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its all about the training...

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we are in the middle of our winter school holiday season at the moment and for our sports outreach team this is normally a time for some much needed rest. however this year we wanted to make the most of the time that we have with our sports mentors, who are all very enthusiastic young people who are still in school, so this was the ideal time to 'up skill' them with some new training and ideas around how we deliver our programme and engage with the local children who attend our daily clubs

since starting our sports outreach in 2008 we have based our programmes around the already existing ubabalo soccer programme, which was created for the 2010 world cup, with some tweaks by our volunteers and dutch students over the last few years, however more recently we have been building great relationships with one of the guys who created the original ubabalo sports programme.

therefore it was a true blessing to have pierre and three of his team come up and join us at the elgin country club…

Thembacare Grabouw: HIV Counselling & Testing Mobile Unit

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As you may be aware, ThembaCare Grabouw offers three services to our community. Firstly, we have a seven bed inpatient unit which provides the only overnight care beds for a town of around 60,000 people - many of whom are in desperate need of end of life hospice care. Secondly, our outpatient team cares for over 450 people who are living with HIV and/or TB in our local community. Their daily/weekly visits ensure that people continue with their TB, or understand their HIV, medication to enable them to live a long and productive life. Thirdly, we have our very own testing and counselling service which enables people to test for HIV, TB, high blood pressure and sugars etc.

We have recently been looking at how we can make the third arm, our HCT (HIV Counselling and Testing) more effective. We have a converted caravan, which is fully equipped to provide a mobile service, and this is often seen in the community at public spaces and schools to allow people to come have a chat and maybe even…

friendly but challenging encouragement from mal

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as you will have read in june's newsletter we have welcomed barbara wood back onto our team and she will be followed in quick succession by josh (a young man from the aylesbury area), emma (a returning volunteer) and shana (who arrives slightly later in august) and we will cover those arrivals in a future post.

today however we want to express our heart felt thanks to mal calladine who visited us from england for a short but very exciting and challenging week last week.

myself and maz have known mal since his days leading the emerging generation stuff at the new wine conferences at the bath and west showground and we have kept in touch to be inspired, confronted and encouraged, even during his time in america, he is certainly a key part in our spiritual journey and is someone who has walked the path that led us to come serve in south africa.

we always make a point of touching base with mal when we have our annual home visits to england and have often chatted around him making time to…

June News

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Well the building works continue! Although the children’s unit is now complete there is still a lot of remodeling to do. The house where Tim and Maz were staying is becoming the long-term volunteer accommodation and Tim and Maz are going to be moving into what was the old volunteer’s building but will now be a flat for them as well as some offices. We’ve also been able to get the walkway completed around Ukuquala 2 so that short-term volunteers can get around their house without getting stuck in a bog!

The children and House Moms have been able to remain warm and cosy in their new unit and are getting to grips with the new layout. They feel much happier and secure in this new environment – We have stronger doors and locks and also have a security guard on night watch.

We are now on the Department of Heath’s schedule for monthly visits from an Occupational Therapist. This is a fantastic new extra we are able to offer the children in our care. The therapist will be training up the House …

Themba Training: On Early Childhood Development (ECD)

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by Francois Heunis, Project Manager at Themba Training

A large percentage of the people signing up for our microbusiness training courses list Grade 11 as their highest education achieved. Approximately 30% claim to have passed Matric (Grade 12). However this is not a reliable statistic as we do not request copies of certificates, and simply ask students to complete a form. We have discovered many write down “matric”, meaning they got to matric but never passed it. They are the product of a system which pushes people through the grades, only to come crashing down when attempting to pass the national Grade 12 exam.

It is indeed sad to notice the lack of basic writing skills and mathematical ability with those who supposedly passed Grade 11. It is also interesting to note the obvious difference in basic educational ability between those from countries such as Zimbabwe and Malawi. The majority of the “foreigners” who attend the courses end up as our top students. The lack of the most bas…

June News

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June News

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Anyone for.....Golf?!


Thembacare Grabouw: June 2013 News

This has been a quiet month for TCG. Maybe it’s because the winter is here and we had a lot of rain and strong wind here in Grabouw…but our work does not stop! Two of our carers are busy with the ENA course - we are glad for them, but sad to see them go.

We are happy to announce that our local doctors Van der Vyfer and Albertyn have taken TCG under their wing and are volunteering to do hospice rounds on the first Thursday of each month. This is a fantastic gift to us to have access to their skills and knowledge so regularly. Something that otherwise we don’t have the funds for and it it yet another wonderful example of people from the community pulling together to support us. They are just a phone call away so it’s making work so much easier for our In Patient Unit. Thank you!

June News

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As part of the curriculum for Life Orientation, the Grade 9 learners learned about environmental stewardship - exploring the benefits of recycling and pollution reduction. They experienced service by cleaning up their local community, and demonstrated the importance of environmental justice (a concept first introduced in South Africa during the early 90s). They showed ownership and responsibility when they were asked to make a difference in their school community.  The reality is that there are communities that receive little to no service in water, housing and waste reduction. Waste management is critical to energy preservation. We believe in preparing our learners (who were very much enthused on the day) to reach a point of confidence when discussing the effects of such issues. Moreover, they should always be geared to action!

Sipho Banda, Educator (English)

a helping hand (near and far)

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well, we have been extremely busy over the past weeks so apologies for the intermittent posts! we are still trying to get the building works finished which seem to be taking forever!
from our previous post you will have read that winter is starting to set in and with it comes stormy weather and rain. even a dusting of snow on the mountains! although the snow looks pretty, these harsher weather conditions make life in the township even more challenging than usual.
as always we do our best to go the extra mile at this time of year, whether it’s organising extra soup to be provided to some local creches or donating scrap wood from our recent building projects that can be used by our faithful sports mentors as fire fuel. with such overwhelming need in this community it’s very easy to get distracted from our ‘day job’ (?) and consider setting up a soup kitchen or start another equally worthy project…but we have to remain focused on what we are already doing and build on that, trusting that G…

The Power of Community

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It’s truly been the Cape of Storms the past few days. We’ve had buckets of rain here, so much so we have lots of unofficial ‘water features’ springing up around the Village of Hope and I keep thinking that some people would pay a lot of cash to have one of those in their garden!

In this awful weather it’s, once again, those with the least that suffer the most. Unfortunately we don’t have the materials or money to fix every leaky roof but we thought that we would ask the local farm stall to see whether they would be happy to supply some extra soup in this extreme weather. Peregrine and Orchard Farmstalls, the two cafes in our town, already supply us with soup every Friday and here they are happy to go further because we have established a good relationship with them and they have recognised that they are in a position to help. Thanks to them we could bless many, wet, cold and hungry people who at least, if nothing else, can have something wholesome in their stomach today.

As the years go…