Newsletter December 2019


As 2019 and this decade comes to a close we would like to thank EVERYONE of our donors and friends who have given us support and encouragement over this past year and the previous 10 years that Daphne and I have been associated with the Khanyisela Project.

The project has grown to 18 pre-schools, with almost 700 learners, 53 educators, most of whom we have sent to early childhood development courses, teaching assistants and cooks. Nine classrooms have been built, others repaired and maintained and all equipped with tables and chairs, educational toys, stationery and playground equipment.

Through this, over the past 10 years, over 2500 children of the rural Amazizi area, have been given the opportunity to learn through play, which gives them a great foundation to their educational future. A foundation that we feel is crucial for the development of our country.

So crucial, that we have started the BabyBoost programme, and initiated it in three areas of Amazizi. The programme was suggested and developed by Dr Marysia Nash from Edinburgh. The programme is designed to enlighten mothers and carers of the importance of interaction with babies during their first 1000 days, something we have found, since starting the programme, is not generally understood.

None of this would have been possible without your help and continued support. For this the whole team, Megan, Daphne, Georg, Jean, Liesje and I say a big THANK YOU.

May we wish all of you a Very Happy and Peaceful festive season.

Best wishes


Newsletter August 2019

News Flash: Unexpected Act Of Kindness

Children at Sprinkles orphanage in Amazizi were experiencing problems in the understanding of English when doing their homework. George and Gertrud Rotter from Austria noticed this and spoke to Daphne and me about the problem. Daphne sent out a request to the community for someone who could help the children with their English.

We were very lucky to find Thembelihle Miya who has been assisting them with their English this year and sometimes their homework.

Can you imagine our delight when Thembelihle brought in a very generous donation of stationery for all 24 children which was collected in Durban by her sister, Spindile Ngiba, and friends.

As you can see by the pictures each child was thrilled to receive their very own stationery pack including a dictionary.

What a wonderful act of kindness. This helps to restore your faith in people when there are so many bad news stories in our beautiful country.

Keep warm,

Dave and Daphne.

Newsletter June 2019

Hi All,

Since our March update we have been very busy with the Belgian students, BabyBoost with Marysia and Gail, and Gertrud and Georg from Austria. It has been a hectic but good few weeks and thankfully the last couple of weeks before we return home to Port Elizabeth are a little quieter.

Read on to see what has been achieved:

Continue reading Newsletter June 2019

Newsletter February 2019

News Flash

Samekelokuhle Early Childhood Development Centre

When Daphne and I moved to The Cavern to help with their social responsibility programme in 2009, almost the first project we undertook was the building of the Samekelokuhle Early Development Centre. Two very enthusiastic ladies, Angel Thulile Sithole and Gabusile Maduna were running a little play group in a rondaval in the rural Busingatha area near the Royal Natal National Park and had requested help from the Carte families.

Continue reading Newsletter February 2019

Newsletter October 2018

Hi All,

After a long overseas trip to visit family and friends Daphne and I spent a busy few weeks at the Cavern holding jumble sales, delivering porridge and painting schools.

We then spent a very short time at home before Daphne hauled me off to Montagu to see the grandchildren.

We will be back at The Cavern in the New Year, hopefully to find lots more jumble waiting for us.

Read on to see what has been happening at the pre-schools:

Continue reading Newsletter October 2018

Newsletter June 2018

Hi All,

I can’t believe we are almost halfway through the year and Daphne and I are back for our second visit this year helping the Khanyisela Project’s 15 pre-schools. There is lots of Jumble to sort, mark and sell, school painting, book and toy libraries to organise and porridge, knitwear, toys and stationery to distribute.

Read on to see what we have been up to:

Continue reading Newsletter June 2018

Newsletter April 2018

Hi All,

Daphne and I came to The Cavern at the beginning of the school year to visit the schools and assess their needs for the upcoming year. We also needed to be here to welcome two Belgian university students and introduce them to our schools and to work with Marysia Nash during her visit towards the end of March.

Read on for all the latest news. Continue reading Newsletter April 2018