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Director’s Update

Much has happened at FLP since the last report from my desk.  It continues to inspire me and the entire FLP Team to see the commitment to Literacy from our rural communities.  The Families continue to share information and skills that they have gained in our FLP Group Sessions with their neighbours, thereby inspiring their surrounding Community Members to visit our Libraries and encourage their children to attend Home Visiting Sessions and join our Book Clubs.

Below is a list of some of the highlights:

  1. Asessment of the Philangethemba Molweni Community –Florence Molefe and Jill Frow recently assessed the 12 Molweni Community ladies and Community Members that we have been training and supporting in the Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Programme. The Assessment “Workshops” were very well supported.

The findings of this very successful intervention are being written up and will be made available on our website.

It has been encouraging to see how the Molweni Community has grasped the Khulisa model and made it their own by adapting it to their unique circumstances, but still ensuring that the integrity of the evidence-based intervention remains.

  1. Internship Programme– The FLP Internship Programme has been very busy with Specialist Training from Autism South Africa for a week in “Early Identification, Early Intervention Strategies”, Curriculum Development Project Arts and Culture Education and Training for a week in the “Creative Approach to Using African Music in ECD Programmes” where each attendee was supplied with a Marimba set that is being used extensively in sites and ongoing in-service training in approaches to diagnosing and assisting struggling readers/Learners through Plasticine Play, Lego Blocks, Toe by Toe Reading Intervention, Word Works Educational Games, use of the African Storybook Project Reading books developed for Foundation Phase Readers and other strategies that have proven to be successful in assisting Learners reach their potential. The Interns work with children in Grade R to 3 to assist them to remediate developmental lags and, with Jacqueline and Snoxolo, to identify areas that need attention early on and intervene to assist academic progress. We are working closely with St Appolinaris Hospital Therapists, Pholela Special Needs School and other rural schools to identify, train and develop parents and staff to be better prepared to assist and work with learners with special educational needs.
  2. “Enter Another World – Reach Out and Read” Pilot Programme –The African Storybook Project books, many of which FLP staff developed and authored, are printed in beautiful colour and now form part of our Home Visiting Programme, Library Stock and Reading Programmes in Goxhill, Camanga and Underberg School. Once the print run is complete, the books will be in all FLP sites, Schools where we run Reading Programmes and in homes visited as part of the Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Programme.  The FLP sewing ladies are busy completing the “Hanging Libraries” to adorn the walls of the beautiful huts.   These 76, brand new Foundation Phase Zulu titles, have been very well received.  Children and adults alike are reading them.  It is exciting that FLP Staff and Learners have been able to contribute to the national stock of Zulu children’s books where there is such a great need for local language books to keep first language readers inspired and excited to read!
  1. Community Stories – “The Power of Strong” In keeping with the FLP goal of valuing and recording traditional stories and fireside tales, Jill Frow, Florence Molefe and Zimbili Dlamini recently conducted sessions at Lotheni, where there is a highly regarded Gogo that comes and regales all with her stories at FLP Special Days.  She has been such an inspiration, that many a pre-school learner is confident enough to stand up and tell stories to groups in the Lotheni Community.  Jill recorded the sessions and Zimbili is going to be writing the Tales up to be included on the African Storybook Website – the Young Pre-schooler is busy with her illustrations which we hope to include as part of the book.

We are collecting autobiographies from all FLP Interns, with the aim of one day publishing these to inspire others to set goals for themselves that will stretch them beyond circumstances and comfort zones.

  1. Protective Behaviours– The FLP Interns and Staff attended the Protective Behaviours, International Training Hosted by FLP. Hilda O’Callaghan, an ex-South African currently practicing in Australia has developed the material and is an internationally respected Trainer in this very important field. This work forms a very important part of our training – for FLP Staff, Group Members and Community Members.  We are passionate about ensuring that our Communities are made aware of the many dangers facing young children from their birth. As a result of this advocacy, we have had many parents approaching us to intervene as a result of incidents that they were aware of, but did not realise the seriousness and possible long-term impact that these could have if they are not addressed early on.

FLP is committed to providing safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children.  We realise that this requires changing attitudes, behaviors, norms, and policies. We know that even if our Committed FLP facilitators, Educators in the Schools, Homes Visited and Community Leaders are motivated to create this kind of change, we will only see significant results when the idea garners the support of the larger community and its leaders. Thus, at FLP, our efforts to prevent child maltreatment (CM) and promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments in our communities requires both community and social commitment. FLP Coordinators and Staff sit on various Tribal Councils, War Rooms, Municipality Forums and Reference Committees to get this message across to the broadest audience possible.

This commitment does not stop at awareness, but moves along a continuum from awareness of the problems to solutions. When raising awareness is mentioned, many organizations’ default to very basic information such as stating that child maltreatment (CM) is a problem and that it is bad for children. Most people already know and accept these facts. What we emphasis as critical at FLP in this step, is communicating something that we hope will bring new supporters into the fold. We understand that to do this, we will need to continue to strive to do this in a way that our community members, leaders, and decision-makers both understand and value.

(Research has shown that the consequences of CM can last a lifetime and include negative impacts on social, emotional and physicalhealth. We can reduce the leading causes of illness and death in our community by assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for our children.) 

Asifunde Sonke – Teacher’s Training College. Student portfolios are complete and the entire Fourth intake of students is awaiting results once their portfolios are returned from Wits.  It is inspiring to note that there have been over 98 Students that have been trained at the College from as far afield as the Eastern Cape!

At Asifunde Sonke we are committed to ensuring quality delivery of a  tried and tested, Nationally Certified Academic Programme.  In addition, we mentor the students, by placing them into Noah’s Ark and Underberg Mastery Unit, on a full-time basis where they work as teaching aides, paired with Educators that have vast experience in their respective fields.  This mentoring ensures that once they graduate, they carry not only an Academic skillset, but a social skillset that empowers them to enter a classroom confidently, having learnt from experts in the field!

  1. Visitors
  • Sarah Rennie – Grindrod Family Centenary Trust
  • Hilda O’Callaghan – Protective Behaviors Foundation Australia;
  • Uwe Cohrs and Gustav Achtermann – Be Your Own Hero Foundation Germany;
  • Nora Muehling – Office of the Mayor of Wolfsburg;
  • Angela Pillay and Anton Krone – Save Act;
  • Andrew Pitt – Clouds of Hope;
  • Leigh Lippert – Klanderhoek Children’s Home;
  • Darin Marais – Australia
  1. Thank you

Thank you to all the friends of FLP.  Your advice, support and visits are what keep us inspired and motivated to carry on so passionately.  It is great to know that we enjoy such wonderful body of support from all over the planet!

Pierre Horn

Continue reading Director’s Update

Directors Quarterly Report

FLP have started the new year very motivated to continue developing a love of reading in their communities.  At the end of 2016, as a Team, we conducted various exercises and evaluated the programmes that we offer.  Success was praised and changes necessary to deepen the impact of our programmes, were discussed at length.  As a Team, what emerged are a set of guidelines that have informed our approach in 2017.  For each of the Projects we are engaged in, new goals were added to existing goals, along with the rigorous work required to assist achieving these.  Reflection activities were designed to assist us in evaluating progress towards achieving these goals.  It has been an inspiration to receive feedback in Field Visits and Team meetings as to the progress towards these goals

 

Below is a list of some of the highlights:

 

  1. Sharing the work that we all do: 
    1. Colorado Council of the International Reading Association Conference (CCIRA):

For the 50’th anniversary of CCIRA, FLP was invited to present on “Ingredients for Culturally Responsive Teaching”, as well “International Partnerships” and the benefit to Literacy Development.

It was a privilege for us to be invited to present with expert educators, in Denver Colorado.  The session was fully subscribed and valuable interaction ensued in the question and answer slot of the presentation.  It was good to have 2 Educators, Jan Killick and Judy Casey attend the conference as they have both worked with FLP in the past.

In Addition to this presentation, FLP shared about the community work we do, particularly through our Libraries and Reading Groups.   The Foreign Affiliate Grant was established by CCIRA to encourage the sharing of best practice between, amongst others, FLP and CCIRA experts.  I look forward to the training partnerships that we are currently working on with CCIRA.

  1. Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA) – Boston:

From Colorado, I travelled to Boston to present about FLP’s Community Libraries and the African Storybook Project (ASP).  It was a privilege to be hosted at Primary Source and present to members of MRA, Educators and Rotarians from Boston.  Judith Baker presented about ASP and the value of the work FLP has done in collecting, translating and motivating the writing of Zulu stories in our rural communities.  The stories produced and their use in the FLP Groups and Libraries aroused interest amongst attendees with many offering to assist with translating the stories into minority languages in the USA to be used in Schools there.  Frances Jefferies, a Rotarian from Boston, shared about the partnership that they have with FLP through MRA and the benefits that FLP derives from Rotary support.

  1. Children’s Chance for Life & Generation Joy Organisation – Seattle

I was invited to Present at schools in the Seattle School District with whom we have a partnership – we have worked together for 13 years.  It was an inspiration to see the student led clubs working towards collecting resources for FLP and supporting our reading and literacy endeavours.

A presentation was done for Teeter International, as one of FLP’s major funders.  All staff were present and the CEO spoke about their contribution to development in SA and particularly their relationship to, and support of, FLP.   

 

  1. Philangethemba Molweni Community – FLP started training 12 ladies from Molweni Community for the Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Programme.  This initiative is a partnership between FLP and St Agnes Church, which has developed a Community Centre in Molweni.  The introductory 2-day workshop was very well supported, with prospective Home Visitors excitedly receiving their bags, containing their Educational toys and Books, and venturing off into their community to commence their ECD Home Visits.  It was encouraging to see that the African Storybook Project books, that FLP produced, piloted and translated, form part of the pack of books that would accompany the Home Visitors into the homes they would begin visiting regularly.

 

  1. FLP Literacy Campaigns – To promote the FLP libraries and make communities feel at home and visit more often, we constantly run special days where we advertise events at the libraries where all are encouraged to visit and promote reading and storytelling. We hosted Home Visitors for a picnic where they met with FLP Coordinators and Facilitators to discuss their home visit, the families visited, the challenges faced and significant change that they have seen in the families that they visit.  Games get played, songs sung and ideas shared.  Other members of the community get invited to see what the programme does and thereby promote similar practices in their homes and communities.

The National Read Aloud Day was celebrated in the FLP sites, schools and Libraries.  Members of the community, teens and emergent readers all had an opportunity to read a Nali’bali story aloud, or if they were illiterate, to be read to.  3798 readers participated in this campaign.

 

  1. “Enter Another World – Read” Programme Pilot – FLP Teaching Interns, that have been trained by Shelley O’Carrol from Wordworks and the Underberg Mastery Unit, are working on foundation phase reading skills in 3 rural schools in Goxhill, Camanga and Underberg School. The Reading Programme aims to make reading fun and provide remediation to struggling readers.  A baseline assessment was conducted and monitoring is taking place.  We are confident that this intervention – 3 days per week in each school – of Intern based reading and 2 days of personal reading, will develop the confidence and ability of readers in the schools.  We aim to promote reading as a leisure activity and not a punitive school practice.  This is done by using dramatization, read aloud sessions with questions and bright books in local languages.  The African Storybook Project Books are being printed and will be placed in corner libraries in these schools.

 

  1. The new FLP Kwabhidla Community Library: This project is now firmly back on track. The Ingonyama Trust has extended the lease.  We have received the Lease Documents from Ingonyama and are anxious to start construction!  We are extremely grateful to the Daitz Foundation and Project Build for their continued support in this initiative.  They have approved a new budget that considers the delays and thus the library will meet the specs originally planned when the initiative was begun. The construction of FLP’s newest Community Library will begin in 2017.

Director’s Quarterly Report

All that we are able to achieve at FLP is as a result of the phenomenal Team that I am privileged to be surrounded by, as well as the funders that passionately support Family Literacy in Southern Africa. I would like to begin by congratulating the FLP Team for their resilience, focus, commitment to developing their communities and selfless way that they make themselves available to all. Many of our staff have been with us from early 2000 and thus bring with them a wealth of experiential knowledge, ensuring that we remain relevant in the communities that we serve.

Below is a list of the highlights:

1. Community Work Programme – Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting: After a protracted set of negotiations and intensive planning, we are very happy to announce that FLP and our CWP partners, the Dhladhla Foundation, will revive the Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Programme in the Ubhuhlubezwe and Ingwe Municipalities. We are confident that this valuable programme, which came to a very untimely end when our previous partners were not reappointed, will continue to provide families in isolated rural communities with opportunities to learn through play, develop a love for reading and develop the confidence to engage their children as their first teachers. Dhladhla is very committed and has appointed a phenomenal team to work with FLP. Thank you must be extended to the Dhladhla Team, LIMA and our Programme Coordinators, Zimbili Dlamini and Florence Molefe, for patiently attending multiple meetings and motivating the value that this programme represents to families. The 75 appointed Home Visitors will, after being trained by FLP, visit 4 homes each, once a week – that represents 300 homes! Many of these homes have 4 -5 children that attend these sessions.

2. Evaluation of the Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Programme: Linda Biersteker recently completed a very intensive evaluation of the FLP Khulisa Abantwana, Home Visiting Programme. Her insightful and experienced research has inspired us to focus more of our attention on some key themes: conducting more home visits – her recommendation is that we visit each family once per week (for this we need to raise additional funds), more reading with adults and children, undertaking research into traditional and local ECD practices and providing more opportunities for families to regularly engage in reading and play activities with children. The full evaluation is available online on the Family Literacy Project website.

3. Uthando Doll Makers Workshop: From 6 to 9 June, a group of Unthando Doll Makers, from Australia, visited FLP in order to visit our Libraries, accompany Home Visitors to homes as well as run a 2 day, doll making workshop for Facilitators, Coordinators, Interns and Community members. Much fun was had by all attendees, with many having returned since, to show us the dolls that they have since made. Phumy and Zimbili, FLP Coordinators, have since conducted workshops at our libraries, where they taught teens how to make dolls for siblings and themselves. As most of the homes we visit have very few toys or none at all, these dolls are a wonderful resource. It is so endearing to watch boys and girls play with the culturally appropriate dolls with such affection and concentration. The dolls never fail to bring a smile to the saddest of faces when they are removed from the Home Visitor’s bags.

4. Underberg Himeville Arts Festival – (30 September to 2 October): During the Festival period, we will use 2 of the FLP Libraries as venues for local poets, authors and artists to run workshops and intimate readings and talks, “Conversations that matter…” where we hope to inspire and develop poets and authors in the rural areas where we work. The hub of the festival will be the Himeville Museum, where workshops and discussions will be taking place on Saturday. The Saturday night will see 2 theatre productions, Thola Antamu’s “Saartjie Baartman” and a work by Menzi Mkhwane. Thus far we have confirmations from Uthando Books – they plan to send 2 Authors to go out to the FLP Libraries, Zuki Vutela ( Zookey Zarling), Niq Mhlongo- novelist and short story writer, Malaika wa Azania- writer,Advocate Mkhasibe, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Ike Mboneni Muila, Frank Meintjies, Kwazi Ngklangisa, Nati Ferreira- writer ( English / Afrikaans ), Gary Cummiskey- poet and independent publisher, Thola Antamu- drama. To be confirmed- Nakanjani Sibiya- isiZulu writer; Menzi Mkhwane- drama; Sazi Dlamini, 2 Lesotho poets and Local Authors from Underberg. FLP is excited to be a key part of the inaugural “Arts Festival” as it will bring published authors to our libraries to meet directly with their readers and encourage them in their literary endeavours. We are aspiring to make this an annual event where we will afford FLP members a platform to showcase their skills

5. International visit from Zoe Sylvester, Head of York House UK: Zoe Sylvester, visited FLP in July and August in order to provide training and explore avenues for future partnering. Zoe brought suitcases of the most beautiful books for our Home Visitors and has indicated that she will continue to collect educational toys and books for FLP. We are excited about twinning with York House and the opportunities that this will present for the Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Programme as well as Toy Libraries that we are developing in all of our sites.

6. FLP Training DVD Series: Donovan Fletcher and a group of aspirant Film Makers from Clifton Film School, Clifton College, were commissioned to develop a series of training DVD’s for FLP. Filming and editing has already begun for the first episode in the series, where the Family Literacy Project’s work is introduced. Women’s Day saw FLP working on translations for the subtitles as well as editing the footage. I am amazed at the beautiful images that these young men have captured for us. We are confident that this project will produce footage that will benefit us and our partners greatly. (The FLP Home Visiting DVD’s we currently have, are used regularly by other NGO’s in order to train Home Visitors.)

7. Family Literacy Project Community Library’s Holiday Programme: Many children attended our library’s special programme during the holidays in order to join in the many fun reading and craft activities.

Lotheni Library:  Many children attended the holiday programme at the library and even some parents came along with their children. There was a doll making workshop which was done with the teenagers in the community. Parents were very happy about that as they said their children can`t use a needle so they are happy that they began to learn sewing skills. 96 children attended the holiday programme and 92 books were borrowed in that week.

Stepmore library:  There were 131 children visited the library during the holiday Programme. Teenagers came for doll making which they all said was a good skill for them to learn. They enjoyed what they did and continue to come to finish their dolls. 101 books have been borrowed during this month.

Ndodeni library:  This is a centre for children as they don’t have another place to visit in the area, so children spend most of their time in the library. It was so wonderful to see 102 children in the library during the holiday programme, they did different activities with the library assistants and Coordinators. The teenagers making dolls was inspirational to see. Many of them wanted to remain even after the light had faded. (There is no electrification in the areas of Ndodeni and Mpumlwane.)

Mpumlwane Library: Having newspapers and magazines in the library encourages adults to visit the library more often. Some community members come twice a week to read the newspapers and they always bring their children with them to the library. While they read the newspapers, children play with educational toys, get read to, and read themselves. During the Holiday Programme, we had 126 children in the library and 64 books were borrowed.

8. The new FLP Kwabhidla Community Library: The Ingonyama have assured us that they will extend the lease on the property that they have so kindly given to FLP. We are extremely grateful to the Daitz Foundation and Project Build for their continued support in this initiative. We remain optimistic that the construction of FLP’s newest Community Library will begin in 2016.

Director’s Quarterly Report

The FLP Team started the year with renewed vigour and focus.  At our planning and reflection session, Facilitators emphasised how they would like to deepen the impact and “grow” the work FLP does in their respective communities.  I am so encouraged to see how the Facilitators wish to develop their communities through their Adult Groups, Reading and Home Work Clubs, Toddler Groups and the Home Visiting Programme.

Below are some of the highlights:

  1. Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting: FLP Adult Group Members continue to provide much needed ECD, Health and Psychosocial support for homes within their neighbourhoods that have children from 0-6 Years old.  All of the groups have received new books, educational toys and beautiful Uthando Dolls to be used in the Home Visiting Programme.  Almost all of the homes visited have no toys and thus we find that the toys brought by the Home Visitor are very well used, some getting completely worn out in the space of a couple of months.  Uthando Doll Makers from Australia and Tasmania as well as Generation Joy Foundation in the USA have provided beautiful dolls and toys for our groups.

Linda Biersteker is set to begin her evaluation of this programme in May.  We are excited about having her scrutinise this valuable programme and assist FLP to ensure that we are meeting Community expectations and at the same time providing vital educational support to the 0-6 year old children we reach.

  1. Book Sharing:  After an enquiry from Reading University in the UK, I was very privileged to meet the development Psychologist, Professor Lynne Murray – Author of “The Psychology of Babies” and Professor of Psychopathology Peter Cooper, about a Book Sharing Project that they are running in conjunction with Stellenbosch University.  They are extremely enthusiastic about reading to and with children.  They have developed sound, evidence based training material, which they have shared with FLP.  They have expressed interest in our Home Visiting Programme and the model that FLP uses.  We have exchanged material and I am confident that the partnership that we have established will extend our reach and thereby benefit even greater numbers of 0-6 Year Old children.  They are visiting SA again in 2017 and are coming to FLP to visit sites and spend time with the FLP Team.
  1. Underberg Himeville Arts Festival: Kyle Allan, a Drama Teacher and Poet, is hosting an Arts Festival in Underberg from 30 September to 2 October.  He has run various workshops for the FLP Youth in Underberg and Himeville and has offered to assist FLP Drama Groups by running workshops for them.  He wishes to partner with FLP in this Festival endeavour and assist the Drama Groups and Teens with Poetry and performances for the Festival.  What we have proposed is that, over the Festival period, we use the FLP Libraries as venues for local poets, authors and artists to run workshops and intimate readings and talks, “Conversations that matter…” where we hope to inspire and develop the poets and authors in the areas that the FLP Groups and Libraries serve.

Thus far we have confirmations from Uthando Books – they plan to send 2 Authors to go out to the FLP Libraries, Zuki Vutela ( Zookey Zarling), Niq Mhlongo- novelist and short story writer, Malaika wa Azania- writer, Nati Ferreira- writer ( English / Afrikaans ), Gary Cummiskey- poet and independent publisher, Thola Antamu- drama.

To be confirmed-

Nakanjani Sibiya- isiZulu writer; Menzi Mkhwane- drama; 2 Lesotho poets and Local Authors from Underberg.

 It is very exciting that we have been afforded the opportunity to be part of this endeavour as it will bring published authors to our libraries to meet directly with their readers and encourage them in their literacy endeavours.

  1. iThemba Projects: We are excited about a partnership that we have established with iThemba Projects in Hilton. They are a community based ECD NGO that work in the Sweetwaters Community.  They wish to develop a Teacher’s Training Centre, modelled on the Asifunde Sonke Centre.  In addition they have requested to use our Khulisa Abantwana materials in their Home Visiting Programme.  We know that the knowledge exchange programme that we have set up will be mutually beneficial.  
  1. Valley Trust Family Literacy Training: Phumy Zikode and Nomvula Phoswa continue to provide training and support for our partners, Valley Trust in Botha’s Hill just outside Durban.  Phumy and Nomvula continue to travel to meet and train the Valley Trust Facilitators and monitor and evaluate their progress.  The Family Literacy Groups being run by Valley Trust are vibrant and well managed according to the M&E visits that Phumy and Nomvula have made.    
  1. FLP Community Libraries and the Holiday Programme: It has been an exciting month at our FLP libraries during the school holidays. The activities have focused on reading as fun and art and craft.  Children attending the holiday programme engaged in various activities such as the colourful light ray cross, Easter egg paper plate basket, Egg balloons, Easter bunnies, Easter pom-pom, cutting out mini books from the Nal’ibali supplement to take home with them, dramatizations and role play performed from stories that they had read or made up and of course, the read aloud aspect where children listen to stories every day.

In our five community libraries, every term, we run a full day training workshop with library assistants and coordinators. After each holiday we run another workshop to find out what worked well and what problems they encounter during the holiday programme. Many children have been attending the holiday programmes. This term, for the holiday programme, we managed to reach 514 children in all FLP libraries.

  1. The new FLP Kwabhidla Community Library: Unfortunately, this project continues to be delayed.  The Trust has been very accommodating and is awaiting a letter from the funder, the Daitz Foundation, committing to the project, should the 99 year lease be granted by Ingonyama.  Ingonyama have assured us that they will extend the lease upon receipt of this correspondence.  We are extremely grateful to the Daitz Foundation and Project Build for their continued support in this initiative.  We are optimistic that construction of FLP’s newest Community Library will begin in 2016.

 

FLP Arts festival 2016 – Time of the Writer

TIME EVENT TYPE EVENT Participants VENUE
FRIDAY 30 Aug
15h00 onwards Arrival  Guests arriving and shown accom
17h00 – 19h00 Readings, performances   Night of the storytellers  5 min by each guest  Underberg Primary School
19h30 – 21h00  Social meet and greet  FLP
SATURDAY 1 September
08h00 Breakfast for participants Breakfast for participants.
09h00 – 15h30 Market and performances  Fab Fair Market and performances
09h00 – 15h30 Exhibit  Himeville museum heritage exhibition
09h00-09h45 Panel discussion Building a culture of reading and literature in South Africa- challenges, experiences and the way forward. Allan Kolski Horwitz, Niq Mhlongo, Nakanjani Sibiya Himeville Arms Hotel Conference
10h00 – 10h45 Panel discussion The stories we tell- multilingualism, mother tongue and the ownership of words. Himeville Arms Hotel Conference
11h30 – 13h30 Workshop  Workshop and open mic  Allan Kolski Horwitz, Frank Meintjies, Ike Mboneni Muila  Himeville Museum
11h30 – 13 h30 Outreach  Outreach at  FLP library Ndodeni and Gerard Bhengu gallery  Zookey and Niq Mhlongo
11h30 – 13 h30 Outreach  Outreach at FLP Library Lotheni Malaika wa Azania and Kwazi Ndlangisa
14h15 – 15h00 Panel discussion “The Fire We Make”-young writers speak. Malaika wa Azania, Thola Antamu, Kwazi Ndlangisa Himeville Arms Hotel Conference
15h15 – 16h00 Panel discussion Media- who is it, whose is it, and to what extent are we the media or impact on the media- perspectives, experiences and reenvisionings Zuki Vutela ( Zookey), Malaika wa Azania Himeville Arms Hotel Conference
16h15 – 16h45 Book launch Book launches Kyle Allan, others TBC
17h00 – 17h45 Theatre Exhibit B, an ode to Saartjie Baartman Thola Antamu Himeville Arms Hotel Conference
18h00 – 1845 Theatre Menzi Mkhwane
19h00 – 20h00 Performances and readings In conversation with authors and performances Malaika wa Azania and Kwazi Ndlangisa and few readings Himeville Arms Hotel Conference
Interval
20h30 – 21 h30 Performances and readings In conversation with authors and performances Zookey and Niq Mhlongo and a few readings Himeville Arms Hotel Conference
SUNDAY 2 September
Breakfast for participants  Breakfast followed by final get together of participants.
Departures

Director’s Annual Update December 2015

It is hard to believe that another year has passed. 2015 has been a year where FLP have worked to further improve our practice and deepen the impact that we are having within our communities. The Facilitators and Coordinators have worked more closely within local Government structures, such a Reference Committees, liaising closely with other NGO’s, municipalities, SAPS, Department of Social Welfare and traditional leaders. Our work has expanded to include 1 new library at Kwa-Pitela, new Nal’ibali Reading Clubs and additional bereavement counselling groups, Homework Clubs in 10 Crèches and Schools as well as the Asifunde Sonke ECD Teacher’s Training Centre’s first group of graduates.

Below is a list of the other highlights:

  1. Homework Clubs: The Department of Arts and Culture continues to provide invaluable support to FLP for the 5 FLP Libraries that we established and run in the rural areas of KZN. Their support expanded in 2015 to include Homework Clubs where FLP Facilitators, Coordinators and Library Assistants now include these Homework Clubs in their daily programme in addition to the other groups that they run. These Clubs are based around fun reading activities, with reading aloud, dramatization and art activities forming the basis of each of the sessions. In addition, children that do not have parents, caregivers or siblings to assist them with their homework, for various reasons, have an opportunity to sit in a group with a trained FLP staff member who assists them with this, after the reading activities. Mrs Cheryl Taylor, a special needs Educator, provides academic support and training for the Facilitators to meet the needs of the children in these groups. We have seen that this intervention has increased the number of children and adults from the community that visit the libraries. In addition, the feedback that we have received from the Schools has been encouraging and has definitely developed stronger ties with the schools and communities.
  2.  Dlalanathi Bereavement Groups: The continued Support of the Solon Foundation and Children’s Chance for Life allow, Xolani Mofokeng, Nompumelelo Mbokazi, Sanele Ngubo and Zinhle Mbanjwa to continue to work with numerous traumatised groups. We work with groups of 8 children at a time, identified by the schools and communities, over an 8 week period. We still find, unfortunately, that we are unable to meet all of the needs simultaneously due to the sheer volume of children requiring intervention. We continue to receive positive feedback from families, schools and communities where we work. We have also noticed that many of the behavioural challenges experienced with these children, along with the resultant academic issues, are often seen to be overcome by the children after the intervention. This has resulted in Schools requesting permanent FLP Bereavement Groups being run at their schools in order to assist with the troubled children. Unfortunately the demands are so great, and the trained FLP staff so limited, that this cannot currently be implemented. It does, however, give us as FLP something to strive towards.
  3. Children’s Chance for Life: Congratulations to Phumla Ngcobo, a CCFL bursary beneficiary that has completed her Journalism Degree at Rhodes last year and has been working as an intern at Plexus Films in Cape Town and Dumisani Kheswa who completed his N6 and continues to excel in his studies towards his Diesel Engineering Diploma. The Graduates at Asifunde Sonke that are supported by CCFL, have all passed and graduated with the National Diploma in Early Childhood Development (ECD). The various students at schools and colleges also progressed well.
  • Valley Trust Family Literacy Training: Phumy Zikode and Nomvula Phoswa continue to provide training and support for our partners, Valley Trust in Botha’s Hill just outside Durban. Valley Trust approached FLP to assist them to develop Family Literacy Groups, using the model we use, in various sites in the rural sites that they serve outside Durban. Phumy and Nomvula have travelled regularly to meet and train the Valley Trust Facilitators and monitor and evaluate their progress.  

 

    1.  Nal’ibali: The Reading Clubs continue to be vibrant and interactive groups of children that meet with the FLP Facilitators. The groups are encouraged to develop a love of reading and to share their experiences with each other and community members – many younger and often much older than themselves. This enthusiasm to share is nurtured by the FLP Facilitators using a variety of methods to bring to life the various stories that they tell as primers to the sessions.
    2.  The new FLP Kwabhidla Community Library: We have run into a delay with this project as the Ingonyama Trust that oversee the property on which the new FLP Library is to be built, traditionally awards short term lases and then will extend these once building has been completed. This is a cause for concern with our funders as they question the security of a 3 year lease. I recently met with a delegation of Kwabhidla community members, the Headmaster of the Vusindaba School and the Ingonyama Trust in order to attempt to secure a longer lease. The Trust has been very accommodating and awaits a letter from the funder committing to the project should the 99 year lease be granted by Ingonyama. As this whole project has been so delayed, we will have to re-budget due to building costs having soared. We are extremely grateful to the Daitz Foundation and Project Build for their continued support in this initiative. We are optimistic that construction of FLP’s newest Community Library will begin in 2016.
  • School Support Programme: Nompies Mbokazi, Sanele Ngubo and Zinhle Mbanjwa provide much support to the children in the respective Schools where they are working. Nompies, a Grade 1 Educator at Goxhill farm School runs Nal’ibali Clubs, a huge Box Library, a Homework Club all emphasising the development of sound reading skills. The children that progress from her Grade 1 class are, in the words of the receiving Educators and Headmaster, “so very strong, are working much quicker….and they love reading” 

 

    1. Zinhle and Sanele work in the Underberg School Mastery Unit, where they support reading and writing for additional language learners. In addition, they provides Psycho Social Support for students in the Hostel where they now both reside. This ensures that the children receive support that assists them to be healthy and happy.
  • Staff Positon Charters and Individual Appraisals: In 2013, in order to continuously reflect upon our own practice, FLP embarked upon a journey where we hoped to shift staff beyond mere “Job Descriptions” that define what we expect of them, to a more intrinsically motivated “Position Charter” where they define excellence and expectations for their own personal growth within FLP, and in so doing encourage and foster growth in their FLP group members, adults and children alike. This Charter was personally crafted, under guidance over a 4 day period, emphasising the Key Performance Areas, Key objectives and Standards of Excellence they expected of themselves in order to meet the expectations that they have, that their co-workers have, that the organisation has and that their group members have of them in order to achieve relative “success” in their field. The follow up to this process has taken place monthly with Jill Frow, where she will meet with each staff member, chart their progress and coach them toward their aspirations that they have set for themselves in this “Position Charter”. In addition, the will meet with me and the other Coordinators, in order to keep on track and brainstorm changes necessary. In December, Jill, myself and the Coordinators, met with each staff member, in order to assess their year according to their Position Charter. It was an extremely rewarding, informative and remediative process. We are now beginning to see staff members proudly taking ownership of their “work” and constantly striving to improve through reflective practices. They are also gradually becoming much less threatened by this level of scrutiny and welcome suggestions and ask for help rather than feeling threatened due to shortcomings.

 

  1. UNESCO Windhoek “Inclusive and equitable Quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all”: FLP was invited to present at the 2015 UNESCO, all Africa Quality Education Platform – Southern Africa Regional Workshop on Literacy in Windhoek on 5 and 6 October, 2015. The work that FLP does was recognised as valuable and FLP were asked to share our approach and programme with delegates from all over Africa and the rest of the world. It was encouraging to see the level of interest in our work. The plenary session was insightful and provided many ideas for other delegates and FLP. We were the only Family Literacy Project to share at the conference.
  • Department of Arts and Culture – Library, Language, Archives and Museum Services Conference, 25 November: FLP was invited to present at the DAC Conference in Durban. We shared about our libraries, Box as well as Buildings. The emphasis of the presentation was on building a culture of reading and making it a shared and valuable pleasure. Emphasis was placed upon intergenerational reading and storytelling using various groups and reading campaigns that FLP runs continuously. It was a great honour for us to receive such positive feedback from delegates.

 

 

In closing, I would like to thank all of the supporters and friends that have taken an interest in our unique and extraordinary project. The year that I have spent at the helm of FLP, has been made so rewarding for myself and my fellow workers. May you have a blessed Festive Season.

Regards,

Pierre Horn

 

 

 

Director’s Quarterly Update

We have had a very full calendar at FLP over the past 3 months.

Save Act Partnership:

The FLP Adult Network Groups continue to benefit from the support and training provided by Save Act. The saving’s clubs within the FLP Adult groups have, since their inception, grown in financial strength and have managed to do things that would not have been possible, were it not for their access to capital. Many more FLP children are proudly wearing newer uniforms to school, with more children being able to register for FET Colleges and Universities and families starting small income generating enterprises.

Save Act continue to share an office at the FLP Resource Centre and use the venue regularly for training and meetings with their field workers.

Generation Joy Partnership:

FLP hosted the Generation Joy Board for 7 days in July. It was a valuable time to embark, with our partners, in work in the FLP groups that we were able to visit. Much insight was provided to Gen Joy about the FLP way of operating and the impact that we are having. The resources that they have provided to FLP will assist us greatly.

We have distributed 3500 Preschool books to the FLP sites and Library. These books that will form part of the Home Visitors Bags that they carry to the families that they visit. In addition, stationery, art supplies and educational aids were provided that will equip all of the FLP adult groups, the schools that we work in as well as all of the reading groups.

Nal’ibali Groups:

The Nal’ibali Team visited FLP in June, in order to conduct training for the FLP Facilitators and Coordinators. The training, held at the FLP Resource Centre, was very interactive and provided the FLP Team with an array of skills that will continue to foster the importance of making Reading a shared pleasure within homes and communities. The growth seen in the Nal’ibali Reading Clubs, and the academic improvement evident to the Educators in the Schools that the kids attend, has reinforced the value of the FLP intervention and as a result, our partnership with the Education Department and their appointed officials in Schools. Our Library Coordinator, Phumy Zikode, continues to write units for Facilitators that incorporate the Nal’ibali materials, FLP Box Library books as well as drama, role play, storytelling and read aloud techniques that inspire children to develop a love of reading.

Solon Training:

The entire FLP were trained by the Solon Foundation in the Aunty Stella Teen material. This training, for some of the group it was refresher training, was invaluable. We had our team leave the FLP Resource Centre energised and far better equipped to engage their Teen Groups on matters pertinent to them. The feedback that we have received in our team meetings has been positive, with the Teen Groups developing a confidence to engage issues that would otherwise have remained unexplored.

Community Works Programme (CWP):

We continue to meet with our CWP partners at Local Reference Committee level. The local Community Reference Committees, that include Tribal Leaders, Government stakeholders and other community leaders, have facilitated budget approval for the CWP work FLP has been working towards for the past 19 months. We aim to begin the Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Programme in January 2017, and will run it for a full calendar year.

We are very excited about this work starting up again as we know the benefit it has for children from 0-5 years old. We have commissioned Linda Biersteker to conduct an assessment of the Khulisa Abantwana Programme. The baseline assessment tools are ready for piloting, which we will begin in the FLP Khulisa Abantwana groups in October. We are of the opinion that an assessment will highlight the great value that the programme has for the ECD sector of our rural population.

African Storybook Project:

The pilot project that FLP was working on with the African Storybook Project, where existing stories were translated and versioned, traditional tales captured and recorded and new stories written, has come to an end. The stories written by 2 of the FLP groups, and the other pilot partners in Lesotho, Pretoria, Kenya and Uganda, all appear on the website, to be used by any person or organization to encourage a love of reading.

FLP has met with SAIDE’s Sheila Drew, in order to discuss ways in which the stories can be used in our existing groups as well as how new writers can be encouraged to contribute to the ASP collection online. Sheila recently visited the FLP Groups and worked with Zimbili and the Library Assistants, providing training in ASP materials and their use. We are excited to watch this aspect of recording, developing and capturing the wealth of traditional tales in the rural areas become part of our Library Programme and Reading Groups.

I would encourage you to login to the ASP website in order to learn more about this valuable project, you may even wish to contribute to the collection. (www.africanstorybookproject.org)

Dlalanathi Counselling Groups:

In order to assist the Facilitators and Coordinators with the New Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Material and its implementation in the FLP adult groups, Dlalanathi conducted a 5 day training at the Resource Centre. The material in the Family Support Training assisted the FLP Team to provide their Adult Group Members with an array of skills that assist caregivers and parents to provide the age appropriate psychosocial support necessary to assist children become emotionally intelligent adults.

Xolani, Zinhle and Sanele attending a training course by Hilary McLea. Managing Loss, Grief and Continuous Trauma training was conducted in Durban, from 8-10 June. The Counselling Team conducted training in this aspect of Counselling upon their return, in order for the other FLP Facilitators and Coordinators to better equip their Adult Group Members to deal with

issues related to loss and grief, which is unfortunately a very big part of each of their lives within their respective communities.

We continue to run groups at 4 Schools in the areas within which the FLP Groups operate. The Reports from Schools, Community Members and Parents highlight the positive effect that this intervention is having in the children’s lives.

“I have noticed a big improvement since the last counselling session. He is not aggressive to his peers and is not as demanding of my attention anymore.”

“She is getting along better with children her age and is much happier overall.”

“Most of the Learners in the school wish that they could attend this intervention. As it was firstly the most seriously affected children, not all could attend. Fortunately participants used to tell them what they have learnt and so they can also benefit earlier……”

FLP’s new Library at Kwapitela Community:

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We are very proud of the brand new FLP Library in the Kwapitela community. The Library assistant at the Library, Malibongwe, continues to draw children in large numbers to the Library, for his reading clubs and holiday programmes. Malibongwe was selected by the Kwapitela Community as the most qualified and enthusiastic candidate to take up the position of FLP Library Assistant. He is the first male Library Assistant at FLP and is a sound role model for the children at the School and Community at large.

The Kwapitela Community are very enthusiastic and excited about the presence on FLP in their Community as they have heard so much about FLP’s work in rural communities and how this work benefits them. They have approached FLP to begin Nal’ibali Reading Clubs, Drama Groups and would like an Adult Group too. It is so encouraging to have a community this enthusiastic about Literacy. We would like to extend our thanks to Sani Lodge and Backpackers as well as the Donor Stepp from St Anne’s School. Without their generosity, the Community Library would not be a reality.

Vusindaba Library:

We are still in the process of finalizing the Vusindaba Community Library and Resource Centre. All approvals and plans are approved and we are ready to start breaking ground. The funders, the Daitz Foundation and Project Build, are committed to the project and are wishing to start as soon as the Ingonyama Trust has provided an extension on the lease that we have negotiated on the site. The Trust has generously leased a sizeable piece of land to FLP on which we will construct the building. They are, however, having to make an amendment to their standard lease documents as they usually only award a 3 year temporary lease until building commences and then they extend this period. We would, however, require a minimum of a 50 year lease in order to proceed with this valuable rural initiative. We are confident that the Trust will consider the amendments and will forward the lease to us so that we can start building

Family Literacy Groups:

The Coordinators, Jill Frow and I continue to meet with staff members, Jill meeting with each staff member individually, in order to go through their Job descriptions and Position Charters with them. This is ensuring that regular feedback is encouraged and that standards of delivery remain high and constantly improving. The Position Charter, that aligns one’s job description with Key Performance areas, key objectives and standards of excellence that define individual and collective excellence, continues to impart a motivation towards improving and producing work of a high standard amongst staff members.

Jill Frow and the Coordinators monitor and evaluate the staff according to these criteria when they conduct their monthly Site Support Visits. This is assist us in our ongoing Staff Appraisal.

Noah’s Ark and Asifunde ECD Teacher’s Training Centre news:

We are busy with the extensions to the Noah’s Ark and the Asifunde Training Centre. The Saville Foundation and Nedbank have donated the funding to construct and equip the Centre. We are at foundation stage and look forward to reporting on the building progress in the next report.

Uthando Project Dolls and Dance Costumes:

Underberg Dance Studio, including ballet and modern dancing, recently put on their junior dance extravaganza. Family Literacy Project assists a number of students to attend dance classes as part of our intervention programme.

It was really encouraging to watch the dancers turn out in the most magnificent costumes ever. The wonderful costumes were kindly donated by the Uthando Project, who collected and shipped the costumes over to us for our programme. The level of pride and professionalism that has resulted has been very encouraging.

 

Library News

Family Literacy Project Library report (September 2016)

It was a wonderful month at all FLP sites especially in our libraries as lot of things were happening during this month. We celebrated Literacy Month by encouraging all our participants to read more story books to their families and in their communities.  Many visited neighbours to read to them and their children, read in Schools and Crèches as well as at the FLP Libraries . We also organised literacy events where we invited people from the community in order to encourage them to read at home with their children. It was extremely successful in all sites, with many people attending and participating in the events. Many children also came to holiday programme and they thoroughly enjoyed the activities.

Kwapitela library

It was so wonderful to see so many boys attending the holiday programme in the library. Malibongwe, the FLP Library Assistant is doing well in the library. He mentioned that people from the community come regularly to read newspapers in the library. Children are borrowing books to read at homes. During the reading session, Malibongwe took children to the library and read a story to them.

Stepmore library

Literacy event went very well.  Many people attended the event. Parents got a chance to read stories to all of the children present. At the library children come from school to borrow books and play with toys in the library. Joyce and Renneth are taking tuns to read stories to the childen when they come to the library. During holiday programme many children attended the programme and they were happy with the activities

Ndodeni library

302 books have been borrowed during this month. Many children attended the FLP Arts Festival workshop at the library and they were happy to listen to some poetry.  Two Authors from Fundza Books were invited to read stories and encourage children and adults alike to write stories.  The Festival was a highlight for this isolated community and they celebrated the fact that published authors took the time to come and visit them during Literacy Month.  During the holiday programme children enjoyed the art activities especially the younger ones as they really enjoyed blowing the confetti balloon and making pom poms.

Mpumlwane library

Everything is working well in the library.  Crèche children continue to come to the library to play with toys and dolls. Bonisiwe first reads them a story and lets them draw, they enjoy staying in the library and it`s not nice for them when it`s time to go back to crèche. 541 books were borrowed in September.

Lotheni library

Crèche children come with their teachers to attend sessions in the library. During the FLP Literacy Event, 58 people attended the programme. 255 books were borrowed from the library during literacy month.  128 children attended the library holiday programme.

 

Director’s Mid Year Report 2015

Many exciting things have happened at FLP in the past 3 months. Two staff members have graduated. Nompies Mbokazi, Graduated with a Bachelor of Education, Foundation Phase degree and Zinhle Mabanjwa has graduated with a Diploma in Early Childhood Development. Zimbili Dlamini continues to study and is currently writing her UNISA examinations.

Community Works Programme (CWP):

We have held very productive meetings with our partners in the CWP. The Dhladhla Foundation and Insika have both committed to facilitate the revival of the Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Programme in the areas in which they have been awarded their respective contracts. The FLP Team, Community Members and previous CWP Home visitors are very excited that this valuable work will be revived shortly. We are excited to be able to continue meeting the needs of existing Families and ECD children and also to reach more families that were not previously part of the programme. The local Community Reference Committees, that include Tribal Leaders, Government stakeholders and other community leaders, have been putting pressure on our implementing partners to implement Home Visiting again.

Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Programme:

The FLP Adult Group members are steadily working through the Khulisa Abantwana 2, Home Visiting Programme. The new material, developed by Snoeks Desmond and Jacqueline Horn, incorporates Health and Psychosocial messages for Families and their children 0-5 years old. The Personal Journey, a vital part of this material, has been, at times, a very emotional experience for our FLP Group Members. It has, however, created a bonding and mutual support that has made our group stronger and more committed to reaching out. I think that Zimbili, one of our Coordinators, gave the most fitting description of Khulisa two:

We have been doing Family Journey in the adult groups and it is really helping me to understand each member better. I realize why they are, like they are. It helps me too, because I realize that I can share things with some of them.”

The Family Literacy Centre:

We are very happy to be able to provide facilities for other NGO’s in the area to hold meetings and conduct training. Our Resource Centre continues to be used by Save Act, Peace Club Foundation and Nal’ibali as a training and meeting venue. The training that the FLP team members benefit from, as a result of this, assists us to continually develop and hone our staff’s skill set. It is a real draw card being able to offer accommodation to trainers at our facility as this just makes for much easier training sessions.

The homework group is growing, with 6-10 children coming to the Centre daily to do homework at a desk, in a well-lit room and have assistance, should they require this. FLP Facilitators continue to be approached by caregivers to start similar clubs in their

communities. There is a great need for this, as many of the caregivers and family members are illiterate and are thus unable to assist children with homework. There is an increasing number of the elderly caregivers or grandparents left looking after small children as the parents are working away from home. Our Facilitators continue to be approached by parents in their communities to please assist. FLP is starting two Pilot Homework Clubs, One in our Library and the other in a School where we currently run a Nal’ibali Reading Club.

Counselling Groups:

Xolani Mofokeng, Sanele Ngubo and Zinhle Mbanjwa were privileged to attend the UNISA Annual Child Trauma Conference in Durban in May. Much useful knowledge was gained, and shared. A very motivated team returned, better equipped to continue working on this very valuable part of the Family Literacy Project. The networking and knowledge sharing has inspired and equipped the group to deepen the valuable work that they are doing with Preschoolers, young children and teens.

In order to continue building upon our Counselling Team’s skill set, our partners, Dlalanathi conducted a visit to the FLP Resource Centre and met with Jacqueline, Zinhle, Xolani and Sanele in order to discuss the Trauma Counselling and Khulisa Home Visiting Programme. Linda Smallbones recommended training offered by Hilary McLea of the Warehouse. Hilary is an experienced Loss and Grief Counselor and Educator, based in Cape Town. We were thrilled to be able to register Xolani, Zinhle and Sanele for Hilary’s Course, Managing Loss, Grief and Continuous Trauma, from 8-10 June. The Counselling Team will be offering a day of training for the other FLP Facilitators and Coordinators in order to better equip them to deal with issues related to loss and grief, which is unfortunately a very big part of each of their lives within their respective communities.

Training for Coordinators: Curriculum Development: Project Arts & Culture, Education & Training.

The FLP Coordinators were invited to attend training on Gender: Early Socialization through the arts programme. This valuable training, facilitated by TREE, has provided material for our Khulisa Abantwana Home Visiting Groups, Child to Child Groups and the Library Holiday Programme. The Peace Clubs will also have some of the ideas incorporated into the curriculum Phumy develops for them. The FLP Coordinators, Phumy, Zimbili and Florence will be offering training for the other FLP Facilitators at our Team Week.

Phumy and Zimbili have begun supporting 8 Community Crèches in the KwaSani and Ingwe areas using Monitoring and Evaluation tools developed by FLP and Noah’s Ark. Their wealth of ECD experience is assisting the Educators greatly and we are already seeing the Crèches evolving from “baby sitting” centres to bright, safe, fun and engaging places for the 0-5 year old children. This valuable support is part of the Asifunde Teacher’s Training that we offer.

Family Literacy Groups:

FLP embarked on a new approach to staff contracts this year. The Coordinators, Jill Frow and I met with each staff member individually in order to go through their Job descriptions with them. In 2013, every staff member employed at FLP, including the Director, was guided through the process of producing a Position Charter that aligns one’s job description with Key Performance areas, key objectives and standards of excellence that define individual and collective excellence according to each of our job descriptions. We are confident that the two days spent doing this, has assisted all of us to strive to deepen the impact we are having in our community work, by striving, collectively to excellence.

Jill Frow and the Coordinators will monitor and evaluate the staff according to these criteria when they conduct their monthly Site Support Visits. This will assist us in our ongoing Staff Appraisal.

Network Groups – Savings Groups:

Save Act, our Community Savings Group partners, continue to meet at the FLP Resource Centre regularly. This initiative has been remarkable in assisting to improve the standard of living and particularly access to cash, for many of our FLP Group Members. Now, not only are many of the Savings Club Members able to purchase items such as School Uniforms, but they are able to engage in various income generation projects in their communities as well.

New Community Library:

We are very excited to have finalized the arrangements for this initiative. The lease for the land, upon which we will be building our latest Community Library, has been concluded and signed by all parties. The Ingonyama Trust has kindly leased FLP land, upon which we will construct and manage our fifth Community Library. The Vusindaba Community is ecstatic about the news. We hope to begin the construction of the Library in the second part of 2015.

Noah’s Ark and Asifunde ECD Teacher’s Training Centre news:

We are going to be extending Noah’s Ark and the Asifunde Training Centre. We plan to build, and equip, a new classroom, an ECD Resource Library and construct new outdoor play equipment. Nedbank has funded this initiative. This will, we believe, broaden our ECD training base, as we will be able to accommodate new students and offer an ECD Resource Centre/Library from which our Rural Crèches can draw Educational Toys and Supplies, on loan.

Pierre Horn