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August 2016: Imbali Western Cape received a bronze award

Dear Steffi

The Department of Social Development launched its Youth Development Strategy in 2014, aiming to create better services, opportunities and support for young people. The strategy includes four broad thematic areas: youth transitions and change, youth life chances and opportunity pathways, youth leadership development and youth who live in rural and farm areas.

The awards process was guided by Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre using these themes to identify and select individuals and initiatives that are pioneering innovative solutions to address the challenges in their communities. Imbali received the BRONZE award for the work we do with the youth in Kylemore such as the establishment of a library, craft studio, and organic gardens at the Kylemore High School as well as a fortified muffin bakery that nourishes about 600 children on a daily basis.

Imbali Award 2016

Sharing in the elation of winning the award are directors and members of Imbali Western Cape: (back row from left) Theo van der Merwe, Bev le Sueur (treasurer), Lynne Edwards, Elsabe Retief and Therese Engelage; (middle row) Ana-Paola Little, Antoinette Parks, Eva Williams, Alexis Hanslo, Jeanette Fritz and Tertia Jefthas; (front row) Jeanne Bestbier Bloch (vice chairperson) and Yvonne Wilson (chairperson). Thanks to Nicholas Wilson for the photo and Elsabe Retief for the info.

A flagship development is Imbali’s Visual Literacy Project that was founded in 2001 and has about 120 children annually active on the art educational programme. Moreover Imbali has given financial assistance to about 40 students in tertiary education at Universities and Colleges. Together with Thomas and Steffi Curry and their Lebenslinien-ev.de we found sponsorship for +- 25 matriculated students to attend the City & Guild Front of House training at the Institute of Culinary Art. These young people are today fully employed in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Industry.

Furthermore Imbali regularly skill trains jobless young people in sewing, patchwork and quilt making crafts. Our crafters create craft items of exceptional quality - these items finding their way into the local as well as international tourist markets. We have recently supported the Kylemore Rugby Club’s under-20 team with a small sponsorship we received from the Bellinchamp National Heritage Foundation Trust.

The Bronze Award comprises a certificate and cash to the amount of R5,000 which will go towards supporting a chess club to be launched in the Kylemore High School’s library, a library built by Imbali and donated to the school in 2013.

Bless you for caring
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator

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Wishing all at Lebenslinien e.V.

a Blessed and Happy 2016

Dear Thomas and dear Steffi

2015 has been a challenging year and without your generous support many of our beneficiaries would not have enjoyed the nutrition, warmth and safe-care that was afforded them!  We were fortunate and, looking back over the year, we managed to not only totally restore the Frank’s Heaven Crèche plus add a new veranda with the help of Fred and Carmen Verschraegen, but also buy new cots and bed-linen for this project.  Funding was sought and found from the Mirja Sachs Foundation for a much needed training course for the staff and today +- 100 infants and toddlers are being cared for by Veronica Williams and her team of care-givers in safe and hygienic environs! 

Our ‘Magic Muffin” project, via Lebenslinien e.V., continues to sustain the well-being of 500  malnourished children providing them with a free fortified muffin daily together with a cup of soup. The Organic Vegetable Gardens at both the High School and Primary School provide veggies for the soup pots as well as a hands-on opportunity for children to learn food sustainability!

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Dear Steffi,

Heritage Day was celebrated nationwide on the 24th September and Stellenbosch was probably the only town in the country where all the neighboring communities came together to celebrate the day! A HUGE effort by a dedicated 2015 e’Bosch Heritage Committee created a unique opportunity for the town to experience its history and to celebrate. Boundaries were moved as Stellenbosch participated in rejoicing its heritage – every small village challenged into telling its unique story.

Imbali took up the challenge and, putting its best foot forward, gathered our friends to work together with us to make the challenge possible.
Left: Elnay Sampson, Requel Oliver, Madelaine Muller and Elzaan Magadla painted a tray of colourful fondants for muffin tops! Right: Young chefs from the Institute of Culinary Arts at work fixing fondants to muffins
A HUGE thank you for the relentless support received from Alexis, Jeanette, Leonie and Theo of The Children’s Art Centre, Zonnebloem, for the time, energy and persistent effort they put into our Imbali Visual Literacy Project. Not only did they produce, curate and hang a superb Child Art Exhibition that launched on the 5th September in the Fredagh & Bernard Podlashuk Art Centre - they also worked with our little VLP children to paint 1,000 fondant discs meticulously baked by our friend, Dilys Marais. These were fastidiously placed on the tops of 1,000 muffins by six young chefs from Letitia Prinsloo’s Institute of Culinary Arts, embellishing the venture with their professionalism and attention to detail. They donated their time to sell muffins to support the Animal Welfare Society of Stellenbosch and assisted children who were given the opportunity to paint their own fondant and decorate their own muffin on the day. Undoubtedly this initiative was one of the highlights in the Ou Landbousaal in Stellenbosch where Imbali also exhibited some of our best framed child art pieces and also opened a Pop-Up Craft shop. We understand from the organisers that a big impact on the broader Stellenbosch community was achieved.
Left: Cassidy Cupido painted her own fondant to decorate her magic muffin.
A massive School Choir Festival with 750 voices was staged in the Kruiskerk in Stellenbosch in which both the Kylemore High School as well as the P.C Petersen School choirs participated - our presence once more highlighted by Imbali’s donation of a thousand muffins to feed the children that participated in the choir festival. For the first time ever our delicious Magic Muffin was relished by children from ALL the schools in Stellenbosch – an accomplishment we have never touched before. We are hoping that this resourcefulness addresses the right marketing inroads into some of these schools.
Winners in the flower arranging competition - all fantastic and difficult to choose!
Marjolijn Malan, who won the “Best use of Fynbos Award” for her flower arrangement in the National Flower Arrangement Exhibition during the 2015 Cape Floral Kingdom Expo held in Bredasdorp from the 27th-30th August 2015, found time in her very busy diary to give a flower arranging workshop to ladies in the Kylemore community. Marjolijn, a world-renowned flower artist, demonstrator and winner of numerous international as well as national medals and awards, has done flower demonstrations and workshops in Scotland, France, Japan, Pakistan, Ireland, Canada, Uruguay, England, Singapore, Namibia and Australia. How blessed we were to have her and her daughter-in-law, Sandra, put this workshop together for Kylemore. Everyone that participated now wants to know whether this could be an annual event! Thank you to OZ FLORA for the their superb donation of stunning fynbos for the flower demonstration.

These activities coupled with a drum majorette parade, rugby and netball matches on the sports fields in Kylemore has put the village into the Heritage Day spotlight making this ‘klein dorpie’ more than just one small dot on the landscape.
By Imbali participating in the 2015 e'Bosch Heritage Festival, we created the opportunity to address history and to decide what we should carry forward to enhance the future. One of the greatest prospects being the opening of new doors and getting to build friendships with like-minded people. Our grateful thanks to everybody that worked hard to make September one of the most memorable months ever! I think most people will agree that our creative presence was very visible throughout the month of September in Kylemore as well as in Stellenbosch.

Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
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Dear Stefanie,

"If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius." - Joseph Addison

These were also the words of Esmari Vosloo, Master of Ceremony at the Graduation of a very privileged group of young South Africans students that successfully completed the International City & Guilds Service Course at the Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) in Kylemore.

She went on to say that the ICA had been asked by Thomas and Steffi Curry of Lebenslinien e.V. to nominate the 2013 Top Achiever which is never an easy task: "The consideration criteria for this significant award requires different talents in the Front of House service area and students are often pushed into challenging and unfamiliar situations. However, they need to be able to work through this difficulty. The competence and calm that a student needs to display whilst still in training, and in order to be recognised as a top performer, does not always come naturally to someone completely exposed to paying customers. Our industry best describes this type person as dependable, a survivor, a leader, self-starter and asset to the team. Academic as well as practical performances were taken into account and the KEY ELEMENT in the ICA and sponsors decision making process was ATTITUDE!"

The 2013 Top Achiever is BRONWIN ZIMBA who showed commitment from day one and gave more than what was required at any time. This award will widen his horizon and give him the wings to fly into a great future in the Hospitality Industry.

Bronwin Zimba, Top Achiever of the Kylemore Front of House Service CourseCelebrating the graduation of the Kylemore Front of House Service Awards at the Institute of Culinary Arts

The diploma programme teaches the basic craft skills of Food & Beverage operations as well as the Management Skills necessary in this dynamic and growing industry. There is equal emphasis on both academic and practical aspects. On completion of the course, students may decide to gain further experience in top kitchens or are able to succeed in a junior management position at home or abroad. This qualification is internationally recognized and is strongly favoured by the local and international hospitality industry.
 
The Top Achiever's Special Award includes:
  • A one month work opportunity in the restaurant of Alfons Schuhbeck, the most famous chef and owner of the best known restaurant in Germany. Mr Schuhbeck is a celebrated chef with regular TV appearances and radio programs in Germany.
  • It also includes airline return flights from Cape Town to Munich sponsored by Mr Dirk Brand of the Bavarian Government.
  • As well as accommodation for a month with Thomas and Steffi Curry, at their home outside Munich.
Imbali Western Cape would like to thank our partners, Thomas and Steffi Curry and their organization Lebenslinien e.V., and the Bavarian Government for enabling these matriculated students to enrol for this exceptionally prestigious course ! We would also like to thank our dear friends, Letitia Prinsloo, Merizle Metrovich and Esmari Vosloo of the ICA, for all they have done to graduate these students - some of whom achieved distinction – and some of whom who have already managed to secure jobs in the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry!

Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
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Dear Stefanie,

"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivablequot; - Joseph Addison

So much has been achieved in the community of Kylemore by Imbali in 2013. All of which would not have been possible without the financial support of our sponsors and donors, the hands-on help and the relentless commitment of our friends, colleagues, volunteers and hardworking Board members. So, once again, we are saying just a VERY BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who went the extra mile to make the end-of-year party special for the children in our Frank’s Heaven Crèche, Mirja Sach’s Infant Care Centre, the Visual Literacy Project, and in our Organic Vegetable Garden Clubs!

Enjoying the slippery water slideLoving the Princess Castle!

A Princess Castle and slippery water slide were the highlights of our tiny tots and toddlers on the 29th November! Munching platters filled with delicious cakes, cookies and biscuits, our tiny folk had a thoroughly marvellous time and all enjoyed the castle and water slide, splashing each other and everyone in reach. Piles of gifts were brought by Dorise Hettlich and each and every child received a cuddly toy to accompany them home that day. We were additionally blessed to have Fred and Carmen Verschraegen and Anni Moencks visit their sponsored children and spend the morning with us, their little ones were overjoyed to be hugged and made a big fuss of.

Saturday 7th December was a great occasion and enjoyed by all - for some the first time in a cinema and for others, a huge treat to indulge in all the scrumptious goodies so generously provided by Jeff’s Place! To get everybody into a celebratory mood, muffins and juices were served on Grenville’s Angra Tours busses, and little tummies were filled on their way to Werner’s cinema at the Neelsie. Here Leonie, Theo and Ursula were waiting with paper and pencils to help our little artists create a special little box or hat while waiting for others to arrive. The time went quickly and soon everyone was queuing for popcorn and soda, and heading into the little theatre to watch Ice Age.

Jeff's Place at the Neelsie in Stellenbosch

Set during the Ice Age, a sabre-toothed tiger, a sloth, and a woolly mammoth found a lost human infant, and they tried to return him to his tribe. The audience, old and young, were totally entranced and the movie was experienced with great joy! Leonie, Theo and Ursula handed out VLP Certificates together with a generous gift of paints and coloured pencils to each child who then rushed off to Jeff’s Place for a delicious hamburger, chips and an icecream before heading back to Kylemore. More treats, sweets and fruit drinks were awaiting the children on the busses and big smiles all round ended a perfect day.

The support received for the end-of-year party is hugely appreciated. It made possible the opportunity to bring memorable occasions to children who would certainly not easily meet such opportunities in their everyday lives.

"The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious." - Martin Luther

Thank you for your generous support and Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
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Imbali ist eine Schwesterorganisation der "Woman for Peace", die 1988 in Johannesburg gegründet wurde, um Kindern in ländlichen Gegenden und vor allem ehemalig unterprivilegierten Kindern eine künstlerische Ausbildung zukommen zu lassen. Mittlerweile hat Imbali unterschiedlichste Programme entwickelt, die Kinder und Erwachsene unterstützen und ihnen einen besseren Lebensstandard ermöglichen. Imibala Western Cape wurde im Jahr 2001 gegründet, um speziell die Kinder von Kylemore in Kunst zu unterrichten. Sehr schnell hat man allerdings realisiert, das die Kinder oft fehl-oder sogar unterernährt waren. Inzwischen stiften umliegenden Farmen Gemüse um die Kinder mit einer nahrhaften Suppe zu unterstützen.

Imbali Western Cape möchte den Kindern ihren Alltag erleichtern und sie darin unterstützen irgendwann ein unabhängiges und selbstbestimmtes Leben zu führen.

Die Ziele sind:

  • eine Kindheit die diesen Namen verdient
  • Unterstützung in mancherlei Hinsicht überforderter Eltern
  • Ausbildung zu fördern
  • vernünftige Ernährung sicherzustellen
  • Jobs zu generieren für sichere Einkünfte

Projekte die wir zusammen bereits realisiert haben

Kylemore Magic Muffin Bäckerei
Imbali hat in der Kylemore High School eine Bäckerei aufgebaut, in der täglich ca. 3000 Muffins gebacken werden. Es sind spezielle Karotinmuffins, die sämtliche Vitamine, Mineralstoffe und Spurenelemente enthalten, die zur gesunden Entwicklung beitragen. ca.750 Muffins werden täglich umsonst an bedürftige Knder in Kylemore und Sir Lowrys Pass verteilt.

Frank‘s Heaven Kylemore Crèche
Ein properer Kindergarten, der mittlerweile ca. 90 Kinder beherbergt und durch seinen Leuchtturmcharakter vom Staat übernommen wurde und finanziert wird.

Mirja Sachs Infant Daycare Center
Ein Kinderhort, der bis zu 65 Kleinkinder am Tag betreut. Auch der wurde vom Staat übernommen.

Fredagh & Bernhard Podlashuk Art and Education Center
Ein Kunst und Ausbildungscenter, in dem Kunstklassen für 100 Grundschüler und 30 Highschoolkinder statt finden. Alle Kurse werden voll gesponsert.

Organic Food Garden
Ein sehr professionell angelegter Gemüsegarten, in dem sowohl Grundschulkinder, als auch Highschoolkinder in kleinen Gruppen gärtnern können und Gemüse mit nach Hause nehmen können. Auch wird Gemüse an die umliegenden Restaurants verkauft um damit wieder neue Pflanzen zu kaufen oder andere Kosten zu decken.

Imbali Live Craft and Art Center
Junge Arbeitslose, Behinderte und Erwachsene werden ausgebildet. Nähkurse, Patchwork und Perlenarbeiten werden dann verkauft um sich selbst und ihre Familien zu ernähren.

Kylemore High School Carpenty Center
Ein Projekt, das Schülern, die noch zur Schule gehen Grundkenntnisse des Schreinerhandwerks vermittelt und sie schon auf diese Bahn lenkt. Es werden auch Nachmittagskurse für junge Erwachsene angeboten um die Schreinerei bestmöglich zu nutzen.

Unsere Ansprechpartnerin vor Ort ist Jeanne Bloch, die mit vollem Herzen und reiner Seele hinter allen Projekten steht und Kylemore zu dem "aufgebaut" hat, was es heute ist.

Zusammen mit der ehemaligen Bürgermeisterin Eva Williams hat sie immer ein offenes Ohr und wache Augen, was in der Stadt vor sich geht und greift helfend ein.

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Dear 274897078

"We are living in a world where the trend is to publish bad news, rather than good news, on the front pages of newspapers. With huge levels of unemployment and poverty around us, one often wonders when this is ever going to end. But then the sun shines through the dark clouds once again when one encounters good luck stories such as this" said Pietman Retief addressing the audience at the ICA Graduation Ceremony in Kylemore.

The graduates with Thomas Curry (Lebenslinien), Letitia Prinsloo and Merizle Metrovich at the ICA Graduation Ceremony

The graduates with Thomas Curry (Lebenslinien), Letitia Prinsloo and Merizle Metrovich at the ICA Graduation Ceremony

Imbali Western Cape via Thomas and Steffi Curry and their organization, Lebenslinien-eV, found sponsorship from the Bavarian Government for 10 matriculated students to enroll for the International City & Guilds Front of House Service Course at the Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) in Stellenbosch last year, and today these ten students have grabbed that opportunity and have worked hard and obtained very useful qualifications – some with distinction – and all have already managed to secure jobs in the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry!

This initiative is linked to qualifications required by 'City & Guilds', the United Kingdom's leading provider of occupational qualifications, offering over 500 qualifications across a wide range of industries, and progressing from entry level to highest levels of professional achievement. With over 8 500 centres in 100 countries, 'City & Guilds' is recognised by employers worldwide for providing qualifications that offer proof of the skills they need to get the job done.

The Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch is one of these accredited centres and they pride themselves in the highest standard of quality. They offer a multi-faceted programme used primarily as a tool to help deal with the country's skills shortage; assist businesses with skills development, whilst also providing youth with an opportunity for employment.

The diploma programme teaches the basic craft skills of Food & Beverage operations as well as the Management Skills necessary in this dynamic and growing industry. There is equal emphasis on both academic and practical aspects. On completion of the course, students may decide to gain further experience in top kitchens or are able to succeed in a junior management position at home or abroad. This qualification is internationally recognized and is strongly favoured by the local and international hospitality industry.

Letitia Prinsloo, Doray Petersen, Thomas Curry and Merizle Metrovich at ICA Graduation CeremonyDoray Petersen, winner of the International Prize, and Thomas Curry of Lebenslinien-eV at ICA Graduation Ceremony

Doray Petersen was the winner of the "Lebenslinien International Front of House Top Achiever Award".

Academic as well as practical performances were taken into consideration. However a key element in the ICA and the sponsors', Thomas & Steffi Curry’s NPO organization, Lebenslinien e-V, decision making process was: attitude.

This Top Achiever, Doray Petersen, showed commitment from day one and gave more than what was required at any time. The motivation behind this award is to widen the candidate’s horizon. And to give the graduate wings to fly into a great future in the Hospitality Industry.

This special award includes:

  • A one month work opportunity in the restaurant of Alfons Schuhbeck, the most famous chef and owner of the best known restaurant in Germany. Mr Schuhbeck is a celebrated chef with regular TV appearances and radio programs in Germany.
  • It also includes airline tickets from Cape Town – Munich and back to Cape Town, sponsored by the Bavarian Government.
  • As well as accommodation for a month with Thomas and Steffi Curry, at their home outside Munich.

"I therefore wish to once again say thank you to all who have made this project possible. This is ­ a shining example of partnerships - involving government, non-profit organizations and a training institute - stimulating local economic development and I would like to congratulate the students who have worked and overcome many difficulties to achieve success. Good luck to all of you" said Retief.

Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za

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Imbali Western Cape is privileged to report that, in an effort to equip learners and young student school leavers in the Dwarsriver Valley with skills and employment potential, the Carpentry Class Room at the Kylemore High School was officially inaugurated on the 18th April! The first twenty-two Grade 8 students have been enrolled and the facility will provide them with basic formal training in carpentry, reinforced with theoretical knowledge and practical on the job training.

Carpentry Class Room Launch - photo by Wendell Lawrence (Riviernuus)

Photo by Wendell Lawrence (Riviernuus)

At the opening function Graig Brown, Chairman of the School's Governing Body, told guests that the carpentry training facility was a dream that he never thought would be realised. He said that "Many people in this valley do not have access to tertiary education, some are academically challenged and there seems to be a stigma attached to pupils who are not are not engaged in higher education. The focus is on young people becoming doctors, lawyers, accountants and little attention is given to those that are skilled in doing practical work. Now we can offer pupils basic formal training in order to raise the quality of skills in the industry and increase the employment possibility of young people".

Carpentry Class Room Launch - photo by Wendell Lawrence (Riviernuus)

Photo by Wendell Lawrence (Riviernuus)

He went on to say that "The aim of the project is to establish a world class carpentry environment which, with the support of role players, can become a high level initiative. The facility aims to alleviate poverty, create opportunities, improve the standard of carpentry in the work place and instil hope and work ethic. This project is an inclusive initiative and we want it to benefit all disadvantaged communities in the area".

Imbali wishes to thank our sponsors for their relentless support and for their funding that made a dream come true for the people living in this little rural village - and who took the time and made the effort to share this auspicious occasion with us!

Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za

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Imbali Western Cape - Newsletter: June 2012

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Dear Jeanne

Imbali, with the support of the Africa Foundation USA as our primary sponsor, has developed the Kylemore Children's Organic Gardening Project at the Kylemore High School. Tended by the newly formed Kylemore Children's Gardening Club under the careful tutelage of Trees4Schools and Casper Geldenhuys of the Delaire Graff Estate, as well as educators Tertia Jefthas and Jeanette Fritz, Imbali has high hopes to create a sustainable scheme that not only grows organic vegetables to fill the schools soup pots but will also encourage children to grow their own vegetables at home to feed their families, and in time, we believe the project will becomes a source of income for the school.

Yummy magic muffins!Just love getting their hands into the soil!Kylemore Club kids with Gerry, Trevor, Jean and Hannes

The Gardening Club is made up of almost 70 enthusiastic gardening kids from both the Kylemore High and the P.C Petersen primary schools. The children were presented with T-shirts to wear with pride whilst working in their garden and also to wear when they are taken on gardening outings.

Some of the key objectives of this project are:

  • Teach the Gardening Club youngsters business and gardening skills.
  • To sustain support for the existing school feeding schemes by means of fresh supplies of organic vegetables.
  • To help combat disease and malnutrition within the local community.
  • To encourage healthy and safe food farming activities, which will exclude the usage of pesticides and thereby eliminating or minimizing the risks of exposure to dangerous chemicals and toxins.
  • To encourage active community participation and to develop and sustain food security initiatives.
Ready, steady - plant!Sponsors came to launch of organic gardening clubTertia and the High School gardening kids

Our Visual Literacy Project will get involved in producing some excellent artwork that will be auctioned off at the Trees4Schools Golf Day later this year.

Imbali wishes to thank Africa Foundation USA, Delaire Graff, Eco-Green Agricultural Distributers, Fang Security Infrastructure, Farm France, Lombard Solutions, Loxton Irrigation, Northern Electric, Soil & More, Sylco, Trees4Schools, TreesLife, and Trees-SA as well as Johan Pansegrauw and Keith Kirsten for their generous and continued support which has made this initiative the success it is.

Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za

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The gift of giving: October 2013

Imbali Western Cape
Dear Stefanie,

I know that you are already very much aware of constant and relentless effort we at Imbali are making to reach children in poor, malnourished, and deprived circumstances, children from vulnerable backgrounds, living in abject poverty - and the pride we take in channelling goodwill into making a real difference in an underprivileged child's life. I also know that you are familiar with our inspiration: A Covenant for Honouring Children - by Raffi. However, many of these vulnerable children also need recreational and educational upliftment opportunities to improve their quality of childhood and general chances for success in life.

Making Christmas CardsPenguin and flower art

It is with this in mind that Jeanette Fritz, Imbali member and Remedial Teacher at the P.C Primary School ensures that the most impoverished, abused and vulnerable children, who have little self-confidence, are the first to be included in the Imbali Visual Literacy Project. No child is stopped from attending the monthly workshops and it is remarkable that teachers in both the Primary as well as the Kylemore High School report that the children that attend the VLP program show a radical development in self-esteem and a constructive interest in learning.

We are indeed blessed to have Leonie and Theo of The Children’s Art Centre in Zonnebloem, Cape Town, dedicate one Saturday morning each month to provide a course of workshops that provide a structured and meaningful program that enhances the visual literacy education of the +- 100 children that have attended these workshops on a purely voluntary basis over the past 13 years.

Elephants and stick-houses

Just once a year we try to give these little ones, together with the children in our gardening clubs, the opportunity to spread their wings and experience something that very few of them have ever had the opportunity to do. This year it is a visit to a cinema to see Ice Age: the movie which is set in the ice age and in which a sabre-toothed tiger, a sloth, and a woolly mammoth embark upon an adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. We will endeavour to make it a very special day for +-120 children by treating them to popcorn, sodas, ice-cream as well as a delicious nutritious hamburger/chips and salad. And we are planning that each child will also receive a Christmas gift, probably the only one they will receive this year as their families truly can hardly put a meal on their tables.

Please help Imbali to reach the above target for the socially underprivileged children living in the little rural village of Kylemore. Christmas is the season of giving, so why not take the opportunity to participate in making a difference in the lives of those who need it most during this season of thanksgiving, by making a donation to this very meaningful initiative.

Imbali's banking details, if you should wish to make a financial donation, are:

Bank Name: ABSA Bank
Branch: Paarl (code: 632005)
Account Name: Sunny Sky Projects 135 t/a Imbali Western Cape
Account Number: 4064899158
Account Type: Cheque
Swift Code: ABSAZAJJ
NPO No: 050-933
Please use "Gift/Your name" as a reference for any deposits, and please don't hesitate to contact me if you require any additional information.

Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website:
http://www.imbaliwc.co.za
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Imbali Western Cape - Newsletter: May 2011

 

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Dear Stefanie

It is no secret that many high-school graduates in the Dwars River area do not have access to formal tertiary education, mostly due to financial constraints. Many leave school because they are not academically talented, and their lack of skills predisposes them to disillusion and unemployment in the job market.

However, the demand for skilled carpenters/joiners in the Western Cape is apparent to all business operators who make use of such artisans. While there appears to be a large number of people actually working in the trade, very few have any formal qualification with the result that the industry has become tolerant of substandard quality that influences both the end product and the earning potential of tradesmen in a negative way.

Given the above, Imbali undertook to secure the funding to establish a carpentry training centre at Kylemore High School to provide young school leavers with entry-level carpentry skills in the Dwars River area. By offering some basic formal training in the carpentry/joinery fields, and reinforcing theoretical knowledge with practical on-the-job experience, we believe it is possible to both raise quality levels in the industry, and provide skills transfer and employment potential for school leavers in this valley.

With the support our very generous sponsors we are proud to announce that this initiative has become a reality!

Learners in the newly-restored Kylemore High School Carpentry Centre

Together with and a number of role players, as well as the determination of the people involved, the carpentry centre will become a highly successful skills development initiative in the Dwars River Valley. It will be a source of pride to the community, a hub for entrepreneurial opportunity, and a generator of income to marginalized communities. It is intended to facilitate the transfer of skills from not only Hilton Ehrenreich, Kylemore High School's educator who himself is a superb carpenter - but also local industry professionals who have offered their expertise - in an environment designed to prepare candidates for the workplace and instill hope and a healthy work ethic in approximately 30 young school leavers each year.

Imbali further intends that management skills transfer and skills development will stand at the heart of the initiative and that local people, and especially the children of Kylemore, will be the primary beneficiaries of the project. As the project progresses and as public opinion is considered, more meaningful conclusions and recommendations will no doubt arise to guide further development.

We wish to thank our sponsors and our architect INGO D. MUELLER, ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTANTS in Somerset West. Their generous support, professionalism and hard work have made a dream come true for young school leavers in the Dwars River, and have further supported Imbali's vision of a vibrant, self-supporting Kylemore community - where human dignity, self-respect, personal contribution, and community esteem are the norm, and growing to encompass the surrounding communities.

Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za

 

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Imbali Western Cape - Newsletter: May 2011

 

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Dear Stefanie

Whether it is a quilt for every bed, a heirloom quilt for each new baby, a warm knee-quilt for granny or a quilt for each of your children, the crafters in the Imbali Craft Centre can begin sewing one right away! So whether you like jewel colours, heritage patterns, soft pastels or earthy tones all you need to do is ask us to put a palette together for you, and once you are satisfied with it, our crafters can make a quilt to suit your needs.

Bo-Peep's Sheep crib quiltAutumn leaves bed quiltAfri-Quilt

Babies, small and beautiful, are a force of nature. Their tiny hands take our breath away. Their petite noses and rosebud lips leave us in awe of the mystery that produces such perfect little creatures. Every encounter with a baby creates in us the drive to shelter the wee one and, of course, quilts provide warmth for babies! More than that, though, quiltingmaking allows us to make a piece of art that expresses our dreams for our tiny tots.

The craft of 'African' quilting is a beautifuly textured and vibrant art form that bears testimony to the rich and complex nature of the African continent. Africa has a great influence on the creative work of the Imbali crafters as artists and quilters. If asked to design an 'African Quilt' we make use of African fabrics, African designs, and Africa's facination textile heritage. The use of Schwe-schwe, a 100% cotton fabric printed exclusively in South Africa, has found it's way into our quilt making. Whether it is a delicate white pattern on a rich indigo background, the already famous 'Manchester Blue', or the original traditional red, chocolate brown and gold trademarked patterns - not to mention the ochres, rusts, burgundies, blacks and whites - this is what we at Imbali call the 'natural' African colour palette.

Imbali Western Cape established a craft centre in 2001 and has for the past 10 years provided skills training in sewing, beading, patchwork and quilting to jobless youths and adults. Today we are producing a large range of table linen and [mostly to order] wall hangings, quilts, and cushion covers of all sizes – not only for the local marketplace but also for the international market.

Africa 2011 quilt

It is with great pride that our crafters have sent "Africa 2011", a quilt made specifically for Lufthansa HelpAlliance, to Germany.

Lufthansa HelpAlliance, an aid initiative maintained by Lufthansa employees working for companies across the Lufthansa Group, currently supports 14 projects in Africa. Emphasis is placed on measures promoting education, health and nutrition. This includes the construction of four hospitals and support for hospitals in Nigeria and Kenya. Furthermore, the Help Alliance is committed to the comprehensive setup of 11 kindergartens, school and training centres in Kenya, South Africa and Benin. Our "Africa 2011" quilt will be exhibited by HelpAlliance before being raffled or auctioned as part of their fund raising campaign at the end of the year.

Please visit our website if you would like to see some of the fine quilts we have already produced and sold, or contact me direct if you are interested in ordering a very special quilt for yourself, a friend or a family member! Quilting provides us with the opportunity to create something of lasting beauty, but much more, it can carry a message of love and tenderness into the future or influence a young life.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za

 

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Imbali Western Cape - Newsletter: March 2011

 

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Dear Stefanie

Few things in life are more important than helping needy kids and I am sure that you are familiar with the Child's Prayer for Protection.

Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
To whom God's love commits me here;
Ever this day, be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide.

At Imbali we are truly blessed to have been able to find sponsors to take another 10 tiny tots off the Streets of Kylemore and into the safe, loving care of Aunty Rosie and her team of care-givers at Frank's Heaven Crèche and also the Mirja Sachs Infant Day Care Centre.

What's So Great About Sponsoring a Child?

We all love children and have been fortunate to connect with wonderful children. Many of them are extremely poor and suffering from disease, hunger, and abuse - so it isn't a big surprise that we at Imbali are passionate about helping children in need. Thankfully, there is a great way that almost anyone can change a child's life. It is easy to start, inexpensive and very effective. It is called child sponsorship. We've seen the success firsthand - children whose lives were changed and the parents whose fears turned to gratitude.

Here's why we believe that everyone who can sponsor a child should just 'do it'...

Child Sponsorship Helps Extremely Vulnerable Children

The children in Imbali's sponsorship programs live in Kylemore's poorest community and often come from the families who need help most within that community. They are extremely vulnerable to the effects of poverty, disease, hunger, human rights abuses, violence and environmental devastation. When the global economy is good, poor children usually benefit the least. When the global economy slows, poor children feel the impact most.

Sponsoring a Child is Personal

There's a reason it is called child sponsorship. You aren't just joining a cause or being charitable. You are choosing a specific child and making a commitment to help that child on an ongoing basis. You have an opportunity to build a relationship with your sponsored child. You can exchange letters and photos. You can pray for each other. You can even visit your child and his or her family. The relationship between a sponsor and child is beneficial to both parties. Both can receive encouragement, hope and even love.

Many sponsors involve their families in child sponsorship. Their children pray for and write to the child their family sponsors. Some sponsors choose to sponsor children who are about the same ages as or have the same birthdays as their own children. Imbali's child sponsorship project addresses the root causes of poverty, disease, hunger, environmental degradation and other pressing problems so children can develop and flourish. You can even visit your sponsored child and talk with his or her family and members of the community to learn how their lives are improving.

If you don't already sponsor a child, please start today.

Some people reading this may be willing to sponsor a child but not financially able. You can still help children by sponsoring a child through our Feed A Child A Muffin A Day campaign. Imbali aims to provide a fortified muffin each day to every under-privileged and under-nourished child in Kylemore. You can feed a child by donating just R50 (€5) per month via a debit order.

If you already sponsor a child – thank you! Please consider expanding your impact by encouraging friends and family to sponsor children. We have embarked upon a journey to accommodate our infants in a 'home away from home' and have launched our "Vuyo Sana" campaign, meaning "Happy Baby". We hereby invite you to encourage family or friends to support our sincere effort to provide some of our needy tiny tots with a dignified, happy and safe place where they can jump and play for just R10 (€1) per day (R2500 or €250 per annum).

Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za

 

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Imbali Western Cape - Newsletter: September 2010

 

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Dear Stefanie

What excitement! What happiness and what activity! Just BLISS!

The babies could not believe their little eyes when they arrived in the Mirja Sachs Infant Care Centre on Spring Day, September 1st. NONE had ever even seen such a toy treasury but it did not take long for them to toddle, walk or crawl to a corner that most appealed to them. This will be part of their daily interaction with the other kiddies bringing peace, normalization and contentment within the child him/herself. These activities will help each child to realize his or her many individual potentialities which will give the child a strong basis in their most formative and important years for developing into a responsible, happy and fulfilled person.

Boxes of toys and TV corner for DVD'sInfants have dedicated 'Play Dough' and 'Blocks' corners

One of the goals of the play-program is to help the child reach a level of inner discipline. Discipline is achieved by directing the child towards a meaningful or engaging activity. When the child is engaged with or concentrating on a task of their choice, they are in essence showing disciplined behavior. Discipline is not a matter of the adult controlling the child, but rather of the child directing their own energy into productive, practical tasks. When the child is busy with a satisfying task, they do not engage in antisocial behavior.

The new ball-pool in the infant care centreInfants meet the Walt Disney characters on their new play-mat!

Our thanks go to Mirja Sachs for her very generous and constructive 'Toy Treasury' - and thank you Jocelyn and Judy-Ann for taking the time to research the needs and purchase the items that have so delighted tiny hearts today.

September 1st is also the 30th Anniversary of the Frank's Heaven Crèche, and how wonderful it was to have Dorise Hettlich come to visit us on this special day - timing could not have been better and the children in the crèche thoroughly enjoyed chocolate doughnuts, liquid-fruit drinks and lollipops that made this a very special celebration.

Lotsa luv and thank you all our sponsors for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
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Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za

 

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Imbali Western Cape - Newsletter: July 2010

 

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Dear Stefanie

What a happy day our visit to Cape Town on the 17th June was! A generous donation from Thomas and Steffi Curry and their Lebenslinien e.V. website provided the funding to take some of the children, who participate voluntarily in the Imbali Visual Literacy Project, to see their paintings exhibited at the Bavaria meets Western Cape expo in the Artscape Theatre Centre.

The bus fetched them in Kylemore and they were engulfed in the beauty of the surrounding snow-capped mountains drenched in sunlight as they left the Banhoek Valley for Cape Town. The children's excitement was tangible and, with faces pressed to bus windows, they quickly gobbled down delicious chocolate 'magic muffins' while absorbing the passing scenery.

The first stop was to see the new soccer stadium in Green Point! Everyone was overwhelmed by its hugeness even though the bus could not get us really close because of the security restrictions governing visits until after the FIFA World Cup.

So happy to be at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - even the tourists joined in the excitement!Waiting for burgers at the Santa Ana Spur, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Next stop was the Santa Ana Spur at the V&A Waterfront. They were expecting us and had made an area available where the children were treated with party-packets and served delicious burgers, chips and sodas. Everyone took part in coloring in the pages with crayons provided, clearly impressing the waitresses with the beautiful art pieces produced! Their creativity was awarded with BIG colourful balloons - everyone got one!

It was such a beautiful day that we decided to walk to Quay 4 to enjoy the seagulls, the large gregarious seals and the boats in the harbour. Tourists, here to see the soccer, were caught up in the excitement and asked the children to pose for photographs. We met our bus and were taken on a tour of the city to see the coloured lights and all the trappings and ornamental insignia relating to soccer fever. This is Cape Town at its very best - dressed in splendor for the FIFA World Cup. It was a delight to see our clean beautiful city sparkling in sunlight!

The Artscape was next and the children (some had never been into a city!) were swamped by the hugeness of the building. They posed for a photograph on its steps dwarfed by its monumental structure, and then rushed in to the Marble Foyer to see our Imbali/Lebenslinien stand at the Bavaria meets Western Cape expo. The child art exhibited on the walls of this much celebrated Theatre Centre reduced the children to silence. They were clearly amazed seeing their paintings on display in this very grand setting!

Visit to our stand at 'Bavaria meets Western Cape' ExpoArtscape Theatre - WOW!

This exhibition is a tribute to the relentless commitment of Alexis Hanslo and Leonie Twine of the Children's Art Centre in Zonnebloem whose outreach to Kylemore provides superb art education to our little artists. Supported by Lynn Edward's pull-up Imbali banner the stand was elegant, and visitors to the Expo said it was without doubt the most colourful and the one they liked best on the show. How marvelous for the children to have seen their paintings in situ, a highlight in their lives!

We were all invited to visit other exhibits and were treated to an impromptu musical performance by 'Brassta la Vista' on the steps of the Artscape before running for the bus.

We are grateful for having had the opportunity to be part of and experiencing this much acclaimed Expo - none of which would have been possible without the generous support of Thomas and Steffi and Lebenslinien e.V.. Thank you for caring, for thinking of us and for making this trip a reality for the kids on the Imbali Visual Literacy Project. We remembered the other happy outings we have had with you - to the Aquarium and to Monkey World - and we missed not having you with us!

Blessings.

Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za

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