Love and Care is in a new and welcome phase as Aurelia is able to share some of the responsibility with her new Board of Governors who are really interested in Love and Care becoming a bona fida pre-school for children. Aurelia has for the past 12 years been principal, fund raiser, curriculum developer, parent liaison, emergency child care worker, networker with agencies and government departments, teacher, buyer of food and other supplies, building supervisor and repair supervisor, financial reporter, landlady and on and on. It was much more than was possible to keep on top of. Love and Care is getting ready for registration with the social development department and once this is done there will be some regular monthly funds which will pay teachers and other staff. The second building on the property which houses the classrooms was built by an Irish builder who used poor materials and ultimately left the country without finishing. Aurelia has, as small funds have come in, been fixing up what he left behind.
I am hoping we can raise funds in Canada to get everything ready to pass health regulations and building safety. The property must also be transferred from agricultural zoning to school.
Please put out the word and let’s gather CA$12,000 which should do it. Let me know if you have some leads.
Khayelitsha Grief and Loss Project is in its fourth year and they plan on reaching 800 children in 2016 providing 10 week support groups for children who have lost someone they love. The faci;itators are also able to identify children in dire need of clothing a school supplies. The funds from Canada go through VIDEA (Victoria International Development Education Association). Nontobeko decided to add trauma first aid this year so I provided a workshop to some of the facilitators and youth (there were cute babies there as well. They were really impressed at the sense of calm they experienced and said, “It was definitely useful and the children will really benefit.”
Nontobeko is applying to another funder as well and if she gets the funding then 1500 children should benefit. Schools are asking for more groups, children who have been in groups are wanting more emotional support. Both are saying children are more able to learn because of these groups so are doing better at school. Check out the Khayelitsha website (in process)
I head to the Ukulapha Project next for 2 weeks with Angie, a friend from Cowichan and after that 2 weeks in Zimbabwe, so til then I wish you a warm heart and a healthy body.
Love and blessings