As we wind down toward the end of 2018 we wish to thank everyone who has supported our foundation in our endeavour to bring help, hope and love to orphaned and vulnerable children in the Westlake Community.
The partnerships formed have been incredibly valuable to ensure the continued success of our Foundation.
January – Reach for a dream
We started the year of well with guest professional contemporary dancer, Keanu Bergman and his dance group KUBE teaching the children a dance followed by a wonderful demonstration.
Donations – Emergency back to school equipment was supplied to some of the vulnerable children in Westlake
February – Water Conservation
Szilvia of Imagine SA taught the children everything about Water Conservation “Save every Drop” and with Valentine’s day on the 14th there was a focus on kindness and protection towards all living creatures
Our Literacy and Numeracy Enrichment Program was extended to 15 children once a week after school. The program has been identified as a major growth area where additional volunteers would help us extend the reach of the program and funding would enable us to pay something to the local facilitators and to supplies snacks.
March – Human Rights
We received a much-appreciated visit from our loyal German sponsors Maria, Alios, Julia and Peter.
A Ballroom Dancing demonstration by Alison Moolman & her dance studio was hosted at the Kids Club. Local pensioners were invited as special guests and everyone enjoyed an afternoon of dancing with tea and snacks
Kirstenhof primary school donated a lot of health food after their fun run which was distributed to Westlake safehouses
April – Easter
We had a special visit from regular donors )Lesil & Ash and their twin baby boys from Australia gave a generous donation of cash.
We had generous donations of Easter eggs from Springfield convent pre-primary, Xchange
We had a few sessions during the month of fun exercise to music with Andile at kids club it helps to keep the children fit and healthy.
Lions Tokai’ brought their ‘Bag A Burger ‘ project to Westlake, one Saturday morning Orphan Care Foundation arranged 100 children and together with 20 adult volunteers filled 100 rubbish bags. Lions provided an environmental talk, then hamburgers. All the children were well behaved!
May – Mothers and Children
Our focus for the month was on Mother and Child protections teaching the uniqueness, self-esteem, self-respect and been in charge of your body. To celebrate we hosted a tea for some of the special community mothers.
SACS junior school ran a donation drive for soup, soup ingredients & bread, which was kindly re-distributed by Lions Tokai & Orphan Care Foundation to our vulnerable
June – Youth month
Abby Dooley, a Miss Earth SA entrant did a Water Conservation presentation for Environment week.
In keeping with our Youth theme, some of our young volunteers were interviewed and published for the “Youth on the Move” series of articles in the Constantia Bulletin
The highlight of the end of term & Youth month was a visit from the matrics of the Portland high school, Mitchells Plain. They played games with the kids and brought enough soup to feed over 100 children with leftover distributed to other vulnerable kids in the Westlake community. The day was so well enjoyed that the matrics promised to return before their final exams.
Teddy Antics donated 90 hand knitted teddy bears with the help of Linder Hirsch allowing each child to choose their own special bear.
July – Celebrate 100th Birthday of Nelson Mandela and the Solar system
On the 18 July, we celebrated the Mandela’s 100th Birthday and explain concepts such as legacy and centenary and why Mandela is remembered as an important leader. We finished the day off with a Madiba Jive competition just for fun!
Henry, our new teacher from the UK spent the month teaching the kids about the Solar System and with the lunar eclipse on the 27th of July helped prepare them to observe phenomena on the evening.
August – Human Kindness for Women’s Month
August is Woman’s month. We taught the kids the need for kindness in everyday life as bullying is, unfortunately, an ongoing problem.
Lions International Poster Competition:
For the past 30
Lions International, Tokai invited the Westlake Primary School grade 6&7’s to enter the competition and helped facilitate the entries by making materials and space available in the school library. Eighteen artworks were completed & submitted for district judging with the winners:
2nd place: Thomas Chirwa (last year’s winner)
3rd place: Nothanbe van Rooyen
Prize giving will be held at the end of the term together with an exhibition of all the submitted artworks.
Next year Westlake Primary School aim to be the winning school in the district.
Dr Carol Leaf
International acclaimed educationalist & neuroscientist from the USA, Dr Caroline Leaf presented at Westlake Primary School. Drawing from her years in clinical practice, Dr Leaf gave us the practical steps that can truly transform our lives: spirit, soul, and body.
She donated training manuals & videos to help our educators and will return on her next visit to do more training with our educators. For more information please see https://drleaf.com/
LucyG, Craft Cafe in Tokai invited 15 children to a fully sponsored fun afternoon of painting their own pencil bags, snacks special cupcakes.
The Lucy G Craft Café is a project of The Lucy G Foundation and offers employment to people with disabilities. The café is open to the public and offers healthy food, delicious coffee and other refreshments. The craft section offers fabric painting with more exciting activities to come – fun for the whole family!
The Cape Flats Development Association invited Orphan Care Foundation to a presentation and brunch at their new premises in Philippi where we received generous donations of vouchers and books for our literacy programs.
Soetwater Environmental Education Center, for the 3rd time, invited 25 of our vulnerable children on an educational day fully sponsored by the Lions Tokai. We are always grateful for opportunities offered to help enrich our children’s lives, getting them away from their environment and close to nature in order to learn about nature, ecosystems, animals, bugs and reptiles
Wynberg Boys High School Rugby coach and teacher Mr Joel Erasmus arranged for 3 of the top rugby playing student to present their life stories as inspirations to the kids at Kids Club. Everyone was immensely impressed with the very diverse testimonials of Inga
Mr Mark Rousseau, the Chairperson of Cape Flats Development Association and a member of Lions Tokai, beside his full-time job chose to celebrate his 50th birthday at a Kids Club by bringing treats. He presented a motivating testimony of how he’d grown up in a similar area and how he overcame his challenges to become a successful father with a good career and the ability to give to back to communities.
Westlake Early Childhood Development Forum, an Orphan Care Foundation partner assisted with coordinating and hosting a successful “Safety and Awareness” morning with speakers from the Fire and Traffic departments educational officers.
The Jungle Theater
Twenty kids were invited to watch the “Python and the Wunube Tree” performance, an interactive African tale at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg.
In addition, they had the opportunity to be creative and make new friends with other kids from the community whilst painting a mural at the Jungle Theatre offices
Portland High School – Matric class re-visit
Having had such a great time at their first visit they were determined to return before their final exams. They collected the ingredients and made two enormous pots of spaghetti Bolognese to feed over 100 children. Great fun was had by all – sharing a meal together, dancing, singing, bonding, good memories were made for all. We wish them Good Luck for their exams and futures!
The Fire Services
The Fire station was booked for a Fire Safety awareness and educational presentation but was unfortunately called out to fight a fire. Fire safety is very relevant as we are heading into Fire Season in the Western Cape and the talk will be rescheduled. As a substitute, we had a small talent contest instead.
We are receiving a Weekly donation of “sell-by date” goods for redistributing to the home-based carers, safe houses, the pensioner group and the ill in the community.
We urgently need a fridge to help with this project…
The City of Cape Town, Department of Parks & Recreation
We received a generous donation of non-perishable foods to help with our ongoing Monthly Food Packs
CBN Africa/ SUPERBOOK – has been introduced to OCF, they offer High quality animated bible stories with facilitation and
activity guidelines. The Kids club has proven to be a great vehicle to reach the children and a build up to a big launch at the end
of November with the Nativity story. This should lead to a valuable partnership in the future.
The activities this term have been to focus on fine motor skills with lots of measuring, cutting, taping and recycling with
newspaper crafts and making Christmas decorations.
We are also tidying up the environment by making eco bricks out of plastic bottles and plastic waste (sweet wrappers etc )
We aim to make an Eco Christmas tree.
Year-end prize giving at Westlake Primary to present an Honourable Mention award from Lions Peace Poster Competition
to the 1st placed Westlake entrant
Year-end certificate presentation for the Orphan Care Foundation Numeracy and Literacy enrichment group is taking place on the 6th December.
The last Kids Club of the year and Christmas party on 7th December with entertainers, a magician and gifts of 400
drawstring tog bags with toiletries and treats sponsored by City of Cape Town dept. of Recreation and Parks.
A partnership event, an ECD Christmas party on 12th December was sponsored for some ECD’s in Westlake.
Weekly supplementary food delivery to vulnerable children and pensioners will continue.
We would like to say a special thank you to our Media Volunteers
Tersia from TWS Webdesign for creating our new website
Amanda Lloyd Sim for all the copywriting
Dominique, the marketing director for Dr Leaf for her guidance on social media
Current Fundraising Drives
Your donations help fund our monthly Food and Dignity Packs and maintain the Westlake Kids Club twice weekly.
*Facilitators – stipend for all projects
*Administration costs and wages
*Transport cost for outings
Donations are critical to the continued operations of our foundation.
With your help, we can support more children better
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Be a Volunteer
The love, kindness and encouragement you have to share with these delightful children, has such an immense impact on their young lives. YOU are as important as they are, and together we can make a difference!
We need your time and talents. If you can read a story and give a hug or work as a volunteer on our literacy and homework groups or help with extramural activities.
Westlake Community is easily accessible from all around Cape Town. Please come and join us and embrace our growing family.
Back to School Donations
We are in need of stationery, uniform and shoe to help our primary school children (ages 6-14) in the new year.
We need a Fridge!
With our weekly donations of “Sell By Date” produce from Woolworths Tokai, we are in need of a functioning standard size fridge. If you can help please call Martin to discuss.
Every Friday afternoon over 300 children ranging in age between 4 and 9 years old from the Westlake informal settlement queue excitedly at the community hall to go to Kids Club.
They do arts and crafts, learn skills , have fun and are fed in a safe and encouraging environment.
Literacy Enrichment program
Thursday afternoons for 2 hours after school, paired reading, phonics and general assistance for grades 1 to 5 . Main Tutors – a retired teacher & matriculated local student and visits from high school students. This last term a volunteer, trained teacher has been observing and may assist developing the program in the new year.
Numeracy Enrichment program
Every alternate weeks incorporating numeracy games on a Thursday afternoons for 2 hours afterr school, paired reading, phonics and general assistance for grades 1 to 5 . Main Tutors – a retired teacher & matriculated local student and visits from high school students. This last term a volunteer, trained teacher has been observing and may assist developing the program in the new year.
Homework Tutoring program
Once a week for 2 hours for 2 foreign nationals in senior primary by Meg a Grade 11 student from Reddam school, this is a pilot project this past term. Volunteers and a suitable space will be required to expand the program.
We are very grateful for the joyous commitment of the large Interact group coming to Kids Club on Fridays and have had the pleasure of meeting learners doing community service from:
*Steenberg High School
*Heathfield High School
*False Bay College
Without the hard work and commitment from our regular volunteers we would not be able to touch so many lives, thank you!