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.
GVI Cape Town
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
GVI Charitable Trust
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!
All the best
GVI Cape Town
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