a warm cereal breakfast and fruit every morning and a cooked lunch consisting of protein, vegetables and grains every day.
Every Friday sees our tiny cooks, either chopping vegetables for soup or mixing dough to bake cakes or crumpets.
We are kindly asking our donors to donate $20 as this is the cost of feeding one little child per month.
Globalgiving has a made a wonderful offer that will take place on July 15th. They will match each donation received on the day with 40%!!!! This is a wonderful opportunity to donate and making sure that young children are enjoying warm meals during this frosty season.
We thank you for your generous giving.
Patricia is 21 years old. A young, single woman who has a little 3 year old son, Thobelani.
Patricia and Thobelani moved to our village during January this year.
The reason for them moving to Riebeeck East is Patircia's determination to complete her schooling which was not completed due to her being pregnant with Thobelani.
To attend school everyday she would need someone to look after Thobelani. As she has no family members to take care of her little son, she would have to employ someone to do so, a service she could not afford. She earns $30 per month.
Someone told her about the Ibhabhathane Community Centre and she came to see us. A tiny person whose big smile occupies the space she is in.
She attends school now everday. She drops her little son on her way to school, and he happily munches his breakfast, and chats non-stop with adults and his peers at the centre.
Patricia just received Thobelani's termly report, observing all the activities he engages in and the skills he is learning. She is delighted. Not only is her little son cared for and fed but receiving the stimulation that is so crucial during this window period of human development.
The role a quality Early Years Centre can play in a community is invalueable. There are many young woman like Patricia today, who in the face of poverty and dire circumstances are determine to improve their lives.
She is such an inspiration to me. And i want to take this moment to thank you, without your giving, supporting Patricia would not be possible.
We thank you for your gracious support of the Ibhabhathane Community Project. Does not matter how big or small your giving, you are making a difference.
THANK YOU! :)
DEAR FRIENDS OF THE IBHABHATHANE
Our year has started off just wonderfully. A very generous donation from GlobalGiving, just as school started, made it possible to buy some exciting educational toys for our little children as well as purchasing supplies for our cooking programme. We thank all our donors on GlobalGiving for giving so generously, and helping us to a smoother start for 2015!
On Friday, January 23rd, we had a very special visit. Representatives from the National Development Agency came to visit the Ibhabhathane. The objective was to evaluate our centre as we have entered the Award for best Early Years Facility……and we are delighted to say that so far, we are one of the top ten ECD centres in our Province!!! We are awaiting further outcome…..and will keep our donors posted. For a small rural village and staff that have had no formal training…..this is an amazing achievement. We are so proud. And we could not have done it without the assistance and support we have received so generously.
I thank you sincerely for making such a difference.
“ I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” – Helen Keller
May your 2015 be blessed and happy
Dearest Friends of the Ibhabhathane,
We have made it! Another school year has passed and we are ready to bid 2014 farewell and open our arms to what 2015 has in store for us. For many of you, I’m sure the last semester has offered some challenges, The Ibhabhathane certainly had a huge offering, we have however with one step at a time made sure we walk our walk, and that is to make sure our 38 children have a safe and secure school, nutritious meals to support growing bodies and a stimulating programme to feed those hungry little minds.
Celebrate – First we celebrated summer, this season of unstoppable growth, then it was Diwali, pink and yellow crinkle paper flowers, glittery shiny lamps and meeting Rama and Sita. From here we proceeded to pumpkins, bats and scary faces which preceded getting ready for our annual concert. The big night was 27 November and what seemed to me total chaos, was adored and cheered on by adoring parents, friends and siblings. The stars of the show were beaming and our youngest refused to leave the stage and continued singing throughout the graduation ceremony for those 15 little ones who will be attending Gr R next year. It is always sad seeing our children leave the Ibhabhathane nest but we wish them a great new school year and have all the confidence that it will be a very successful experience.
Support – November 28th brought us Group 5 – An endless stream of boys and girls from St Andrews and DSG on their 4th last day of a 21 day bush hike. They were incredible. I have not seen teenagers interact so beautifully with little children in a very long time. And despite being exhausted, they cheerfully painted yellow walls, created a herb garden and build a much needed shaded area but most of all the love they showered upon our children will be part of our memories for ever. Our most sincere thanks to each boy and girl, and all the staff members who made this wonderful day possible.
Of course the greatest excitement – Father Xmas, he came in a bakkie with gifts billowing from his bags. No bright star could match the beaming smiles and twinkling eyes. Little arms were proudly wrapped around gifts. Thank you Susan Powers and the Grahamstown Parent Network group, for bringing so much joy.
I would like to take a moment to thank each one of our donors, families and friends for all your support throughout the year. You listened, you painted, fixed broken bits and shared your resources.
Without you, there is no doubt, we would never be where we are today.
May your festive season be blessed, joyous and keep you safe where ever you are.
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