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Thank you Grootbos Foundation

Our afterschool work shops are open and with the help of our friends from the grootbos foundation we are keeping it safe. Thank you for the DONATION of 4 thermometers to each of our facilitators in Gansbaai and Stanford. These thermometers will help us to monitor the children who participate in ththe groups and keep

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Thank you Butterfly Art Project

Thank you to our friends from the Butterfly Art Project in Cape Town for donating 100 ‘Florence and Watson’ activity treasure booklets to the children in Stanford and Masakhane. The booklets are for kids from grades 1 to 5 and offer a beautiful game , many challenges, tips and inspiration to the children. Themes are

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Open Workshops

” Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear , an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia Our creative, community based workshops are open again. Thank you to our facilitation team for

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Mobile Book and Toy libraries for children in the Overstrand

“All the flowers of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today” Indian proverb Over the past few months we have learned a lot!!  We have seen that relationships matter, that children possess an intrinsic inner drive to learn and grow even in the most difficult of circumstances, and…  that when we support each other through challenging

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Lockdown Art Competition

In the framework of our activity pack initiative we have been running a lock down art competition over the past few weeks. Children are encouraged to draw pictures from their lives and send them to us. The aim is not to find the best picture. It is to create a platform for telling stories through

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Lockdown Activities

The Creative Works team has been putting together activity packs for Stanford and Masakhane since the start of the lock down in March. The aim for the packs is to keep children in under resourced communities safely engaged with stimulating activities at home. Over the past few months, we have packed and delivered more than

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Early Learning Program at Die Bron Primary

We started the year with getting to know the grade R learners that are referred by their teachers into our program. We have been screening the children and through this process identifying each child’s needs, strengths and motivation. We are then formalising small groups suitable to the children’s personality and developmental stage. In the groups

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Family Health Awareness Day

We participated in the Western Cape education department child and family health awareness day at Gansbaai Primary in Blompark on Saturday 18th of January. Thank you to Valenzia Mackenzie for inviting us to this great initiative. Everyone came together to offer activities, services and information to the community. Teachers, parents, educators, clinic sisters, education department

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Welcome to 2020

Reflections on our Work and Dreams of what lies ahead … “It is possible to cause seemingly biochemical changes through human emotional involvement. You literally have changed his chemistry by being his friend.” Steve Lopez,The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music. This quote makes me think about our

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End of year outing

Our end of year outing with the after school groups (Grade 4 and 5) was fun and we all enjoyed a walk and picnic at Stanford Hills farm. Thank you to Stanford Hills for making the farm available to our groups. The outings are always ugly anticipated by the children in our groups as they

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