Feed & Teach 34 children age 0-4 in S/Afr village

by The Ibhabhathane Community Centre
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Sewing lessons for little hands!
Sewing lessons for little hands!

Dear Friend of the Ibhabhathane,

Wow, we are super excited! Obtaining government training for our Early Childhood Development workers has been a huge stumbling block. We therefore started investigating in alternative training possibilities as training is essential to ensure that our children get the best quality care during this critical window period of human development. Especially in the poorest of areas where education is so neglected and the evils of poverty persists to prevail in its on-going-backwards journey.

After some research and implementing some of the Montessori ideas it was just astounding to see how  our children’s concentration improved, fine motor co-ordination developed while learning practical life skills and how positively the little ones respond to the well-organised and self-regulating activities.

Training though, is very expensive and we will call upon all possible support we can, to assist us in attaining our goal. We do realise that current economic times are tough and how carefully resources must be allocated to be effective. We have constructed a list, in order to assist you to contribute to our project, should you wish to do so, by means that will be affordable and doable for you.

Montessori Training, cost per child                      : $150

Montessori Educational Construction Material     : $50

Montessori Sensory and Real Life Material          : $20

Montessori Literacy Material:                                : $20

Seeds for flower, herb and veggie garden             : $10

Your assistance and support will make an enormous difference to a little child's life. Help us to make a difference that will have a positive impact for a life time! We look forward to your positive reply and thank you for the time you took to consider our project.

Warmest greetings

Yolande

Art supplies and food to commence Term 3! Enkosi!
Art supplies and food to commence Term 3! Enkosi!

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Older children very happy with the new arrangement
Older children very happy with the new arrangement

Dear Global Giving donors,

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have two classrooms now! It has been such a challenge working with 31 small children, from age 15 months to 5 years old, in one confined room, wanting to do movement, art, music and all the other magic stuff!

Now each group has their own generous space to move and play about as well as a resting and eating space. Our children are relishing the new space and our staff are so much happier!

We are immensely thankful for this opportunity and have done our best to equip each classroom with sufficient furniture.

We do however still very much need small chairs, books suited for toddlers and art materials.

Global Giving donors have been wonderful in their support of the Ibhabhathane and we sincerely thank all for all you have given. Should you feel you would like to offer further support and contribute in any small or big way, please know that the impact you will make will be positive indeed.

As little as $10 will buy two chairs, $15 can buy 5kg bag of tempera powder paint and $20 a gorgeous picture book for toddlers. Your support will go a far way indeed! 

 

 

Our sincere thanks

Yolande

Proud toddlers taking their pretty handiwork home
Proud toddlers taking their pretty handiwork home
Such a pleasure working with so much cuteness
Such a pleasure working with so much cuteness
Up-cycled milk cartons. Children loved making it!
Up-cycled milk cartons. Children loved making it!
Elam enjoying the tranguil space of his new class
Elam enjoying the tranguil space of his new class

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Enkosi - We say thank you!
Enkosi - We say thank you!

A climbing and clambering apparatus was installed on Tuesday, January 19th at the Ibhabhathane Community Centre.

Yet again, donations from Global Giving has realised the The Ibhabhathane’s vision to bring quality Early Years Education to poverty stricken rural villages in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

While going to a pre-school is the norm in so many countries across the globe, here in the Eastern Cape it is not. Millions of young children age 0-5 have very little or no exposure to stimulation, nourishment or nurturing which is so crucial during this window period of development. One out of every 5 children under the age of 5, dies because of malnutrition.

The Ibhabhathane’s vision to ensure that all children living in our rural area have access to Early Childhood stimulation, nurturing and nutritious meals is being realised more and more every day. Our community are sensing the change in children attending clinics, school and other community events. We are making a difference.  

We therefore thank each and every one of you who has taken the time to invest your resources in this project.

And we urge you not to stop, tell friends and family and keep doing the good work. One little child’s tuition, care and nutrition is less than $50 per month. Support this project and realise the change we would like to see.

With sincere appreciation

Yolande

Our kids took the barrel like fishes to water
Our kids took the barrel like fishes to water
Peeka-boo!
Peeka-boo!
Elders giving a blessing at the opening
Elders giving a blessing at the opening
New classroom in the making
New classroom in the making

The year has flown and we are standing with one foot in summer dreams and another in a new classroom that is beaming a fresh coat of paint. We are wonderfully excited, the long awaited moment has finally arrived! The New Year will bring more space to accommodate little children more effectively, a kitchen, a place for the youngest ones to have their midmorning naps without being bombarded by flying trains and falling towers of Lego. As well as more space to accommodate digital equipment that will be used by teachers and local school children.

Funding has allowed us to continue with a nutritious feeding scheme for our 30 children and the meal programme will continue throughout the 4 week summer holiday. We are thankful to our staff members who offered to manage this programme during their summer break.

A long awaited jungle gym will be installed on January 19th. Great excitement. We can’t wait!

The story and game bags that were reported on during our previous report has officially been handed over during our Grandparents Day held on November 5th.

Generous funding has allowed for a first time trip for our little ones and staff to Addo National Elephant Park. This was a first time for our children and staff to observe these wonderful creatures in a natural habitat. A super start to celebrating our Heritage Month.

The visit to the National Park was preceded with a tree planting ceremony during which families each planted a tree sapling to contribute to our green legacy.

The continual growth of this project is thanks to likeminded people such as yourself who takes the time and valuable resources to share in places where the seeds of hope and sustainability can come to sprout and bring about the change we all are dreaming of …… a better life for all.

We wish you a festive season brimming with all you love and treasure.

Our most sincere appreciation and warmest greetings

A little help from friends can go a long way...
A little help from friends can go a long way...
Book and game bags handover and beautiful aprons
Book and game bags handover and beautiful aprons
Visiting Addo National Elephant Park
Visiting Addo National Elephant Park
Tree planting day!
Tree planting day!
Learning all about trees
Learning all about trees

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Everyday a reading time!
Everyday a reading time!

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.

Little ones needing to have a closer look...
Little ones needing to have a closer look...
Riebeeck East Centre hard at work sewing bags
Riebeeck East Centre hard at work sewing bags
Very happy to have learn new sewing skills
Very happy to have learn new sewing skills

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The Ibhabhathane Community Centre

Location: Riebeeck East, Eastern Cape Region - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​www.riebeeckeast.co.za/​projects.html
Project Leader:
Yolande Delport
Riebeeck East, Eastern Cape South Africa
$11,766 raised of $34,000 goal
 
 
137 donations
$22,234 to go
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