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.
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.
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.
Daphne and I were at the Cavern from early in September for about 7 weeks. While there we were kept busy delivering of porridge, holding jumble sales, painting schools and liaising with the building contractor.
Daphne and I have been at the Cavern since early in May when we welcomed volunteers and donors from overseas. They kept us busy along with the delivering of porridge, holding jumble sales and arranging building and maintenance. Read on to see what everyone has been busy with!!
There have been many articles and much talk recently about the importance of early childhood development so we thought we would share some of this with you.
Global experts report that a child’s early years are critical to the rest of life. Proper nutrition and brain stimulation improve physical growth and learning ability, while the absence of proper care and feeding in the first 1,000 days (3 years) can lead to stunting, poor school performance and lower earnings as an adult.
Daphne and I are at The Cavern for a few weeks sourcing, buying and delivering toys, delivering porridge and showing potential donors the schools the project assists. We have had a very busy and fruitful time here. Read on to see what has been achieved over the last few months.
Daphne and I have had a very busy and productive three weeks at the Cavern. Firstly we helped to prepare for the Big5Hike Royal Drakensberg Primary (RDP) school fundraiser, then we visited the pre-schools to assess their needs and bought educational toys, stationery and tables and chairs. Next we delivered the fortified porridge and then we had a very busy week with two ladies from Scotland who came for two weeks to mentor all our teachers. Read more about that later.