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Monday, 24 July 2017

Project Update: Village of Hope’s pursuit of full registration as a Child and Youth Care Centre.

Project Update: Village of Hope

Since having joined the Thembalitsha team in 2015, Tim Afrika, Project Manager had been tasked with the possibility of exploring Village of Hopes registration with the Department of Social Development.

In this time, trying to understand the registration process, Tim made contact with DSD’s regional head, Mr Jurine Blankenberg who had advised the exploration of various options while studying legislation. VOH was introduced to an array of Mr Blankenberg’s colleagues and fellow social workers within in the greater Grabouw area, resulting in well-established working relationships with all social work organisations, which we now hold today.

After a lengthy process, the application documents had been delivered to the DSD offices on the 21st September 2015 after which we received conditional registration for the 28th July 2016, which was then later extended to the 30th of June 2017. This July, Village of Hope has been granted full registration as a Child and Youth Care Centre until 30th June 2020. 

·      We are now entitled to apply for funding from the DSD. The funding covers costs per child and a part of the salary of the social worker. Thereafter a certain percentage (8% – 10%) would go towards administration costs.

·      VOH will form part of DSD's quarterly engagements where a host of topics are discussed; funding cycles, centralised admission systems, behavioural challenges of children, an extension of court orders etc.

·      VOH will have access to various support services from DSD.

·      VOH will be invited to training workshops, seminars etc.

I need to acknowledge Mr Blankenberg for his knowledge of registration processes as well and the contacts he holds in DSD, as well as Barbara and Lameez for researching information and contacting our associates for a letter of support, scanning loads of documentation, and safely storing all the information. It is because of all of this, that today we have blue prints of all these processes.”       Tim Afrika

Friday, 21 July 2017

Mandela Day 2017!

"It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now." – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela dedicated 67 years of his life to help improve our country and make the world a better place. It was suggested we take 67 minutes out of our day and dedicate that time and effort and do our best to help improve conditions in our community and furthermore, our country. Mandela's Birthday is known as Mandela Day, a devotion to service. 

 At Thembalitsha we had quite a buzz of activity on Tuesday, 18 July 2017:

·    Imperial Managed Logistics, as well as family and friends of Mama Themba, gave a fresh look to an old fence at Mama Themba with a lick of paint. Dulux Somerset West also contributed to this by keeping material costs to a minimum.
·    HML Strand worked at Agape Educare, where they assisted with the sanding and varnishing of our little learner’s classrooms and also cleaned the beds in the vegetable gardens.
·    The One Day Only team was at the School of Hope, where they assisted with repainting some of the school walls in addition to their extremely generous donation and installation of interactive whiteboards for the classrooms.
·    Graceland pre school will have the staff from Devon Valley Hotel visiting them on Monday when they reopen for term 3. They will be spoiling the staff and children with some lovely food treats.
·    Graceland – Representatives of Melissa’s food store visited our school and brought some decadent fairy cakes as a treat for the staff and children.
·    At Village of Hope, Sentech donated an array of items; from clothes and shoes to kitchen curtains. They also assisted in fixing the outdoor play track, cutting down trees, painting cupboards and room walls, providing a new TV aerial, cupboards and mirrors for the children's bathroom. They bought cricket stumps, bats and balls and had a fun game with the children.
o   Fruitways donated soap powder, toilet rolls, sweets as well as vegetables. The group also cooked a lovely pot of stew for the children, did some weeding and tidying in the vegetable gardens and also chopped wood for the wood fires in our children’s unit.
o   HML donated much-needed blankets, toilet rolls and soap powder as well as a spoil of sweets and snacks, quiche and cartons of drink.
o   The children were also spoilt with a trip to Disney on Ice.
o   Village of Hope and ThembaCare were blessed with 67 delicious Houw Hoek
     Farmstall pies. 

We would just like to thank all those involved in taking #actionagainstpoverty this Mandela Day and offering your time and generosity to the Thembalitsha Foundation, we have been so blessed.