Mandela Day

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67 sterilised cats & dogs

Aiming to sterilise 67 dogs and cats in underprivileged areas, the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) is involved in all aspects of animal welfare.  This Mandela Day, the AACL will use MySchool funds to collect animals for sterilisation at its hospital across seven outreach areas.  Once the surgeries are complete, the much-loved pets are returned to their caring owners who otherwise couldn’t afford the procedure.

As well as visiting underprivileged areas with a fully equipped mobile clinic and running welfare hospitals for lower income groups, the AACL shelters abandoned animals with an efficient adoption programme and prosecutes cases of animal cruelty, while promoting animal welfare at schools and clubs. 

 

Making toys to delight

Making toys to delight

For Cotlands, play time is a great way to give children access to resources that help them reach their developmental milestones. It’s also why, this Mandela Day, Cotlands will fund its Toy Making workshop with MySchool funds.

Cotlands is an early childhood development organisation that addresses education and social crises through early learning playgroups and toy libraries. With its goal of making 150-200 toys over two days, Cotlands will use these improvised toys as a cost effective way to serve under-resourced communities that care for vulnerable children aged birth to six.

 

A playschool refresh

A playschool refresh

For the community of Folokwe Village in the Eastern Cape, a new satellite preschool will change the lives of young children who live in the poorest municipality in the nation. In celebration of the education causes that were always dear to the heart of our beloved late President, MySchool funds will be used to renovate classrooms and buy educational materials needed to grow young minds.

Bulungula Incubator’s goal is to help create vibrant, sustainable rural communities through education, ongoing health and nutrition programmes and the creation of sustainable livelihoods. By running projects that work closely with traditional and elected leaders in local communities, Bulungula helps train parents, provide training for Early Childhood Development teachers, identify children with disabilities or learning barriers, while supporting other programmes for children who graduate from its preschools.

 

The travelling toy library

The travelling toy library

For 40 informal crèches in the poorest communities in George, the monthly visit by the Travelling Toy Library is a highlight. Every month, a qualified school teacher visits these home-based crèches to teach carers how to use educational toys, while rotating a toy box full of goodies so children get to use new toys each month. Set up by the George Child and Family Welfare Society, to support crèches that keep children safe and off the streets, the funds raised by MySchool this Mandela Day will be used to boost the toy library.

Although focused largely on casework, George Child and Family Welfare society is involved in community development and group work. Its aim is to help traumatised families and children through training, child abuse awareness and education to support the people who help children. Services include family and play therapy, crisis support, recreational and educational groups, and training helps address children’s needs. Thanks to projects like the Travelling Toy Library, results show that children who attend these crèches are better prepared when they start grade 1.

 

67 brand new blankets

67 brand new blankets

Young learners at Outeniqua Primary School are excited this Mandela Day to hand out 67 brand new blankets to the ‘Wikkel Wurms’ – a department at the Bethesda Child and Youth Care Centre facility for vulnerable and orphaned children.

The project will see learners give each preschool child a new blanket, while they play and have fun with the children and throw a celebratory party.

 

Building book libraries

Building book libraries

For children who come from low socio-economic backgrounds, books are often seen as a low priority when it comes to spending. That’s why Nthando Home of Safety is using its MySchool funds to build its current story book library this Mandela day. The literacy programme is aimed at vulnerable children at The Ark School in Mfuleni, to provide level 1-5 readers and educational books to enable children to take 3-5 books home to read with parents and encourage bonding and to foster better relationships.

Nthando Home of Safety, in the heart of Somerset West, cares for children who have been abused and abandoned in a safe and nurturing environment. Loved and cherished by their house mother, these children receive counselling, education stimulation and assessments. Now working alongside The Ark School, Nthando’s team are working with grade R learners to provide occupational therapy while equipping the crèche and teachers.

 

Comfort for child victims

Comfort for child victims

Every year around 500 child sexual abuse victims are referred to PATCH Child Abuse Centre, the only organisation in the Helderberg area of Cape Town specialising in prevention of treatment services for children from birth to 18 years.

Through its 24-hour crisis centre at its PATCH Somerset West office, almost 200 children are supported through medico-legal examinations to collect DNA evidence where a possible rape is suspected. To reduce their risk of contracting HIV, pregnancy and/or STDs, it is vital to provide preventative prophylaxis treatment by the on-call doctor within a 72-hour period. For child victims at PATCH, packs contain toiletries, stationery and a special gift to comfort young victims after a traumatic ordeal.

 

New look classroom

New look classroom

As a no-fees school, Aldinville Primary is severely under resourced. This Mandela Day, Aldinville Primary School can look forward to a fresh new look as MySchool funds are used to paint a classroom with staff volunteers.

The school is about 30 minutes from the centre of Durban, with 1200 learners excluding Grade R children. Providing schooling to children, many of whom who stay with relatives, learners include some 50 orphans, of whom 32 are in child-headed households.