Cluster Foster Home Port Alfred
In april we went to the Assegaai Trails with the kids, foster mothers and staff of Child Welfare. The transport was arranged by Stenden University.It was an incredible day! We did several hikes and after that the kids could go for a swim in the lake. The benefits of the swimming lessons was proved. We ended this beautiful day by sharing a pizza at Guido's. the first time the kids had pizza in their entire life. In april zijn we met de kinderen en pleegmoeders
Through the commitment of Mia and Rein Versluis, the couple who were voluntering last year and renovated the foster home during 4 weeks, we could buy new matrasses and matrass protectors. They did a great fundraising for it. Nemato Foundation further provided the cluster foster home with a washing machine, refrigerator and a micro wave.
In October we went shopping with the kids and foster mothers. They all choosed their christmas and new years clothes, new shoes and a also a beautiful bag for the foster mothers.We wrapped it together and put it away for christmas eve. Also we went together to Guido's again for a lovely pizza.
In October we got the news that the Cluster Foster Home will be shut down from 1-1-2019, due to financial problems ( like no support from Lotto)Child Welfare did their very best to replace all the children and to be sure that they are be looking after in a good way. Of course we will continue our support to the kids and foster mothers in the future.
NOMZAMO WOLVES, RAINBOW CRICKET CLUB and CRICKET at the primary schools
Except the Nomzamo Wolves and the adult cricket club, The Rainbows, we now also have a coach who is going to the primary schools to introduce cricket to the kids. He already organized tournaments for the kids of several primary schools.
Our goal is to get the kids enthousiastic for the sport and get them off the streets.We are very happy to have Phumezo, who is an excellent player at The Rainbows, as a coach. Phumezo will work together with Chainz ( our contact person for The Wolves and The Rainbows and also an excellent cricket player) to guide the young kids.
The Nomzamo Wolves didnt have a lot of matches this year, but they will have a come back next year. Starting the first match 19-1 against Port Alfred High School.The Rainbows had a great season and won several trophies. We supported them this year with new nets, new equipment and new tracksuits. And of course at the end of the succesfull season, with a braai.
AFSCHEID CRICKET COACH
JJH Foster Home Alexandria
Just like every year, the kids and caregivers of JJH Foster Home enjoyed 2 weekends on the Campsite of Boknes. In March and November they played together, went to the beach and had a great braai. A moment to forget all the problems and just be kids,play and enjoy.
We also supported the home with baby clothes and toilettries and for christmas we could support them with presents.
In October we received a call from Themba, the founder of Confident Girls with the wish to support his foundation with an overhead projector. This foundation pleads for girls and makes sure they receive sanitary towels so they can attend school while having their period. Themba also lectures at schools about various topics that take place in South Africa, for instance teenage pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, rape and so on.
In order for him to execute his presentations well, we donated an overhead projector, microphones and an amplifier. We are very pleased to support this foundation..
We support the Soup Kitchen on a monthly basis, which provides a (warm) meal three times a week for people in need in Nemato, its surroundings and Bathurst. We will continue supporting them next year as the poverty remains enormous.
The off road vehicle („bakkie“ in Afrikaans) that delivers the food from place to place has all sorts of stickers on it of all the logos of supporting companies and as you can see our logo is there as well.
The garden project at Ingubo Safe Haven
As of late there is a unique project that surfaced on the grounds of Ingubo. Craig Ellis from the Rotary Club was planning on starting a vegetable garden in order to provide the children of Ingubo with fresh veggies. A fantastic project were they suddenly received help from various volunteers from Nemato. In order to see this project flourish we donated garden tools in October. Such a successful project!
Swimming lessons for talented guys
Last year we helped two gifted guys out with outstanding athletic talent with swimming lessons. They are eager to make a triathlon. It’s so special to be able to give these motivated youngsters a chance.
Youth Camp "He Reigns"
Just like last year we continued supporting the Youth Camp for youngsters from Nemato with a once off donation. This is an informative camp were many relevant topics are being discussed. Most parents do not have the finances to let their children take part – that’s where we step in. Once again they had a beautiful time together.
Supporting Nemato Change a Life
We bought two solar panels for the stunning new building of Nemato Change a Life. The building is almost finished – the roof still needs to be built. A former member of Nemato Change a Life, Daiman Marais, got the chance to start up his own building company. He only needed a sponsor. When we recieved the plea to sponsor him so that he can make his dream come true and that he can finish up with the roof, we did not have to think twice.
This autum we donated dress up material for a group of youngsters from Nemato who formed a theatre group. We ordered polo shirts with their name and logo so that they have a uniform charisma when they perform, for example at the yearly Art Festival in Grahamstown. In addition we contacted Louise Hopkins, owner of the little theatre at Wharf Street. She even offered the group a stage in her beautiful theatre. We are hopeful that this will be a success story.