The Simunye Project has created sustainable and lasting change in people and communities. We work with a few rather than many communities and aim to take them to a level where they can begin to provide for themselves.
Our focus is on the following key areas:
1. Ikhaya Le Themba – Hout Bay, Cape Town
Making connections with the local people as well as doing physical labour is part of the project.
In 2016 we formed a relationship with Ikhaya Le Themba. This is an after care program that offers care and support to orphaned and vulnerable children and their families from the Imizamo Yetho informal settlement in Hout Bay. Susan Hill is the current director of the program. In 2016 and 2017 we donated 160 care packs, built a vegetable garden, refurbished the jungle gym, and donated clothing, toys, sports equipment, books and games to the project. But most importantly we connected with the children and teachers of the community to form ongoing relationships by showing we love and care for them.
2. Eco Children in Nursery, Relaxation
In 2016 we formed a partnership with Corne Havenga who is the CEO of “Eco Children” which is a non-profit organisation focussing on hands on environmental education. Their aim is to empower children in their awareness of conservation, so that they can improve their own learning environment and future lives. In two years we built 18 keyhole gardens and planted hundreds of vegetables. These will provide education and food for local families.
3. “A Spring of Hope Foundation” in Mpumelanga
This is a non-profit organisation that looks at what kind of adversity students in the rural areas of South Africa face and provide support to schools by providing water tanks, wells and water systems, permaculture gardens and sustainable classrooms to rural schools in need. In 2016 and 2017 they assisted us at Maranatha Creche where we painted classrooms, built jungle gyms and erected a 400m fence to keep animals and goats off the property. We also donated games, toys, books and clothing to people of this community. In 2018 we are hoping to build a classroom as they only currently have one classroom for over 60 students.
Further study scholarships for teachers, school and university students, teacher salaries, educational resource, school bags, uniforms and stationary.
Partner with the founder of e’Pap, Basil Kransdorff to provide a feeding scheme that is rich in healing nutrients. We also build kitchens and vegetable gardens and provide boreholes. The project builds eco friendly toilet facilities to ensure clean sanitation. Food and care packs are also donated once a year. To 180 families.
New buildings (classrooms), storage containers, renovations, playground equipment (climbing frames and low ropes courses).
These are just some of the things we contributed on a recent trip:
- cleaning classrooms
- improving storage facilities
- installing shelving
- fixing countless desks
- delivery of school furniture
- lunch and snacks for over 200 hundred children each day
- run classes
- a years salary for kindergarten teacher at Tshepang
- sponsorship of 8 Year 12 students (school fees, uniforms, books)
- donation of money to carers at Tshepang
- 300 solar lights
- sewing group to make uniforms and toiletry bags for the kindergarten
- renovating the sewing and training rooms
- kitchen renovation
- new cutlery and crockery so that all children could be catered for at once
- local welder was employed to make burglar bars for the windows.
- pay for the delivery of ePap
- 220 food hampers
- resume writing
- low ropes course was added to
- fitness stations were put in place
- shade cloth was erected next to the kindergarten
- Simunye bought a container which we are lending to Gertrude
- secured shade cloth to the container (now a classroom)
- built benches
- outdoor kitchen
- hire builders to construct a 5m by 5m classroom and veranda
- pay for the construction of two ‘enviro loos’
- developing teachers’ teaching methodology
- Epap was delivered
- teaching materials and furniture for the day care centre
- vegetable garden
- fixed the playground and added to it
- burglar bars were put up across windows
- supplies of food and educational equipment were donated.
- one year’s worth of fees to Silence so that she could get the next level of qualification in child care.
- construction of a chicken coop