Disadvantaged & Special Needs children, Cape Town

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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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Hard at work learning the alphabet.
Hard at work learning the alphabet.

Dear Supporter,

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.

Celebrating Youth Day
Celebrating Youth Day
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way!
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way!

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Building the custom fly screens
Building the custom fly screens

Dear Supporter,

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

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Dear Supporter,

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

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Organization Information

Global Vision International Charitable Trust

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