Disadvantaged & Special Needs children, Cape Town

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Our beloved Mama!
Our beloved Mama!

Dear Supporters, 

Today I would like to tell you about how we have been using your generous donations over the last few months to support the Ikhayalethemba Sanctuary. 

Garden

In our last report, we told you about the Maple Grove group that visited us. One of the projects that they started was the vegetable garden. The vegetable garden will be used to grow food for the children living at the Sanctuary and any surplus will be sold to the local community.

We have used your donations to put some finishing touches on the project. We have bought nets to protect the garden from all unwanted pests, rainwater tanks for water storage and an irrigation system that will be connected to the tanks. This will reduce water bills, provide an alternative water supply and help us maintain a healthy garden through the ongoing drought. 

Salary Support

In recent years, Ikhayalethemba has not been receiving as much regular support from local donors. Mama does what she can to provide for the sanctuary and we support her in setting up and maintaining various income generating projects. Mama runs a second-hand shop, rents out unused buildings and will soon be able to sell produce from the garden. But some months are tougher than others. We have managed to provide financial assistance to her for 3 months. She will use this money to pay the salaries of the carers and house mothers that work, day and night, to provide care and support to the children who live there. 

This will help relieve the pressure facing Mama as she continues to build her own income generating initiatives at the Sanctuary. 

Bathroom Improvements

Lastly, we have just got quotes to get the bathroom in House 6, where the special needs children live, upgraded and fixed. We are so pleased about this and can't wait to see what a difference this will make to the children, as well as to for the carers who look after them. 

Thank you for your generous support that makes it possible for us to continue supporting and upgrading the Ikhayalethemba Sanctuary. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Cape Town

Hard at work preparing the garden
Hard at work preparing the garden
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We've even made a greenhouse from plastic bottles!

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Arts and Drama
Arts and Drama

Dear Supporters, 

This month Cape Town welcomed students and teachers from Maple Grove Senior High from the US. They came out for a week to work at Ikhayalethemba Sanctuary and the local primary school, ACJ. What they managed to contribute and achieve in a week was incredible and has made a huge difference to the children!

At ACJ, we ran a Holiday Arts Camp for Grade 6 and 7 students from the school. Arts and Culture education is part of the Western Cape curriculum. The area of arts is lacking in some schools in South Africa, mainly because teachers do not have the training, tools, time and resources are limited. So it is wonderful when we are able to run extra workshops like this! The workshops that we hosted included visual arts, drama, music and dance. Many children already have a natural ability in this area and this was a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents.  It was wondeful to see the students really get involved and give it their all, which highlights to us again how important and valuable it is to be able to offer opportunities such as this. 

 At Ikhayalethemba Sanctuary, we focused on gardening and farming! The group worked to make improvements to the current vegetable garden and chicken coop area, where they got stuck in cultivating the garden. The vegetables will supply the children who live at the sanctuary, but also be sold to the community as an income generating project for our partners at Ikhayalethemba. The children were excited to watch the garden take shape and we will continue lessons as part of our childcare program about how things grow and how to look after their garden.  A local gardener and night security have been employed as part of this project.

We are also thrilled to announce that the group, as well as contributing their time, also made a generous donation! This money will be used for art supplies at ACJ and for a rainwater tank, trees and general garden maintenance at Ikhayalethemba.

Thank you!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Cape Town

Gardening
Gardening
The greenhouse
The greenhouse
The Maple Grove group
The Maple Grove group

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Tata Lumka playing Santa!
Tata Lumka playing Santa!

Dear Supporter, 

It was a busy month at Ikhayalethemba in the lead up to Christmas.  

The children and volunteers were involved with Christmas cultural and arts & crafts activities, making Christmas cards and decorations. There was also lots of practice and preparation for the nativity play which would be performed on Christmas Day. Every child had a part in the nativity and the children designed their costumes themselves during lesson time.

It was a privilege to be invited by Mama to Ikhayalethemba on Christmas Day to join the children and her family with the celebrations. The children were delighted to see Tata dressed as Father Christmas! Each child was given a gift from Father Christmas, which was supported by generous from you, our donors. Tata took his role as Santa very seriously and it was a precious memory made for him and the children.

We took photos for the children so that they can fill up their memory boxes. Memory boxes for each child are a requirement of registration as an orphanage here in South Africa. The nativity play was a great success, performed to Mama and Tata Lumka.  The presents and play were followed by a delicious Christmas feast- a traditional South African braai (BBQ) with Mama and her family. We ended off the day with a trip to the beach.

It was a fun day for all with games in the sand and picnics and presents and lots of playing. Thank you for making it possible!

With Gratitude, 

GVI South Africa

We ended a wonderful day at the beach!
We ended a wonderful day at the beach!

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Practicing our fine motor skills
Practicing our fine motor skills

Dear Supporter,

This month we have assessed the progress and development of the children at Nceduluntu Nursery in Cape Town.

Our goal is that at least 80% of the children will be achieving at their age appropriate level on concepts such as recognizing numbers, shapes and colours. We support the children to reach these developmental goals by providing fun, interactive learning experiences in partnership with the local teachers.

We are so pleased to announce that our recent assessments show that we have hit this target!

Our role is to work with the local staff to help children reach their developmental norms in all areas of development.  We have set some learning focusses around numbers and counting, recognizing and hearing alphabet sounds and responding to stories. We have provided a range of tasks and assessed the children based on these tasks.

Each morning the children have circle time, where we sing action songs.  Whilst this is great fun, the deeper learning aspect is that children are experiencing rhyming, social skills, movement skills and lots of English vocabulary.

After snack time, we have lessons with small groups of children.  The children start with a story and then go through the alphabet sounds.  Having picture cues around the room, as well as actions for each alphabet letter, helps the children to process and remember the sounds.  The children then listen to a story and engage in a fine motor activity to reinforce the current theme topic.

One recent example is that the children used cut-out shapes to make a face.  This gave children experience in cutting, matching, counting, recognizing shapes as well as recognizing facial features.

There are other parts of the day that also contribute to the children’s development.  Snack and lunch time are examples where we can support the children to complete the handwashing routine, look after their belongings, eat independently and tidy up after themselves.  These day to day living skills are an important part of their development.

The Results

  • 91% were at or above standard with counting and numbers.
  • 82% could name and identify at least 3 more shapes than they could earlier in the year.
  • 100% of the children could identify and name between 4 to 10 new animal names.

Whilst we can measure these things, some of the big advances have been children’s ability to follow routines, learn a range of new songs and participate in class time. 

These skills for learning cannot be underestimated.

Thank you for your support!

GVI Cape Town

Making faces!
Making faces!

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The Mad Makeover team
The Mad Makeover team

Dear Supporter, 

Recently we undertook the first ever Mad Makeover! As the name suggests we made over House 6, which was being used as a storage room, into a brand new home for some of our students. And we did it all in just 48hours. 

The project at Ikhayalethemba Village Orphanage is to provide support and care for the special needs children who live here. The environment needs to be safe, secure and comfortable for the children. 

Armed with paint, fabric, wood, hammers, nails and a lot of energy the 22 volunteers in Cape Town converted the store room into a new home. Great care was taken to ensure that the house meets all of the requirements for the children and their carers. During the course of the 48 hours, we also took great care to ensure that the children's schedule was as undisruptive as possible. 

The challenge was most certainly on, but the team was ready! 

Have a look at the photos to see the difference that we have made to this once dreary, utilised room. It is now a warm, cozy, safe and secure environment. We are still in need of funds to install a solar powered hot water geyser and to seal the roof to a higher standard. Then the children will never have to worry about a draft or a cold bath. 

Thank you so much for your support. Projects like this would never be possible if it weren't for your generous donations. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Cape Town

 

The new beds
The new beds
Everyone wants to lend a hand!
Everyone wants to lend a hand!

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.gvi.org
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

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