RIEBEECK EAST COMMUNITY PROJECTS
IBHABHATHANE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Where we welcome the changes that will assist us in releasing our potentialThe Ibhabhathane Community Centre came into existence due to the fact that our village did not have a facility that catered for the educational needs of our very young children ages 2-5 years old. Our community welcomes the safe and stimulating environment the centre offers and it's members are able to leave best assured that their children are being well taken care of. Not only is it the assurance of peace of mind knowing that their children are safe while parents see to their daily work a motivating factor, but also the importance of early years education that is becoming evident to our parent community.
BUILDING NEWSSince we have relocated to our new premises in April, although temporary, the building has been rewarded with a gorgeous Eastern Cape Blue lick of paint. Our community has been wonderful in volunteering their time to make such a positive contribution.
STAFF NEWSBabalwa Boyi, who has started her Early Years Training course during September 2009, has successfully completed it. Her endurance is commendable and we are very proud of her achievement. Our second facilitator will commence her training mid 2011.
We are very proud as well to announce that the Ibhabhathane Community Centre 077-808-NPO is now officially a registered non-profit organization and has recently been registered as a partial care facility with the Department of Social Development.
AIMS, WISHES AND DREAMSOur first aim will be to renovate our School building and equip it with the necessary furniture and equipment that will serve our little people effectively during these very important first years of their lives. A feeding scheme is in place and provides 2 meals a day for 34 children. We would like to continue with this service and need to extend it throughout the holiday periods. Probably our biggest wish will be to find resources to secure the services of our invaluable voluntary workers.
VISITOR NEWSEarlier this year a womens group under the initiative of Cristelle Du Plessis from Port Elizabeth adopted the Ibhabhathane Community Centre as their charity of choice. Their hearts were as big as the open Karoo sky, not only did we have a well equipped kitchen when they left but our children had educational toys, outdoor equipment and not to talk about toothbrushes and toothpaste that would be the start of our daily teeth brushing project.
CONTRIBUTIONIf you feel you want to be part of the Ibhabhathane Procject whether your contribution will be financial, or a donation of toys, clothes, food, or your valuable time and skills, please contact Yolande via email: Yolande Delport or cell: 074 613 1054
School and Community vegetable garden
A partnership was initiated between Riebeeck east Combine School and Umthathi Project during 2009. The aim of the partnership is to help schools establish a sustainable vegetable garden using permaculture principals. From the very start the project was a success due to Mrs Petsi's dedicated management, so much so that the school won the best community garden award during Umthathi's annual event. Not only does the school boast a fabulous veggie garden, but seedlings are given to the rest of the community members to start their own gardens. A green feast for the eye, and nutritious meals for their families.