67 Minutes for Madiba

17th Jul 2015

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s  birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.

It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”. It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

The message behind Mandela Day is simple – each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. If each one of us heeded the call to simply do good every day, we would be living Nelson Mandela’s legacy and helping to build a country of our dreams. The baton of leadership has been handed over to us. It is in our hands now to make a positive difference.

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SAVE Foundation has compiled a few ideas for Mandela day projects you are invited to participate in with us on Saturday 18 July.These are by no means the only options – the sky is the limit, so please feel free to tell us if you have any ideas of your own or if these inspire you. We are happy to customise projects based on group size, team requirements, budget or any other factor. SAVE Foundation is involved with several projects and as such, ideas are listed per project:

Sarah’s crèche

One of our first projects, Sarah’s crèche is conveniently located on the outskirts of Dunoon, directly opposite a MyCiti bus stop. Perfect for the transport challenged groups! Playground clean-up and maintenance. This involves physical labour and minimal financial output. Participants will assist with picking up broken glass and other harmful and unsightly rubbish. Lawn clean-up which will require the rental of an industrial hedge cutter (“weed eater”).

Painting The building could benefit greatly from a spruce up. A lick of paint, perhaps even some child-friendly murals can help create a warm and inviting atmosphere for the little ones!

Classroom revamp and clean-up

The classrooms are in constant use and can do with a good scrub-down. Toys require cleaning, tables can be scrubbed of the crayon and paint marks left by creative play and returned to almost new Classrooms can also be painted to pretty them up a bit! Resources are welcome such as new educational posters which can be a fun project for office staff who don’t get their creative side stimulated often!

Babes Educare
Babes is situated on the main road inside the township of Dunoon. It educates around 100 children.
Although we have recently invested quite a bit in this project, there are still a variety of things to do
here!

Outside playground

This particular project is our first choice for a company who can contribute a bit of a financial budget. The children here have absolutely NO outdoor play area! The only space they have is behind the building but it is not fenced and as a result, passing neighbours use it as a dumping spot for broken bottles and various rubbish. We have cleaned it several times but as it is not enclosed, it is returned to a messy state after every weekend. A little bit of fencing can go a LONG way here to ensuring the children can develop all areas including their physical development. They can blow off a bit of steam between learning activities and just enjoy a bit of sunshine! This project will require budget for fencing poles, fencing and cement to secure the fencing poles in the ground. There will also be quite a bit of clean up but it will benefit the little ones tremendously! It is the one hurdle stopping this school from completing their registration process and becoming a well-run and qualified Early Childhood Development center.

Classroom revamp and clean-up

The classrooms are in constant use and can do with a good scrub-down. Toys require cleaning, tables can be scrubbed of the crayon and paint marks left by creative play and returned to almost new Resources are welcome such as new educational posters which can be a fun project for office staff who don’t get their creative side stimulated often!

Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope is situated a little deeper in Dunoon but still very safe for all participants! It is in an enclosed square made up of containers which serve as classrooms. The school was beautifully revamped by Hand in Hand Afrika, a Swiss organisation who assists, revamps and builds preschools in the Western Cape.

Classroom revamp and clean-up

The classrooms are in constant use and can do with a good scrub-down. Toys require cleaning, tables can be scrubbed of the crayon and paint marks left by creative play and returned to almost new Resources are welcome such as new educational posters which can be a fun project for office staff who don’t get their creative side stimulated often!

Fencing outdoors

The building suffers a bit of vandalism and access to the children is unhindered by anything other than a standard front door. The Principal of the school would really like to have a very small area fenced to add a little extra between the children and the community. The budget would need to be supplied by the company participating.

Elundini School for disabled children

This very special school provides the ONLY facilities for impoverished children with either physical or mental disabilities in our greater area. SAVE Foundation is in the process of building a brick school for them but in the interim, they are situated in an abandoned clinic in the main road of Dunoon. Neglected classrooms, uneven playground, inappropriate classroom access and gaping holes in the paving are all hindrances which put the children in jeopardy every day! As we are seeking funds for the new school (Please enquire about this tax-deductible project should you be able to assist towards our goal – very affordable project participation options are available!) we do not want extensive capital outlays here and with minimal maintenance budgets, we can make a real and tangible difference to these disadvantaged children.

Budget based projects

Fixing up of indoor spaces

Many of the “classrooms” have broken cupboard doors, no cupboard doors, holes in the partitioning, dangling cables, broken pipes, cracked windows and so forth. With a small financial investment, these little problems can be addressed and the building would be much better suited to its current purpose.

Lawn and garden clean-up With just some basic equipment hire, we can cut back the tall grass, clean up the retaining wall garden and clean up under the tree in the playground. The terrain is mottled by boulders, poles and other unknown items hidden beneath overgrown lawn which makes it inappropriate and unusable as it poses a danger to the children. This can be combined with the budget free option of terrain levelling below

Revamping the severely disabled room

Star class is where the severely disabled kids (who are mostly bed-bound) spend their days. The classroom desperately needs a bit of “happiness”. Some new child friendly linen, collapsible sides on the beds that can keep the kids from falling out of bed but allow caregivers to put it down when putting the kids in or taking them out of bed and a few other basics can contribute greatly to their quality of life! Around 12 kids share 4 beds and they are so old and covered with hand-me-down linen received as donations, they don’t provide a bright and welcoming feel. A few mobiles hung from the ceiling or some bright posters can provide focal points for these bed-bound kiddies ranging in age from 1 to 14. We also desperately need toys (such as baby toys providing light and sound stimulation) and new custom wheelchairs for these special babies.

Tables and chairs

The disabled children are currently working off lap desks which are not suitable to their disabilities. Around 15 older children and 12 young ones require tables and chairs where they can be seated to do stimulating activities appropriate for their development.

Non-financial, labour based projects

Terrain levelling

The clinic was abandoned a long time ago and rubble, rubbish, branches and other unknown objects have become overgrown with lawn. As a result, the play terrain is completely uneven and has already resulted in twisted ankles and other minor injuries. We require a team of people to get in there, lift the grass, locate hidden “treasures” and return the grass on a level surface more suitable for a playground.

Gap filling

Literally getting soil from one area and using it to fill uneven terrain around the paved playground and between buildings so the children are not at risk of falling and wheelchairs can be used to bring the children outside for some fresh air. The severely disabled children live their whole lives stuck in a bed or chair indoors. We try and bring them outside, push them around, play with them and just let them feel some fresh air on their cheeks! Some children like a little blind girl desperately needs to regain a bit of independence but we cannot let her push herself around with the holes they currently have! Should you be interested in any of these projects and require additional information, please contact the undersigned and we can customise and discuss budgets and logistical requirements.

Should you be interested in any of these projects and require additional information, please contact the undersigned and we can customise and discuss budgets and logistical requirements.

Carla Ferreira

SAVE Foundation

083 669 69 59

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