In mid-May, the first of the Brainwave training began. Beauty and Mariette from Brainwave ran two programmes: 'Ready, Steady, Learn" and "NQF4 ECD and Trainer of Trainers" training over 2 weeks. Ready, Steady, Learn covers basic Early Childhood Development (ECD) principles and methods and the making toys from recycled materials.
We are looking for a volunteer expert in Information Technology: computer hardware and software to help us roll out our 'Technology for Education' project. The position will commence at the end of June, at the time of receipt of the computers needed for the project, and will continue for a period of 4-6 weeks until August 2014. The project will run the Mathsbuddy programme, on site for Grade 1 and Grade 2 learners of the primary schools in the area.
As part of the Community Work Programme (CWP) we set up the Rural Skills Centre where trainees learn a variety of useful skills like carpentry, permaculture gardening, building using sustainable building methods, metalwork, water harvesting and management, electrical work, plumbing.
Our latest annual report, covering the 2012-2013 period is ready - hot off the press! It is our fourth annual report and includes an update on all our projects and audited financial statements for the period. You can download an electronic copy here: Download Annual Report 2012 - 2013 or if you would like a hardcopy please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal address and we'll pop it in the post for you.
On 22 May the community of Xhora Mouth and the participants of the Community Work Programme (CWP) welcomed representatives from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and the Dhladhla Foundation.
Since 2011, the BI and the local Department of Health (DoH) have been developing a strong relationship: the medical staff of Madwaleni Hospital attend our regular monthly outreach days where voluntary HIV testing and counselling is offered and our community built Health Point at Mazizini is supported with regular clinical services and ARV distribution. This year, the community of Nqileni with the BI completed the building of a second community Health Point and we approached the DoH for assistance once again.
Since its launch in 2007, the BI has focused on developing resources and knowledge in water harvesting, storage and usage. To this end: regular educational workshops were held, water tanks installed, boreholes drilled and research done on a water filter appropriate for use in remote, rural areas such as ours.
Last Friday we suddenly and tragically lost a sister, teacher and wonderful staff member. Nokonwaba Mbi, only 29 years old passed away in hospital due to complications from a stomach complaint and complications from diabetes. Family, friends and colleagues are all in shock from her sudden passing. Nokonwaba was one of the first teachers to join the team that opened the Jujurha Preschool.
The Skills Centre is still a long way from being finished but the greatest part of it is done. The Skill Centre has started to visit households where broken furniture needs fixing and participants are now getting the essential skills to help themselves. We’re happy that the community is now benefiting from the project even though it’s not yet finished. Each day of the month we help one community member with broken doors or furniture. They sometimes even bring their broken spades to the Skill Centre to be fixed!