Fundiswa Fihlani joins Kariega Project

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Fundiswa Fihlani joins Kariega Project

Fundiswa Fihlani

Fundiswa Fihlani

Kariega Project is delighted to announce that we have taken on board our first intern, Fundiswa Fihlani, a resident of Ekuphumleni. Fundi will certainly bring an enormous amount of energy and expertise to our daily operations. With this announcement, we feel like fortune has smiled upon us. Not only is the work Kariega Project going to benefit from Fundi's Ekuphumleni roots, but Fundi brings with her a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Goucher College, a liberal arts college located in the northern suburbs of Baltimore in the USA.

Fundi's story is absolutely fascinating and serves as a shining example of what can happen when the right people are given the right opportunities. Fundi was born in Grahamstown and conducted most of her schooling in Grahamstown. In 2000, as a grade 8 pupil, Fundi came to Kenton-on-Sea and and continued her education at Ikamvalesizwe Combined School. In 2004, Fundi passed Matric and dreamed of continuing her education beyond high school. But like so many other pupils in Ekuphumleni and other low income locations, these dreams were temporarily derailed by a lack of financial resources as well as the know-how to apply for financial assistance.  Armed with the hope that she would eventually raise enough money to go back to school, Fundi started working for variety of employers, including Kariega Game Reserve, Ikamvalesizwe Combined School, Jesus our Teacher, and the department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.  

After persevering, Fundi's dreams became a reality when she won a scholarship to attend Goucher College in the USA through an arrangement the college has with Ikamvalesizwe Combined School. During her time at Goucher College, Fundi worked closely with one of her professors on an intensive study abroad programme. The course was designed with community service in mind: Goucher College students came to South Africa for three weeks and taught English and Math in two schools in Ekuphumleni and Grahamstown. It was during this time that Fundi saw a great need for educational services in her community.

Having received a first class education, Fundi is now ready to make a difference in her community. Of course, Kariega project is honoured and excited to welcome her on board! 

 

 

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Kariega Project back on Kowie FM!

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Kariega Project back on Kowie FM!

Kariega Project was back on Kowie FM today! If you remember, we appeared on the station in February to discuss how we got started and what we aim to achieve. Today, Kariega Project discussed our progress, our ongoing projects, the development of our Kariega Credit system, and what we have coming down the pipeline. If you have a few minutes, take a listen to get all our up to date news and plans! Thanks again to Kowie FM for having us on the show! 

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Kariega Project on Kowie FM

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Kariega Project on Kowie FM

Last Friday, Sean Kelly, one of Kariega Project's founding members, was interviewed on Kowie FM about our ongoing work and future initiatives in the greater Kenton area. The interview lasted about 10 minutes. If you have a moment, please take a listen through the link below. Thanks again to Kowie FM and Lindsay Walker for having us on the show! 

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A Truly Inspiring Saturday!

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A Truly Inspiring Saturday!

As an organisation that started from nothing, it prides us to report on the positive changes we are driving in the greater Kenton community. But we are even prouder of the fact that we constantly bear witness to the incredible dedication, humility and passion of the communities we aim to help. This past weekend was no exception. 

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On Saturday, 1 February 2014, the Coastal Conservation Programme kicked off with ten children from Educational Support Group (ESG) assisting the Sustainable Seas Trust (www.sst.org.za) in its ongoing evaluation of species variety in the tidal zone of Kwaaihoek. For two hours the ESG children patrolled Kwaaihoek armed with note pads and cameras in an effort to accurately take stock of the number and variety of tidal zone species. Thanks to the enthusiastic oversight of the Sustainable Seas Trust, the children had fun and learned a lot about coastal conservation in the process. 

These incredible children were not ordered to volunteer. They were not paid to help. Rather, they volunteered to help in an effort to raise money to help ESG continue to pay rent for its modest facility. Think about that for a second. Inspiring, isn't it.

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The effort on Saturday is the beginning of a new initiative called the Coastal Conservation Programme that is intended to assist the Sustainable Seas Trust in its ongoing coastal conservation efforts, and also to facilitate an ongoing means for ESG to continue to earn Kariega Credits. The earned Kariega Credits will be used by ESG to continue to pay its rent obligations. 

On Saturday, ESG earned 20 Kariega Credits (R400) - enough to cover the centre's rent for the month of March. The Coastal Conservation Programme will be a monthly occurrence in 2014 and is open to all participating groups looking to earn Kariega Credits. We hope to have an even larger volunteer group next month! 

Kariega Project would like to thank Meghan and SST for hosting the programme and providing an enriching experience for all the children involved. 

Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) is a not for profit organisation in South Africa that is dedicated to the promotion of conservation, habitat restoration, and a sustainably managed South African coastline. Sustainable Seas Trust is dedicated to harnessing the power of people at every level, from the poorest remote communities, to top level decision makers, to promote its worthy cause. For more information of the Sustainable Seas Trust, please visit www.sst.org.za

For more information on the Kariega Project, Kariega Credits, or how to get involved, please contact us HERE or click on the links below:

ABOUT US           KARIEGA CREDITS           OUR PROJECTS           GET INVOLVED

 

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Masibulele Preschool Earns New Security Gate

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Masibulele Preschool Earns New Security Gate

Thanks to the generosity of the Cannon Rocks Holiday Resort (www.cannonrocks.co.za), Masibulele Preschool has received and installed a new security gate! To earn the funding for the security gate, Masibulele Preschool completed 90 community service hours to raise the R1,800 needed for the gate. The new security gate will enhance the safety of the children during the day and deter vandalism and theft at night. We are proud of the efforts of all those involved.  

Mrs. Adams and the children of the Masibulele Preschool stand in front of their brand new security gate! 

Mrs. Adams and the children of the Masibulele Preschool stand in front of their brand new security gate! 

In June 2013, Mrs. Eunice Adams (the founder of the Masibulele Preschool) approached the Kariega Project to help her raise funds for a new security fence and a security gate at the preschool. The Masibulele Preschool is located adjacent to an informal settlement, and it was becoming clear to Mrs. Adams that additional security measures were required to keep both the children and the facility safe. As an organisation dedicated to social development programmes, we were only too happy to welcome the Masibulele Preschool on board.

Since the Masibulele preschool joined it has been earning Kariega Credits (earned by completing community service) by allowing the local Adult Education Group (ABET) to use of its facilities free of charge. ABET has been using the Masibulele Preschool since June.

The security gate was manufactured by Mr. Latani, a welder from the township who runs SLI Welding. So this latest achievement has really been a local effort. Thank you again to Cannon Rocks Holiday Resort (www.cannonrocks.co.za), Mr. Latani of SLI Welding, and all those involved!  

Our work with the Masibulele Preschool continues. Mrs. Adams and the Kariega Project will now be working on raising money to install a green perimeter fence (bougenvillea hedgerow). In addition, we are in the process of working with the Masibulele Preschool to plan and fund a future Montessori training programme. So watch this space! 

About the Masibulele Preschool:

The Masibulele Preschool was established as a non-profit organisation in 2001 by Mrs Eunice Adams. The school educates roughly 80 to 90 children from the communities of Marselle and Harmony Park. The children vary in age between 18 months to 5 years. Eunice Adams has worked hard to build the school’s good reputation. The Masibulele Preschool is a progressive institute that promotes parent involvement, provides pupils with two meals a day, and shares resources with other community groups. 

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The beginning of a new partnership for Kariega Project!

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The beginning of a new partnership for Kariega Project!

Part of Kariega Project's ethos is to partner with other organisations that share a passion for community development. So it was with great pleasure that recently the Kariega Project received a huge endorsement of support from the Kariega Game Reserve and its Conservation Volunteer Programme! 

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Kariega Game Reserve's Conservation Volunteer Programme brings in volunteers from around the world to get hands-on involved in conservation management on its game reserve. On top of conservation opportunities, the volunteers also engage in community outreach. For example, the volunteers assist at a local rural farm school by teaching children basic subjects like English. 

The volunteers in action along with a bunch of happy children! 

On the day in question, Kariega Conservation Volunteers spent the day serving at Masibulele Preschool and Ekamphumleni soup kitchen. At the Masibulele Preschool, the volunteers led activities and games for the children and each presented a prepared story to the children. At the soup kitchen, the volunteers helped to prepare and serve a meal to the children and spent time doing activities at the afterschool centre. It was an incredible day all around! 

This is why we do what we do. Look at that smile! 

The Masibulele Preschool was established as a non-profit organisation in 2001. Led by the incredible Mrs Eunice Adams, the school serves the communities of Marselle and Harmony Park and educates as many as 80 children age 18 months to 5 years. Here the volunteers led activities and games for the children and each presented a prepared story to the children. 

Thanks to all the volunteers! Moments like this form the basis for lasting change. 

Thanks to all the volunteers! Moments like this form the basis for lasting change. 

The Ekumphumleni Soup Kitchen is run by Child Welfare - a national organisation that helps and protects children affected by violence, maltreatment and HIV/AIDS. The Ekumphumleni branch is particularly active in the community and operates two soup kitchens and an afterschool centre in the Ekuphumleni Township. At the soup kitchen, the volunteers helped to prepare and serve a meal to the children and spent time doing activities at the afterschool centre.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who participated. Take a look at this blog post by the Kariega Game Reserve about this incredible day! 

If you would like to know more about the Kariega Conservation Volunteers  you can visit their website here. 

 

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KARIEGA RIVER CLEANUP

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KARIEGA RIVER CLEANUP

The Kariega Project is pleased to announce yet another community service project that will not only benefit the greater Kenton area, but will also provide a great opportunity for members of Marselle, Ekuphumleni, and Klipfontein to earn Kariega Credits towards their community development goals. 

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 30 youths from the Marselle, Ekuphumleni, and Klipfontein community (10 from each community) will participate in an all day river clean-up along the Kariega river. The day will start with a lesson on the environment by the Sustainable Seas Trust; followed by a clean-up task under the guidance of Ndlambe conservationist, William Bode. The boys from Quest Africa will be joining the teams to help with safety along the river and supervise lunch duty. The day will be rounded off with beach activities, led by the team from the Sustainable Seas Trust. 

The three communities will earn 5 credits for every attending team member, including team leaders. So each community will earn roughly 50 Kariega Credits (worth R1000.00). The Quest Africa volunteers will also earn 5 credits each; with their Credits being divided equally among the respective communities to be spend towards their development projects.

Along with the 30 youths, the following organisations are participating: Kenton Rotary, Sustainable Seas Trust, Marselle Youth Empowerment Centre, Ekuphumleni Youth Centre, Quest Africa, Ndlambe conservation, ESG Harmony Park, and the Kariega Project. 

The Kariega Project extends its sincere gratitude to all the participating organizations for their support! 

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KENTON ROUND TABLE TO SUPPORT MARSELLE HIGH SCHOOL GREYWATER SYSTEM!

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KENTON ROUND TABLE TO SUPPORT MARSELLE HIGH SCHOOL GREYWATER SYSTEM!

We are pleased to announce that the Kariega Project has helped facilitate the support of Kenton's local Round Table to install a greywater system at Marselle High School. Round Table will provide the expertise and material while the community will provide the labour. Consistent with the philosophy of The Kariega Project, installation the greywater system will not only benefit the local community, but will provide a worthy community service project for the Marselle community to earn Kariega Credits. 

Marselle High School has for a long time dealt with a problem of excessive reed growth in the vicinity of the high school ablution block. It has come the attention of the community that the reeds are used as a nighttime hiding place by criminals and a place from which delinquents verbally abuse pupils during the school day. It has become clear that something needs to be done. Of course, simply clearing the reeds offers only a temporary solution. The Marselle community has identified that the root cause is the continued theft of the external ablution plumbing pipes. In fact, the plumbing has been refitted and stolen on several occasions. The challenge, therefore, is twofold: (1) build a system that is less attractive to thieves; and (2) create a sense of ownership within the students and community. This is where the Kariega Project comes in. With the Kariega Project as a silent intermediary, Round Table has pledged its support to assist the Marselle community in building a a greywater system. The Marselle project team agreed that it will earn credits by helping clear the reeds and building the greywater system. The Marselle Youth Empowerment Centre will be the beneficiary of all credits earned from the project. Community members will earn one credit for every hour of volunteered work. 

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Kariega Credits is driving positive action in Harmony Park!

Children of the Harmony Park community recently engaged in two more litter drives! Over the last two Fridays, (February 15 and 22) a total of 34 children spent two hours picking up litter in their community. On top of providing positive benefits for the Harmony Park community at large, these amazing children have raised 68 Kariega Credits forESG-Harmony Park! But the children aren't stopping there. 

Zelda Jacobs, the Harmony Park community champion who has initiated and supervised these efforts, tells us that more children will be engaging on another litter drive tomorrow! Zelda informs us that, in March, Harmony Park community members are looking at helping Age in Action start a veggie garden. We cannot overstate how proud we are of the children of Harmony Park and how pleased we are to see our system in action! 

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First Credits Earned!

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First Credits Earned!

We are extremely pleased and proud to announce that the first Kariega Credits have been earned!! On February, 18, 2013,  a cohort of children from the Klipfontein community performed a litter collection in their neighbourhood and earned 21 Kariega Credits for ESH-Harmony Park. The 21 credits entirely covers the centre's monthly rental and sets a fantastic tone for the rest of the year! 

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To see more information about ESG-Harmony Park, CLICK HERE

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