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Sir Lowry's Pass Community Empowerment Project

Ist ein eingetragener Trust (IT430/2010) und eine Öffentliche, gemeinnützige Hilfsorganisation. Man versteht sich als Partner der Gemeinde und arbeitet zusammen mit Institutionen und einzelnen Personen. Der Fokus liegt auf Kindern und Erwachsenen, die man in Erziehungsfragen, Arbeitsplatzsuche und in der alltäglichen Praxis unterstützt.

Die Vision ist, die Menschen der unterprivilegierten Stadt Sir Lowry's Pass zum Wachstum zu ermutigen und ein physisch, psychisch, soziales und finanziell freies und unabhängiges Leben zu führen.

Was wird angeboten?

Frühkindliche Entwicklungszentren

  • Ernährungsprogramm (Gemüse, Magic Muffin, Obst)
  • alle Zentren sollen offiziell registriert werden von der Abteilung für soziale Entwicklung und Erziehung
  • der Trust kümmert sich um die Infrastruktur der Zentren, man kümmert sich um Lehrer und Material zur frühkindlichen Erziehung

Vorschul- und Grundschulbildung

  • Partner von diversen Leseschulen
  • Vermittlung von Patenschaften für Erstklässler und die Erstausstattung
  • Organisation von Ferienprogrammen und Schulausflügen
  • Vermittlung von Sponsoren für das Schulgeld
  • Ernährungsprogramm

Jungendarbeit

  • enge Partnerschaft mit "Choice", Schwangerschaftzentrum, Kurse über Sexualität und Gesundheit
  • Unterstützung bei der Jobsuche und Karrierehilfestellung
  • Ferienprogramme
  • Beschaffung von Spielen und Sportgeräten

Erwachsenenarbeit

  • Kursangebote für Frauen in Backen, Nähen, Kunst….
  • Elternkurse
  • Unterstützung von Selbstständigen
  • Unterstützung von Kandidaten, die noch weiter studieren wollen
  • man hat eine Betgruppe, die Menschen unterstützen, die krank sind, sie besuchen, mit ihnen beten und sie emotional unterstützen

Man hilft Menschen in Not, bei Arztbesuchen, man unterstützt mit Kleidung, Essen, Spielzeug und Schulsachen. Der Trust arbeitet eng zusammen mit großen Supermärkten, die abgelaufene Ware, Kleidung, Essen ect. zur Verfügung stellen.

Das Ziel ist außerdem ein großes Center zu bauen, in dem unterschiedlichste Kurse statt finden, eine Nachmittagsbetreuung für Kinder, Hilfsprogramme, ect. um alles unter einem Dach anbieten zu können.

Unsere Ansprechpartner vor Ort ist Camphor Serfontain, ein tiefgläubiger, grundehrlicher, sehr angenehmer Mann, der eine "Mission" im Leben erfüllen will. So vielen Kindern wie möglich einen angemessenen und fundierten Schulstart ins Leben zu ermöglichen.

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Juni 2014, Newsletter

Newsletter for Sir Lowry’s Pass Community Empowerment project June 2014

We apologize for the quietness on our side in not providing a newsletter since the beginning of 2013. We can assure you that we may have been quiet in terms of a newsletter, but not quiet at all in terms of the Trust and its functions in the community.

We can only witness that God Almighty is great and awesome and that he has guided us to change the primary focus of the Trust to education, and job creation and economical development of the people in the communities as secondary goals. We also start the process to change our constitution to allow for us to spread our wings and serve other communities as well.

Here are some of the special things God did in the past year:

1) Results during 2011-2013
We are very excited to inform all our stakeholders that the learners at Sir Lowry’s Pass Primary fared exceptionally well in the national ANA evaluation since 2011. Literacy improved from 7% to 56% over two years and Numeracy improved from 11% to 46% over the same period. This included all the children in the school, while our program focused specifically on Grade 1-3 learners. We see our program as a service to the school, teachers and community. We realize that the size of classes at 45 plus learners is just too big to allow for effective learning. We therefore see our program as a methodology to support the concept of smaller classes and deeper caring relationships with the children.

2) New Education Center
We build an Education center with 8 classrooms, a staff room and library. Here we assist some 625 children from 3-10 years with School readiness, Literacy, Numeracy and Sustainability. Each of the children does two modules at a time, which means they attend two classes per week, which amounts to 1250 class hours in total per week. We appointed 8 full time staff with a number of volunteers also assisting. Please see some images of the Education center with children being taught in the various modules we offer.

3) A New Educational program
We expand our Reading program at the end of 2013 to a Literacy and Numeracy program. This was specifically with the support of Open Schools World Wide. We further implemented the School readiness program with the support from Jennobia Kock and the Sustainability course with support from Jozua Lambrechts.

4) New website
We launched a new website at the end of 2013 with the help of Lochtec Innovations. We encourage you to visit our new webpage and also like us on Facebook. We aim to use technology more and more in our interaction with all our partners and friends. Please see also our partner page on our website and please support our partners who support the work we are doing in communities.

5) New furniture for class rooms
We are excited about the new furniture we received during 2014 with the assistance of Exclusive Business Furniture. They designed the desks and chairs specifically for our program and manufactured it in beautiful bright colours to create further excitement for the children.

The companies that sponsored the desks and chairs are:
Capital Harvest (2 classrooms)
Waterkloof (2 classrooms)
Rooftek Trusses (2 classrooms)
Opens Schools World Wide (1 classroom)
Exclusive Business Furniture (1 classroom)
We also received desks and chairs and some cabinets from Rola Motor Group when they replaced their old furniture.
We thank these companies for their gifts to the center.

6) Paint the Village program
We received a sizeable donation at the end of 2013 in the form of Steel primer paint from Stonecor. We soon realized that this was an opportunity to engage the men in the village to form a partnership with the Trust to beautify and restore dignity within the community. It took some time but we finally found four men who showed they are able to step up and be the team we need to take this exciting venture forward. We also received financial assistance from Atvantage and Galvatech who are keen to see the new venture grow into a new enterprise that create employment in the community for the community. The Trust will be taking 25% of the share in the business to also secure a revenue stream back for the Education work in the community.

7) Library
We started a small library in one of the rooms in the Education center and named it after two dear supporters, Bill and Sabra Reichardt, from Boston, USA. Bill and Sabra also provided a donation to develop the library into a lovely learning area.

8) Staff room
With all the new staff in die building, we needed a staff room and decided to use a room in die center for this purpose. We named this room after two other donor/supporters, Ton and Coby Kalkers. They supported us when we build the center and also provided funding for Whiteboards.

9) Support

We wish to invite people and businesses to support children on the program at R77 per child per month per module. Children receive two modules per week and that will cost R154 per child per month. The results say it all when one wonder if this is money well spent. Support 10 children per month for R1540 for two modules (USD 150) Support 100 children per month for R15400 for two modules. (USD 1500)
Our bank details is on the webpage www.empowerment-project.org and there is also an easy way to donate through Payfast.

10) New opportunities
We have an opportunity to immediately start a similar program at Dr GJ Joubert in Rusthof, Strand. The principal Mr Martin Leukes indicated that he would want to place 200 grade 1 learners on Literacy and Numeracyprogram. We have furniture available for the two classes we will need and the school identified two classrooms for the program. We only need the funding for the children. I invite any person who feels they would want to support this new initiative to contact the Trust. Let’s make it also happen at this school with your help.

Nuusbrief van die Sir Lowry’s Pass Community Empowerment project Junie 2014

Ons vra om verskoning vir die stilte aan ons kant sedert ons vorige buusbrief aan die begin van 2013. Ons kan u verseker dat ons nie stil was met ons werksaamhede in die gemeenskap en die werksaamhede van die Trust nie.

Ons getuig graag van die grootheid en goedheid van Almagtige God. Hy het ons gelei om die Trust se fokus te rig op opvoeding as primêre fokus, met sekondere fokus op die skep van werkgeleenthede en ekonomiese ontwikkeling van mense in gemeenskappe. Ons het ook begin met n proses om ons konstitusie te verander en so ons toe te laat om ander gemeenskappe ook te dien.

Hier is n aantal baie spesiale dinge wat God gedoen het in die afgelope jaar:

1) Resultate gedurende 2011-2013
Ons is baie opgewonde om al ons ondersteuners en belanghebbendes mee te deel dat die kinders van die laerskool in Sir Lowry’s Pas het uitstekend gevaar in die ANA nasionale evalueering sedert 2011. Geletterdheid het verbeter vanaf 7% tot 56% oor twee jaar en Syfervaardigheid verbeter vanaf 11% na 46% oor dieselfde periode. Die verbetering sluit al die leerders in die skool in terwyl ons program se fokus spesifiek die grondslagfase is. Ons program is n diens aan die skool, onderwysers and gemeenskap. Ons besef dat die grootte van klasse teen 45 plus leerders te groot is vir effektiewe onderrig. Ons sien gevolglik ons program as n metodologie om juis kleiners klasse met dieper omgee verhoudings met die kinders te ondersteun.

2) Nuwe Opvoedkundige sentrum
Ons het n Opvoedkunidige sentrum gebou met 8 klaskamers, ‘n personeelkamer en’n biblioteek. Hier help ons tans 625 kinders vanaf 3-10 jaar met Skoolgereedheid, Geletterdheid, Syfervaardigheid en Volhoubaarheid. Elke kind word ingeskryf vir twee modules, wat beteken dat hulle twee klasse per week bywoon. Dit beteken dat ons ‘n total van 1250 klas ure per week aanbied. Ons het 8 permanente aanstellings gemaak, met ‘n aantal vrywilligers wat ook ons klasse bystaan. Sien aangeheg ‘n aantal foto’s van die Opvoedkunidige sentrum, asook die leerders wat onderrig ontvang in die verskillende modules wat ons aanbied.

3) ‘n Nuwe Opvoedkundige program
Ons het ons Leesprogram teen die einde van 2013 uitgebrei tot ‘n Geletterdheid- and Syfervaardigheidsprogram. Dit is spesifiek gedoen met die ondersteuning van Open Schools World Wide. Ons het verder ‘n Skool gereedheid-module uitgerol met die hulp van Jennobia Kock and ook ‘n Volhoubaarheids-module met die hulp van Jozua lambrechts.

4) Nuwe Webtuiste
Ons het ons nuwe webblad teen einde 2013 bekend gestel. Dit is ontwikkel met die hulp van Lochtec Innovations. Ons moedig u aan om ons webtuiste te besoek en om ons ook te “like” op Facebook. Ons beoog om toenemend interaksie deur toepaslike tegnologieë met ons vennote en vriende te hê. Sien ook spesifiek ons “partner”-blad en ondersteun hulle asseblief as besighede wat ons werk ondersteun in die gemeenskappe.

5) Nuwe meubels vir klaskamers

Ons is opgewonde oor die nuwe meubels wat ons ontvang het gedurende 2014 met die ondersteuning van Exclusive Business Furniture. Hulle het die ontwerp spesiaal vir ons program gedoen, en die meubels vervaardig in lieflike helder kleure. Dit bring spesiale energie en opgewondenheid by die kinders.

Die besighede wat die tafels en stoeltjies geborg het is as volg:
Capital Harvest (2 klaskamers)
Waterkloof (2 klaskamers)
Rooftek Trusses (2 klaskamers)
Opens schools world wide (1 klaskamer)
Exclusive Business Furniture (1 klaskamer)
Ons is ook dankbaar teenoor Rola motorgroep vir die tafels, stoele en kabinette wat hulle aan ons geskenk het toe hulle hul ou meubels vervang het.
Ons bedank al die ondernemings vir hul donasies aan die Opvoedkundige Sentrum.

6) Verf die dorpie program
Ons het n aansienlike borgskap in verf vanaf Stonecor ontvang teen die einde van 2013. Ons het gou besef dat daar n geleentheid is om die manne van die dorpie te betrek om n vennootskap te vorm met die Trust, ten einde die dorpie mooi te maak en waardigheid te herstel. Dit het n redelike tyd geneem maar ons het uiteindelik vier manne gevind wat aan ons getoon het dat hulle die vermoë het om die pad saam met die Trust te stap. Ons het finansiële ondersteuning vanaf Atvantage en Galvatech ontvang om die program vorentoe te neem. Hulle wil graag sien dat daar n onderneming gevestig word, wat werkgeleenthede in die dorpie skep vir die mense van die gemeenskap. Die Trust sal 25% belang opneem in die entiteit wat dan weer as ‘n inkomste stroom sal dien vir die Trust se werk in die gemeenskap.

7) Biblioteek
Ons het n klein bibliotekie begin in een van die klaskamers in die Opvoedkundige sentrum. Ons het besluit om dit te vernoem na twee dierbare ondersteuners, Bill and Sabra Reichardt ,van Boston, VSA. Hulle het ook ‘n donasie gegee om die biblioteek uit te brei as n area waar kinders kan studeer en lees.

8) Personeelkamer
Ons het soveel nuwe personeel gekry in 2014 dat ons n groot behoefte gehad het aan ‘n personeelkamer. Ons het n verdere kamer in die sentrum ingerig as personeelkamer en besluit om dit te vernoem na twee verdere ondersteuners, Ton en Coby Kalkers. Hulle was betrokke deur ‘n borgskap by die oprigting van die sentrum en het ook fondse beskikbaar gemaak vir die aankoop van witborde vir van die klaskamers.

9) Ondersteuning
Ons nooi individue en ondernemings uit om kinders te ondersteun teen R77 per mand per kind per module. Kinders ontvang twee modules per week en die totale koste per kind beloop dus R154 per maand. Die resultate waarna ons verwys het laat geen twyfel dat die belegging wat u maak ‘n baie goeie een is.
Ondersteun 10 kinders teen R1540 per maand vir twee modules (USD 150)
Ondersteun 100 kinders teen R15400 per maand vir twee modules (USD 1500)
Ons bankbesonderhede is op ons webblad www.empowerment-project.org en daar is ook ‘n geleentheid om maklik ‘n bydrae aan ons te maak deur Payfast.

10) Nuwe geleentheid
Ons het n nuwe geleentheid om onmiddellik met n soortgelyke program te begin by Dr GJ Joubert in Rusthof, Strand. The skoolhoof, Mnr Martin Leukes, het aangedui dat hy graag sy 200 Graad1 leerders op ‘n Geletterdheid en Syfervaardigheidsprogram sal wil plaas. Ons het reeds meubels beskikbaar vir die program by hulle, en hulle het twee klaskamers beskikbaar gemaak. Ons benodig net die fondse vir die kinders. Ek nooi enige individu en of instansie wat dit graag ‘n realiteit wil maak vir die skool om die Trust te kontak. Help ons om dit n werklikheid te maak vir die skool.

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Oktober 2012, Newsletter


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Many of the employees of local businesses are residents of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village and for this reason we enjoy their support. Waterkloof Wine Farm on Sir Lowry’s Pass Road is one of these businesses.

They visited our Primary School and brought their team including a chef to share soup with our children. Waterkloof also instigated a “Tackie Drive” and they raised R10 000 so we could buy shoes for those children that need it. Thank you Waterkloof for partnering with us in empowering our community to prosper. 

Corne Davies, our teacher takes advantage of as many opportunities as possible to broaden the learners’ horizons. This includes educational field trips.

Recently they visited the stables at Journey’s End in Sir Lowry’s Pass to learn about farm animals and feed the horses. Everyone had a turn to ride and fun was had by all! Next week another group of learners will visit. Thank you Journey’s End for accommodating us.

We have a clinic in Sir Lowry’s Village but don’t have an ambulance. In the event of an emergency we would need to wait for help from Somerset West. It is vital that our young people learn what to do in an emergency.

Hettie and her youth group learned about bandages, making a splint, carrying a friend and general first aid. A big thank you goes to Hettie and her team for giving of themselves every week to mentor and teach our young people.

Monkey Town is fantastic as a venue for our little children to visit. It has interesting animals and birds to see and a nice timber climbing structure. This means physical and mental stimulation.

They also have a grassy picnic area which is a scarcity in our village. The children love to visit and given that it’s close, we can easily take small groups on a rotation basis.

There isn’t much for the young people to do in our village and we struggle with teenagers frequenting the shebeens (taverns) and finding themselves in trouble with drugs and alcohol. We try where possible to arrange fun activities to keep them busy.

The “Wallet Project” was a huge hit. The learners took used 1L fruit juice and milk containers and with scissors, adhesive plastic and velcro made a lovely wallet each. Thank you, Lara for giving of yourself to make this day fun!


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Juli 2012, Newsletter


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Corne Davies, our Early Childhood Development (ECD) teacher/mentor has introduced themes into the ECD Centres and we are thrilled that everyone is now learning the same thing at the same time. Recently, the theme was "Helpers in our Community" and the children discovered just how helpful our Fire Fighters are.

In our village, fire is a very real threat and the fact that the shacks are close together means that in the event of a fire many homes are destroyed while fire engines struggle to gain access. It is important that our children learn about prevention and safety so we took them to the Fire Station! They had fun and learned plenty at the same time.

It doesn’t take long for the children to climb into your heart. Hettie Orffer, one of our volunteers has a special bond with her group called KFC (Kids for Christ) that she is mentoring every week. Corne Davies, our nursery school teacher has developed a relationship with the kids at the various nursery schools that she is visiting daily. Needless to say, Hettie and Corne are experiencing the needs first-hand.

Winter in an informal settlement is no fun and the fact that we have a river running through is not helping! Both Hettie and Corne have put special effort into getting blankets donated this winter and the children are thrilled. A big thank you goes to their family and friends who opened their hearts so wide. 

We make a point of taking our small children out of the village as often as possible. It's an opportunity to expand their horizons and it's relatively easy because the groups are small and everyone is excited to have a change in their normal routine.

A big "Thank you" goes to the Helderberg Nature Reserve for accommodating our learners. The children learned about various plants and animals and how to look after our environment. They even sent a bus to collect us and take us home afterwards. We look forward to doing it again with another group!

Until we can raise enough money to have our own premises, we will continue to use Veronica Williams's home. She kindly allows us to run various courses from her place as well as the KFC Group. This Kids For Christ Group is a mentoring opportunity that happens once a week and it was Hettie, one of our volunteers who set the wheels in motion to get the room tiled. Well done, Hettie and thank you to CTM in Somerset West for discounting the tiles.

Previously, this room had pieces of old carpet covering the floor and it was less than hygienic. We are delighted to know that the kids are cleaner and happier as they continue their games and educational activities.

Allow me to introduce you to Dino. Dino has not been well and we stepped in when his chest infection was showing no signs of improvement. We are in relationship with a doctor, dentist and optometrist in Somerset West who all offer their time and expertise at a reduced cost so Dino went to Dr Olivier. We are glad to report that his chest is better and it is not TB as his teacher suspected.

When he returned to school, all the children decided to pretend that they were doctors. They enjoyed putting on the "Emergency Services" jacket from the dress up box and listened to each other's chests with the stethoscope. Who knows, perhaps one of them will actually be a doctor one day? Thank you Dr Olivier for planting a seed in a child's heart while you looked after his chest.


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April 2012, Newsletter


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We are thrilled to report that we have been donated a Ford Bantam Bakkie thanks to the generosity of Cape Fringe Manufacturers. This vehicle is primarily used by Corne, our teacher as she moves from one Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre to the next in the village. Corne does age appropriate educational activities with the children and offers support to the teachers/volunteers working at the ECD Centres. 

The bakkie is also a blessing when it comes to distributing donated product in the village. A big thank you goes to Thomas and Steffi Curry for donating a fridge. We appreciate you!

We are very pleased to be in partnership with Duraline Paint.  They donate paint generously and recently one of the Ladies Cell Groups from The Bay Christian Family Church got together to make a difference in the lives of 2 families in the village. 

Babalwa and Bongiswa live in Rasta Camp with their families and were delighted to see their homes receive a facelift.  Not only did their homes get painted, but each family got a parcel of groceries.  Thank you Debra Fisher and your team we appreciate your time and your willing spirit.

The majority of our volunteers are women but when it comes to Youth Development it is essential to have men on the team. In this generation of absent fathers we need more male role models. We are delighted to have a Boys' Drumming Circle getting together each week which is facilitated by Fred.

The boys are not only expressing themselves through music, they are being discipled while enjoying quality time and individual attention. At present, the boys are being transported to Chris Nissan Park every Thursday but we are hopeful that we will soon have a suitable venue in our village for this kind of activity.

One of our volunteers, Sanet Robbins is an Oral Hygienist and she kindly arranged for Colgate to donate toothbrushes and toothpaste to the ECD Centres. Sanet and Corne, our teacher visited all of the schools to teach on the importance of good oral hygiene, hopefully a lesson the teachers/volunteers working at the schools will repeat regularly.

Every child received their own toothbrush, toothpaste and fun activity pack. A big “Thank You” goes to Linda Rowell and her team at Colgate for partnering with us in empowering our community to prosper.

The children at Ons Speel Nessie were in for a treat this term as Mac was visiting from overseas. She took a group of Gr R children and let them experience clay. Most of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres make their own dough using flour, oil, food colouring, etc. but the children know that it all gets packed away afterwards.

The beauty of pottery classes each week was that the children’s clay figurines got fired in a kiln and the children got to keep their little animals. It was a lot of fun and as long as the groups are small, we will do it again.

The Empowerment Project is a member of Connect Network, a network of 103 NGO’s across the Western Cape all serving women and children at risk. Thanks to Connect Network we received a donation of lap-desks to be used by children doing homework in the afternoons.

In our village it is not uncommon to find 8 or 9 family members spanning 3 generations all living together in 1 small dwelling, this situation is not conducive to study. The strong plastic lap-desks are specially shaped to accommodate the curve of a child’s body and provide them a smooth surface on which to write when doing homework on a bed or on the floor.

This group of children has grown to almost 50 learners ranging in age from 6yrs to 13yrs. They gather together one afternoon a week to have fun and learn about Jesus.

They are being mentored by Hettie, one of our volunteers and she is doing educational activities, games and quizzes that teach and hopefully permanently deposit good values. At present they are developing entrepreneurial skills by selling cup-cakes and boerewors rolls in the village. Hettie keeps an attendance register and score cards with a reward system.


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Februar 2012, Newsletter


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A big “Thank you” goes to Round Table Somerset West for inviting 55 of our children to the Noddy Partyat the end of last year.  What an experience!  To see Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, Spiderman, Barney the Dinosaur, etc. dancing on stage and then marching with the children was great fun.  The children enjoyed a hotdog, juice and an ice cream during the show and they all received a gift at the end.  Thank you to theTablers and 41ers that made it possible.  We appreciate you!

We were exhausted by the end of the evening but it was worth it.  We hope to be able to attend again next year and we hope that Mario Gertze of the Sir Lowry's Pass Taxi Association will be willing to transport us again.  Thanks Mario for running up and down for us.

We try as often as possible to broaden the horizons of our children by giving them an educational experience outside of the village.  We recently took a group of nursery school children to Monkey Town to visit the primates and enjoy a morning outside of their normal environment.  It was a huge success and the children had a fabulous time.

Thank you Monkey Town for reducing your entrance fee for us and thank you Mario Gertze for transporting our group safely.  We will definitely have to do this again!

Mitek Industries SA has built a relationship with Sunshine Kids Daycare, one of our Early Childhood Development Centres and they currently buy the necessary ingredients for the children to have breakfast.  Needless to say, the children at Sunshine Kids have managed to climb into their hearts and so last year Mitek wanted to host a Christmas Party for the children and we were happy to help make it happen.  Thank you Mitek for going to so much trouble to make this occasion special for the children.  They thoroughly enjoyed dancing, singing, eating sweets and opening presents.  Thanks again, Mitek!

Exceed Private Client Services (Pty) Ltd is also one of our regular donors giving us photocopy paper every month that we use for the printing of ECD Centre worksheets and the course material for our Adult Education programmes.  They expressed interest in hosting a Christmas party for the Gr R children at our Primary School and the kids were in for a real treat.  They played games, made bracelets, and each child received a gift of school supplies needed for the new year.  A big "Thank you" goes to Louise Botha and her team for supporting us both practically and spiritually in our vision.

Those of us who have children will know that with the start of every new school year, comes an enormous list of stationery requirements.  As you can imagine, in our village many of the children arrive at school without the things they need.

A big “Thank you” goes to Community Chest for donating Starter Packs full of school supplies to our Primary School.  We had originally intended for them to go to the new Grade 1's but on opening a box, we realised that each box contained enough goodies for an entire class.  It was great to see the children getting excited about school.

In 2011 we ran a pilot project at the Tina Cowley Reading Centre at Somerset Mall.  We selected 66 children from Gr 3 and Gr 6 at Sir Lowry's Pass Primary School and boosted their reading over a 10 month period.  Each child's reading speed was monitored and their progress recorded.  The results were phenomenal with most children doubling their reading speed and some showing as much as a 300% increase in their speed.

We decided to take the plunge and set up a branch of the Tina Cowley Reading Centre in our Primary School.  Now, instead of only 66 children benefitting, all 420 of our foundation phase learners will have their reading boosted every week.  The cost of this Empowerment Project is only R77.00/month per child and we need your support.  If you are interested in partnering with us to improve literacy in our village, please become a regular donor.

Last year we were approached by Desiree Uys, a Gr 2 teacher at Sir Lowry's Pass Primary School.  She was looking for an assistant to help her in the classroom from 8am to 1pm and she was willing to part pay her from her own pocket.  We decided to partner with her and employ Zoleka Mtamzeli.  Together they are empowering their class to prosper.   

Zoleka joined us in August 2011 on a trial basis and it worked so brilliantly that she is a permanent asset in that class now.  She speaks English, Afrikaans and Xhosa and is a blessing on two legs.  Zoleka sometimes works with smaller groups of weaker children as well as takes care of basic administrative functions so that Desiree can focus on teaching.

The classes at our Primary School have up to 42 children each and there are many foundation phase teachers who would like to have an assistant.  With your regular donations, we can help.

It is seldom that our children get out of the village.  They might travel with their parents the 6 km journey to Somerset West to do their shopping but taking a trip to the beach is almost unheard of.  Well, Corne Davies, our teacher decided to take a small group and let them experience the phenomenon called 
“The Sea.”  It was fantastic!  She will definitely have to do it again and again with other schools.

The children enjoyed themselves so, it was a pleasure to watch.  It is so good for children to play in the sand yet it seldom happens in the village.  Our Nursery Schools generally don't have sand pits because of space issues and hygiene concerns.  They also found a huge starfish and it was a wonderful opportunity toteach about the different creatures in the sea.  Well done, Corne!

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November 2011, Newsletter


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We enjoyed an evening of celebration on Friday, 21 October 2011, it was an opportunity to thank our donors for their support this year and showcase some of the Empowerment Projects we are running in the village. It was a great success and will definitely happen again next year. We appreciate those donors who made the evening possible. We are now more aware than ever of what it takes to host 230 people and we could not have done it without you. Thank you!

Nursery school children sang, the youth danced and the women from the village formed a choir. We handed out certificates to those delegates who completed the Arts & Crafts Course, Sewing Course, Cooking Course and Empowered Woman Course this year. They enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishment and a good time was had by all.

Our 12 week Empowered Woman Course has come to an end and we are delighted with the outcome. The women who attended this course were hand picked as leaders in their areas of influence and they will be able to share their new knowledge with their families and friends. This course empowers our ladies and equips them to deal with some of the social issues they face daily. They learn about drug and alcohol abuse, addiction, domestic violence, depression, suicide, etc. They are taught keys to counselling which enables them to better mentor the women around them. Word has spread and the candidates for our February 2012 Empowered Woman Course are already lined up.

Our vision is “Empowered 2 Prosper” in every area of life, namely: physically, mentally, spiritually, socially and financially. Wealth means little when one's health is failing. In the village we have many women suffering with diabetes and high blood pressure so we began a Cooking Course to help our mothers make wiser choices when feeding their families. The cooking course teaches about serving healthier foods like pasta vs maize meal and healthier cooking methods like steaming vs frying. It is also an opportunity for mentoring and the ladies love the fact that they get to eat what they made.

Adequate nutrition is a basic human right yet many of our children are not getting enough to eat. Furthermore, those who are getting enough are not getting sufficient nutritional value. The Carotino enriched muffin has been developed and scientifically evaluated by the South African Medical Research Council as part of the solution in addressing micro-nutrient deficiencies in vulnerable groups. Studies show remarkable results in decreasing iodine deficiencies, increasing short term memory and attention span and a reduction in school absenteeism due to respiratory and diarrhea-related illnesses.

A big thank you goes to Thomas and Steffi Curry who currently donate these muffins to our village each week. They are distributed to the 4 Early Childhood Development Centres that we mentor and also the soup kitchen. We are hoping to establish our own bakery in the village and that way we can give every child a muffin everyday.

A big “Thank You” goes to the Youth Group at The Bay Christian Family Church for giving of themselves to make a difference in our village. These young people got together on a Saturday to paint 2 homes in our village. Nolundi and Nolungisile were both thrilled to have their houses painted and they each received a hamper of groceries as well. A “Thank You” also goes to Duraline Paint for donating the paint. 

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”We are excited to report that Mitek Industries SA have taken “Sunshine Kids Daycare” under their wing by donating breakfast on a monthly basis and the children are really enjoying the variety of porridge. Kobie and Hugo du Preez kitted out the up-and-coming school with colour co-ordinated tables, chairs, bowls and spoons.

Janetta Brinkhuis, the principal, thought it was a good idea to use the new items daily to re-enforce the four colours with the children, e.g., when breakfast or lunch is ready, she’ll ask the kids to bring a red chair and put it by the yellow table. The children are having great fun as they learn! The older childeren sometimes put the chairs in a row and pretend to travel in a bus!”

Many of the children in our village never leave this community. They sleep here, eat here and go to school here. Just visiting the Mall is an outing few will experience. We try to broaden horizons where possible and for this reason are delighted that Tallahassee Spur in Somerset Mall has chosen to partner with us to make a difference. The Spur allows 10 children from the village to have lunch there every fortnight free of charge. The children love it! Every time it is a new batch of children who get to attend and every time it is Mario Gertze of the Sir Lowry's Pass Taxi Association who drives them. Thank you to everyone for making this possible!
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Thank you to Beaumont Primary School. They have partnered with us to make a difference in the village. We had twelve Grade 6 learners for an afternoon to paint two homes and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Fikiswa and Nomawisile had their homes painted and each received a grocery hamper from the learners. Thank you for willingly giving of yourselves, boys and girls! Let us not forget Duraline Paint who donate the paint every time we have one of these painting afternoons. Thank you, Duraline.


We have a volunteer psychologist giving of her time to do Play Therapy with some learners at our Primary School.  She is a tremendous blessing and we are seeing results in the classroom because of her input.  We are pleased to be able to accommodate her in a wendyhouse classroom that has been relocated from elsewhere in the village.  The roof attached to the wendyhouse, not only offers shade but protection against the weather on rainy days.

Corné Davies joined our team on 1 August 2011.  She is mentoring the 4 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres that we are involved with, namely; Lukhanyolwethu, Tiny Tots, Lathi-Tha and Sunshine Kids. She is visiting each school three times a week to do educational activities with the children.  She is also helping with administration where necessary and fetching, carrying and distributing donated product in between.  She is a huge asset and we are thrilled to have her on board.


A big 'Thank You' goes to our friends in Germany for partnering with us to make a difference at Tiny Tots Crêche. Thanks to their generosity we were able to provide a shade structure and paving which will keep the rain out of the classrooms during winter, while providing a cool area under which to work and play in the summer months. We were also able to provide swings and a timber structure for climbing which is essential for gross motor development. Many thanks.

We partnered with Peace Ambassadors to see some of our young people 'empowered to prosper'. 12 Of our youth aged between 17 and 24 years attended 3 days of Leadership Training at the Holocaust Center in Cape Town. They learnt about 'tolerance' and what happens when we are intolerant of each other. This was only the first of many courses aimed at developing our youth. We also have a “Girls Mentoring Circle” getting together every Friday.  This group started as a holiday dance group and has grown into a Bible Study.


Thank you to Susan Elliston: We recently met Susan Elliston, a resident of Somerset West who has a landscaping business and employs men from our community. She has started a clean-up campaign and we partnered with her on 20 August 2011 in cleaning up our village. A group of Sir Lowry's Pass Primary School learners got together with Susan and collected more than 100 refuse bags of rubbish. Well done guys! Thanks to Mr MacDonald, the School Principal, for arranging lunch for the learners after their serious clean-up efforts.


A big 'Thank You' goes to the Van der Walt family in Somerset West for donating an oven to our village. Marchelle Hendricks is the recipient and she is delighted. She baked some cup cakes in her new oven to say thank you. Matz Construction did the fetching and carrying of the oven and Henk Smith did the installation. Thank you gentlemen.

I would also like to thank our Management Team. This team of dedicated volunteers is managing the day-to-day running of the Empowerment Project. Each of them is responsible for an area of empowerment in the village. Welna oversees every aspect of Adult Education, Doreen is our Course Facilitator and Janine assists Corné in the Nursery Schools. Wilma is passionate about Youth Development and Campher is our partner in the Literacy Program. Kirsten is the Project Fundraiser and Sarita is the Psychologist in our Primary School. We are especially appreciative of Marianne Jonker, who takes all our photographs and makes us look good. Thank you for your skill and your willing spirit.
 


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