Refurbish ECD centre

Refurbish ECD centre

Precious Jewel is an Early Child Development Centre in Montagu. It looks after 54 children (this includes feeding them twice a day) in a functional but rather dilapidated building owned by a church. Its dedicated staff ...
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Top readers rewarded

Top readers rewarded

On 29 Nov. BRWRC awarded 3 learners at Montagu Primary school a "Book of Knowledge " for being the top reader in English in their year group. We hope this magnificent book inspires a lifelong love of reading. Pic...
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appreciation evening

appreciation evening

(Notes by Yvette Hanekom). The Appreciations evening was held on the 29th of November at the Chris van Zyl Hall in Bonnievale. The Hall was decorated by the Kapteintjies (Augusta&...
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Refurbish ECD centre

Refurbish ECD centre
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Precious Jewel is an Early Child Development Centre in Montagu. It looks after 54 children (this includes feeding them twice a day) in a functional but rather dilapidated building owned by a church. Its dedicated staff are also participants in the Wordworks Home School Parent Partnership programme supported by our club (see previous project reports on this website or on our Facebook page). Our club was asked to help with a kitchen refurbishment, as this room and its equipment were in a very poor state of repair (see gallery photographs). With the aid of a District Grant of R12471, matched with the same amount from club funds, the refurbishment took place over this winter. We are most grateful to Gareth Evans Kitchens for the free installation of the cupboards by his 2 skilled joiners, Henry Rossouw and Tertius Pekeur. Also to local business man, "The Handyman", Deon de Winter, who donated his time to painting and to laying of the floor. The project was overseen by Associate Member Yvette Hanekom. The staff are delighted with their new kitchen and will enjoy using it to provide nourishing meals for the children.

Skills Development - McGregor

Skills Development - McGregor
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Rural communities like McGregor, which mostly depend on seasonal agricultural work, have few other job opportunities. Lack of skills makes the problem even worse.

The Breede Centre, established six years ago under the inspiration and energy of retired maths and woodwork teacher Pieter Holloway, tackles this problem in a very practical way:
Basic training courses in marketable skills such as toy and furniture making, sewing, cooking and catering, handyman and building repair work, and cycle maintenance are all undertaken.

Trainees from these courses work in the community and their earnings are shared between themselves and the Centre until their equipment is paid off, when it becomes their own property. Tools and equipment are an ongoing need – Breede River Winelands Rotary Club has used a District Grant to help with the supply of sewing machines, scroll and circular saws, drills and a belt sander.

PHOTO: President Cas Groot handed these over to a delighted Pieter Holloway and some trainees.

Funding for art

Funding for art
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Our club funded 15 entries to the Youth Arts Festival. We thank Corry de Wet for encouraging the children and preparing the entries for the Festival, which was under the auspices of the RAD Foundation. There are more pictures in the Gallery

Support for Zolani choir

Support for Zolani choir
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Our club supported the young people's choir in Zolani with purchase of a new keyboard and help with the costs of taking the choir to Pretoria for an international contest and festival of singing. Congratulations to the leader Odwa Mvunge and the choir for a wonderful achievement in winning a Golden Diploma!.

New mower for the Nature Garden

New  mower for the Nature Garden
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Residents of, and visitors to Montagu are extremely fortunate that this little town at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, boasts a beautiful Nature Garden. The garden, 12ha in extent, is a mixture of tranquil lawns either side of water-lily bedecked pools and a large semi-wild area of Klein Karoo succulents, shrubs, bulbs and trees, which encompasses a small kopje called Bessiekop. There is a dam which allows plenty of opportunity for birdwatchers to sit and observe from one of the conveniently located benches. There are well kept walking trails including a circular one to the top of Bessiekop which affords magnificent views of Montagu and the mountains.
Our club was approached by the Committee of the Nature Garden to ask whether we could help with a maintenance crisis. The garden’s curator told us that “the usually manicured lawns of the Montagu Nature Garden have been looking rather unkempt of late as the Garden’s two aged lawnmowers have both given in”. The club, recognising the value of the Nature Garden to Montagu as an indigenous nature reserve and tourist attraction, and as a venue used by the whole community for weddings, environmental education, picnics, and musical performances, offered to donate a new mower. The offer was accepted with alacrity by the Montagu Nature Garden Association (MNGA, who manage and maintain the Garden on behalf of the Langeberg Municipality).
The new mower was presented by President Cas to Hugo de Wet, Curator of the Garden, on May 29th during one of the Nature Garden’s well known “Tea plus Three” gatherings. The two gardeners, one of whom is employed by the MNGA, were delighted with their new mower. The tea gatherings, held every Tuesday morning April to October are very popular with residents and tourists and are a much needed fundraiser for the Nature Garden. They feature delicious eats provided by a number of volunteers as well as tea or coffee.
photos - Sue and David Hall

Wordworks training next phase

Wordworks training next phase
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On Saturday May 12th 2018 the Langeberg Wordworks training team had the opportunity to put into practice the lessons they had learned at their own training day in Cape Town in April (see post below)!
Once again the 13 trainee facilitators from the 6 of the 8 ECDs who had attended the February course, gathered at Kapteintjies ECD in Bonnievale. The other two were unable to attend, but will receive their training individually later.
After a welcoming coffee and yogurt, the day started with a progress report from the facilitators on their first two sessions with the parents who they had recruited. A total of 122 parents (including those from the missing two participants) were currently engaged with the programme. There were a number of fathers involved and one ECD reported having 4 generations of one family attending –including a grandfather!
The three trainers divided the sessions between them, they were well prepared and are now a well gelled training team, complementing each other in their different ways and connecting with the facilitators and their time management was excellent.
The facilitators were fully engaged and enjoying the sessions. They participated in all the activities with enthusiasm. The day was punctuated by a delicious lasagne and salad lunch to sustain the participants for the remaining sessions. These entailed administration and handing out of forms that the teachers must forward for how many parents they have, so the correct amount of resources can be ordered from Wordworks by the trainers.

The project’s logistics manager and rapporteur was there to ensure that all went smoothly for the trainers. She observed:
“Although there was a hiccup with one ECD who didn't pitch up at the correct arranged pick-up point, this did not affect the Trainers and they were very well prepared and enthusiastic .They will make arrangements with Warmbron and Precious Jewel so that those facilitators can catch up on the training they missed.
The support and the training that they had received from the Wordworks team showed, and they could therefore present the sessions with confidence.
One new ECD that is doing this Program for the first time, Tinkie Winkie in Ashton, expressed their thanks for the wonderful support and advice that they received from the Team when they were present at their first and second session.”

All in all the day was a great success and we look forward to hearing how the programme progresses. We are very grateful to Wordworks for their support.

New Printer for Zolani school

New Printer for Zolani school
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After discussion with the Western Cape Education Department they agreed to install a new server and some new workstations in the computer lab - so our club provided a new printer to facilitate the use of the lab by teachers and learners. The printer was formally presented by President Cas and Eve Layton with other members of the club. The school has also arranged for two of their Matric graduates to assist in the lab.

Facelift for the Park part 2

Facelift for the Park part 2
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Since our last report on the project by Rotary Club of Breederiver Winelands to upgrade Euvrard Park, more work has been completed. The benches have now been repaired and varnished, and peach pips sponsored by DeWhite Industries have been spread under the trees. Agrimark has supplied fertilizer for the lawns, and the gates have been totally renovated by Rod Allen. The Council Parks department (in the persons of Michelle Hucklesby and Stone), as well as all their workforce, have trimmed the trees, planted new trees and plants, as well as building a concrete ramp for wheelchairs over the leiwater canal. A wheelchair access gate has been built by Attie Jass on the eastern side of the park. We now want to try to get the grass to recover, and any help with water pumps or lawn feeding would be much appreciated. Also additional indigenous and succulent plants would be welcome.

The baboon fence update

The baboon fence update
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With the help of local farmers and a fund raising quiz, the club set up this baboon proof fence at Baden farm school in Montagu in November 2015. We revisited it in March 2018 and it is as good as ever! its purpose was to prevent baboons running across the playground and frightening the children -a common occurrence! In the past 2 years no baboon has entered the playground and the children can play happily and safely. Staff and learners are very pleased!

Face lift for the park!

Face lift for the park!
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For some time the appearance of our park in Bath Street has not been at its best. The Rotary Club of Breederiver Winelands in Montagu decided to take this on as a project and to restore the park to a better state.
Funds were received from the Bridge Day held by Ronel Preston and donations from the Mimetime Show, Mr. Albani from Germany, Hein Liebenberg & Jacques Erasmus. These funds enabled us to buy the materials we needed, and the work started in December.
To date, the outer wall has been cleaned, its cracks filled and repainted. The chains have also been repaired and painted, and the fountain walls repainted. This was done by Rotary members as well as other community members, including Willy Long, Chris van Zyl, Andrew Hare, Rod Allen, Richard Knipe and Anthony Townsend.
We have also received strong support from the Municipality to continue the improvements. They have already removed tree stumps, installed new bins, trimmed tree branches and cleaned the park.
Additional improvements we are planning with the Municipality include making wheelchair access to the park, recreating garden beds, identifying stone or chip areas from the grass, encouraging better grass growth, planting along the back boundary, and establishing a plant feature in the fountain. We are also currently restoring the gates.
We look forward to having a beautiful park in the centre of our town, for the benefit of all. Anyone who can provide plants (water-wise especially!), compost, labour, funds or any other items we could use, should please contact Cas Groot at leo@worldonline.co.za or Larry Hester at lhester@iafrica.com
(Photos: Ronel Preston)

Wordworks pre-school literacy

Wordworks pre-school literacy
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Saturday February 10th saw the arrival of 21 excited teachers from preschools in Montagu, Bonnievale, Ashton and Robertson at Kapteintjies Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) in Bonnievale,. They had come for a brand new training course and were greeted by three equally excited trainers –all either principals or senior staff of 3 ECDCs in Bonnievale.

The story goes back to 2013 when the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club (BRWRC) obtained a grant from the Rotary Foundation. This was to run a programme which trains teachers from primary schools and ECDCs to teach parents how to interact with their young children in a way which will help them to develop language and eventually literacy skills. The programme, designed and created by Wordworks, is called the Home School Partnership Programme (HSPP). Wordworks is a non-governmental organisation based in Cape Town.

Funded by Rotary and supported by Wordworks, who provide wonderful educational materials and training, this programme is still running in ECDCs in Montagu and Bonnievale. To date the training of the teachers has been undertaken by WordWorks staff coming to Montagu from the organisation’s headquarters in Muizenberg.

Rotary is always keen to see its projects become self sustainable and run by the local community. This clearly could not happen if the HSPP in the Langeberg continued to depend on trainers coming from Cape Town. Furthermore, the programme had been so successful that the preschool teachers running it were keen to see it established in all five towns.

Wordworks, in collaboration with BRWRC, agreed to embark on an exciting new venture, the first in the Western Cape, whereby senior practitioners who were already experienced in delivering HSPP would themselves be trained to train further preschool staff. The first such course took place on the 10th and was a great success. Crucial to this success was a further member of the team, who is an Associate member of BRWRC, a retired teacher herself. She was responsible for all the logistics including the catering –even baking the welcome muffins herself!

The trainee teachers (called facilitators) participated enthusiastically and heard from one of the trainers who runs the HSPP in Bonnievale, about fantastic examples of parents who, before their course, didn't know how to talk to their children and how they have grown with confidence after doing the course; also of children that performed and excelled because their parents now encouraged them and knew how to support them.

The day ended with a song “Let’s get ready for HSPP” devised by the trainers. The new facilitators departed with instructions and materials to start planning their own HSPP in their respective preschools. They will be mentored by the training team and return for a further course in a few months’ time. The team were exhausted but very happy with their first course.

Educational toys for local ECDs

Educational toys for local ECDs
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Educational toys were purchased and delivered to Early Child Development Centres by members of the Club. The donations to Precious Jewels Pre-school and Warmbron were purchased by Mr. Albani’s donation and we thank him for his generosity.

Supporting Rethink the Bag

Supporting Rethink the Bag
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The 3rd of July 2017 was the International No Plastic Bag Day.
Our Club is very supportive of the "Rethink the Bag" initiative in Montagu .
We spent the day helping to man a table at the entrance to our local SPAR supermarket where we helped to remind and encourage our community to be more mindful of the harmful effects caused by the increasingly large amounts of plastic waste in our environment.

Support for Breede River Hospice

Support for Breede River Hospice
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In conjunction with the Claremont District 9350 Outreach Grant in Cape Town, our BRW Rotary Club managed to assist our Breede River Hospice with the development of the new HospiceCare@BramCentre in Ashton.

The District Grant of R10,000 plus our Club's contribution of R15,000 meant that we were able to upgrade Patient Comfort & Security in the building - ie. the refurbishment of the patients' TV Lounge, installation of a viewing window between the Sister's Station and the patients as well as TV Room - (R17,494) and also the Sluice Room upgrade ( R7,506)

The transformation since August 2016 when our Club initially visited BRAM Care Centre in Ashton to what has been achieved to date, is so gratifying. Not only is the facility more functional, but the general appearance has impacted positively on the staff attitude and care, and of course general patient well being.
There is now increased awareness amongst Rotarians as to the needs of the HopsiceCare@BRAM Centre and as our Flagship project, we provide ongoing support and have made a further financial donation of R30,000.00 from general fund raising. This was to assist Breede River Hospice to complete further upgrading, bringing this facility up to COHSASSA standards for accreditation in order to maintain its 5 Star status.

We are grateful for all the support which enables us to help our beneficiaries to achieve their goals!

Wordworks

Wordworks
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Updated March 6th 2018 - see new report

Wordworks and Rotary partnered to develop the Home-School Partnership programme: Wordworks

This is a Cape Town based NGO which, to quote its website: (www.wordworks.org.za ) “supports early language and literacy learning among children from historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa. By sharing our materials, know-how and enthusiasm with teachers, parents, volunteer tutors and home visitors in a respectful and inclusive way, we seek to ensure that all our children can learn to read and write successfully”.

Our local teachers and creche leaders were trained in Wordworks’ Home School Partnership Programme (HSP) by the programme’s two founders, Brigid Comrie and Cathy Lincoln, who had come from Cape Town to run the course.

The Home-School Partnership Programme empowers parents and caregivers of children aged between three and seven years to support informal learning in the home. Trained facilitators run the seven-week course of workshops for groups of about twenty parents and carers, usually at a creche, preschool or primary school.

The Programme not only helps to foster a culture of learning among families, but also builds stronger relationships between schools and the families they serve. For many parents, it is often the first time they have been encouraged to value their role in their child’s education, resulting in a new confidence and sense of shared endeavour.

The project was funded by the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club from a grant obtained from the Chicago based Rotary Foundation (RF) which also involved generous support from the Rotary Club of Swansea in Wales and the local Rotary International District 9350. The cost of the project was just under US$20,000. It had the enthusiastic support of the Cape Winelands Department of Education.

The project was completed and reported to the RF and to the Department of Education.

Next stage: with the support of Claremont Rotary Club, training for the Wordworks programme has so far been delivered by staff based in Cape Town. We have embarked on a “Training the Trainers” project so that staff in more Early Child Development Centres can be trained by local ECD leaders to run the WordWorks programme. The first training session was held on February 10th 2018 - see “events” for mode information.

Development of our Youth

Development of our Youth
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Our Club has continued, throughout 2016, to promote the development of our region's youth.
Not only has Rotary offered Career Guidance workshops to help learners clarify their future aspirations, they have also sponsored students' attendance at "Leadership" and "Citizenship" Camps.

In the photo (from L to R) are four of the sponsored learners Goliat Bell, Nawaal Nylstroom, Camryn Lekay and Devonia Fortuin from the Langeberg Secondary School in Robertson. Their Principal, Dr Adriaan Landman also attended. Rotarians in the photo: Dr Molly Smit (BRW Rotary President) and Eve Layton.

The Learners were invited to our dinner meeting on 18 October to report back on how the camps had advanced their awareness, skills, insights and values.

BRW Club assists Baden School

BRW Club assists Baden School
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There are 33000 Rotary clubs around the world and they undertake a huge variety of projects, but Breede River Winelands Rotary Club may be the first to build a baboon-proof fence!

Mrs Snyman, the principal at Baden School, explained the problem - “the children are terrorised by a large troop of baboons who come down from the mountains and take a shortcut across the playground, on their way to steal fruit from the local farms”.

Baboon experts at Cape Nature were consulted and they suggested that a high fence topped with razor wire would be the most effective solution. Montagu Agrimark supplied 90 metres of fence wire with posts and razor wire at a discounted price; François Joubert, whose farm “Vaalplaas” is near the school, excavated the post holes and his workers erected the fence, all free of charge. As the fruit ripens the hungry baboons will return, but now they will have to take a detour around the edge of the playground en route to the orchards.

This project was fully funded by the proceeds of the 2015 Rotary Montagu Quiz.
The Rotary Club and the school wish to thank Agrimark and François Joubert for their help and the local businesses and participants who supported the Quiz.


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Rotarians with a group of school learners, teachers as well as Francois Joubert with his group of helpful volunteers who offered their assistance with the building of the fence.

Entrepreneurship Courses

Entrepreneurship Courses
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Our BRW Rotary Club collaborates with the McGregor Breede Skills Centre by assisting their presenter, Pieter Holloway, to identify potential delegates for Entrepreneurship Courses in Montagu

The typical candidate that we look for is any of the following: school leavers who are hardworking, but financially unable to afford attending the courses, yet would benefit from it; and also potential entrepreneurs who are interested in starting their own businesses, but needs the know-how, guidance and support.

The Breede River Winelands Club (Skills Development Project) helps to subsidise some of the delegates who attend these 4 / 5-day courses including the identifying of Mentors to monitor the progress of each of the candidates.

ShelterBox

ShelterBox
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Buy a Box, make a difference!
It's a box, not huge, about big enough to sit on, yet it holds everything one family would need to survive in the aftermath of a natural disaster. That is why it is called Shelterbox. If it were available in the hundreds of thousands it alone could save hundreds of thousands of lives.
It should surprise no one to find out that this brilliant but simple idea has been taken up by Rotary International, is now an unstoppable life saving machine, and the Breede Winelands Rotary Club is putting its promotional muscle behind it.
Every year hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything to disasters of one kind or another, hurricanes, earthquakes, fire and flood. Through no fault of their own and often with no warning, they lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods so that every day becomes a battle for survival.
Give them a Shelterbox, and they would be alright because inside one of these is most of what they desperately need, like a tent, blankets, ground-sheets, water storage and purification equipment, stove, cooking utensils, mosquito nets, solar lamps, basic tools, and other vital items.
The contents are variable, tailored to the needs of the moment and the disaster.
So huge has the project become that it now has an identity of its own, ShelterBox International.
Shelterbox Southern Africa is a new affiliate, based in Paarl, and the operational hub for the African continent.
As an integral part of the ShelterBox family, ShelterBox Southern Africa provides both logistical and fundraising support. Response teams go to work instantly when disaster reports are received. They visit the area, determine what is needed, and get it there as fast as humanly possible.
If anyone would like to make a contribution to the excellent work ShelterBox does, whether it be for the victims in the Phillipine disaster, or flood victims, closer to home, you can contact any Breede River Winelands Rotary member.
You could buy a whole box, some contents, or just give cash. That donation would make you an important part of the effort, and Shelterbox would keep you informed of where your money has gone!

Paarl Rotary ShelterBox
Nedbank
Current Account
Branch: 10191000
Acc no: 1019395524

Whilst a complete ShelterBox costs R8500.00 (as at Nov 2013) any and all
donations will be gratefully received.

All donors will be issued with a box number (shared or otherwise) - they may
"track" their box to its final destination.

Thank you for your interest in our efforts to distribute shelter where it is so desperately needed.

You can also contact Our Breede River Winelands Rotary Club:
Ronel Preston: ronelpreston@breede.co.za
or
our Secretary: Keith Poole : k-mpoole@lando.co.za

To contact ShelterBox Southern Africa, in Paarl, direct:
Telephone: +27 (0)21 872 4063
Email: dave@shelterboxsa.org.za
PO Box 26, Paarl. 7622

GROW - Hospitality Staff Training

GROW - Hospitality Staff Training
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The GROW Skills Development Project (a joint initiative of the Montagu-Ashton Tourism Association and the Breederiver Winelands Rotary Club) held the first of the “Service Excellence” Training Workshops at the Montagu Country Hotel on the 17th July 2013.

Because of the collaborative input by both organisations as well as the services of experienced workshop presenters who have volunteered their skills and knowledge at no cost, the GROW Skills Training Project is able to offer the training FREE of charge to both staff and owners of businesses. A big thank you must also be extended to the Cape Winelands Municipality who has been offering financial support to this project for the 3rd year running.

Initially these workshops are aimed at and for the benefit of Hospitality Industry employees, the aim is plan to expand it to include Front of House Staff, Telephonists, Sales Staff, Petrol Attendants, etc., so that we can collectively offer a more polished ‘Montagu-package’ to our community and visitors alike.
On completion of the one-day course, the Employees are presented with a Certificate of Attendance.

Judging from the feedback received from many of those who attended the first workshop, it appears that not only was a lot of new information gleaned, but that a fun day was had by all the delegates and presenters alike!

For a Gallery of Photos of this event please see:

GROW - Skills Development

GROW - Skills Development
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The GROW Skills Development Project aims to serve as a Skills Training Platform as well as a Marketing Umbrella for individuals, groups and organisations. The main purpose of the activities of this Project is to help people to develop and use their skills (inherent and acquired) in order to help sustain themselves and ultimately to become Self Employed as far as possible.

The Project aims to constantly recruit key individuals who share an interest in community development and who are interested in imparting their knowledge, life experience and skills with others.
Aside from practical skills, the aim is also to focus on Life Skills Training.
We have a richness of talent and a giving spirit amongst the people in our community and the more volunteers we get on board to help, the faster and more effectively our project and community will grow into a self-sustaining one.

The project is a challenging one – we live in tough times when unemployment is escalating by the day (and as a result, crime levels rise with it). Coupled to this, is the continued attitude of entitlement among so many in our community … waiting for handouts instead of a willingness to make an effort by trying to improve their lot themselves. Some are plain disinterested, some genuinely lack skills of any kind and/or simply do not have the confidence to even try.
This is where we hope to make a difference – however small to start with, and however slow the progress: the focus will be solely to Help those with and interest to Help Themselves

OUR GOAL: The goal is to offer direction and guidance to any willing, responsible and committed people from basic training to entrepreneurial, self sustaining businesses. Each contributor will be given the opportunity to follow a basic guide that breaks down the learning of their speciality into a number of “modules” which can then be presented over a period of time. We are seeing this as a co-operative of real life skills.

We have identified many skills that can be taught … skills that could not only assist the individuals attending our workshops, but skills that have been identified as a real need in the community at the same time. It is no good to acquire a skill that leads nowhere and does not offer the individual the potential to earn a sustainable income from it.

Bonnie People

Bonnie People
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One of our main projects is to assist Bonnie People, a community development project in Bonnievale, Western Cape, South Africa. It assists the inhabitants of a "squatter camp" (informal settlement) situated in a little valley on the edge of Bonnievale. The project invests especially in the needs of the children and acts as guardian for the people of the squatter camp.

Bonnie People strives to care for all the children of the settlement at all possible levels, whether it be food, daily care, schooling, clothing, transport, developing social skills, building self-esteem and trust or just simply feeling loved and cared for.

In the short term, the volunteer workers endeavour to:

* expand the Nursery and Kindergarden
* expand the Youth Activities incorporating more formal training
* develop the food-growing project incorporating home gardens in the settlement
* create adult skills training that can lead to entrepreneurship

In the longer term the aim is to

* build a primary school that will teach children in their mother tongue
* develop the settlement into an environmentally appropriate, sustainable community.

The seed for this Project was planted by Rotarian Heidi van der Merwe, a well-respected Bonnievale resident who has spent the last 15 years volunteering her help to surrounding communities.

For more information, see: www.bonniepeople.co.za

BRWRC support for Hospice

BRWRC support for Hospice
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The Breede River Hospice provides palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses in the territory of the Breede River Winelands Rotary Club, situated in a rural area of 1600 sq kms, comprising five towns and a population nearing 100 000. A large proportion of this population is unemployed and many more have extended households living from a single salary.
The Hospice gives care and management to dying people, maximising the quality of life, minimising pain & ensuring human dignity in the last phase of life. This care is offered irrespective of age, gender, religion, race, sex, handicap or financial resources. It deals with cancer, HIV/AIDS, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer's disease, as well as other chronic illnesses, such as recovery after strokes, and frail care.
Care is provided both at patients' homes all over the above per-urban 'territory' - 14 000km are travelled in an average month - in collaboration with the family and their own doctor. At the Hospice headquarters in Robertson nursing, medication, health monitoring and general & bereavement counselling are also available.
At the start of 2009, a team of 11 medical professionals, 17 community care-givers and 10 support staff were servicing over 300 patients. This team was highly skilled and motivated . However the facilities, equipment and transportation, which the staff depended upon for efficient and timely service delivery, were mostly old and inadequate by modern professional health-care standards. Excessive time and effort were wasted , both by professional and support staff, in having to use primitive and old-fashioned management systems, methods and equipment. These factors were having a seriously negative impact on the potential growth of available services, and their efficient delivery, which are demanded by an explosion in patient numbers in the area.
This project aimed to remove these deficiencies by providing a wide range of equipment items.

Support for REAP

Support for REAP
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RCBRW has been working with an organisation called REAP - the Rural Education Access Programme (www.reap.org.za). They identify promising disadvantaged young people (of all racial groups) who are studying for their matric, encourage them to believe that higher education is possible, guide them through application and support them through university or college.

There are many hundreds of young people whose families have no concept of higher education and are too poor to even think of supporting them. Our Rotary club has facilitated REAP's work in the Breede River Winelands area by using the name of Rotary to bring together the Principals and Careers Teachers of our local high schools at a social occasion and inviting the chief executive of REAP, Clairissa Arendse, to talk about their programme. This simplified REAP's access to the schools and they have recruited several promising young people in the few months we have been working with REAP in 2009.

Food Security Development

 Food Security Development
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The Breede River Winelands Rotary Club's Flagship Project is Food Security. Our aim is to assist in the development and support of food security in our region.
The Montagu Food Security Gardens (Sonneblom Gardens) produces quality vegetable produce for the general public and the disadvantaged in need of food. Additionally it supplies vegetable seedlings in the hundreds of thousands to various community programs across the Western Cape of South Africa. Our Rotary Club, together with the Distell Foundation and Claremont Rotary Club, are the Principal sponsors of the program.

Wheelchairs for needy recipients

Wheelchairs for needy recipients
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To date, the club has collected funds and donated a large number of wheelchairs to needy people, including the Montagu Hospital, Hospice, McGregor Family Centre, Bram Care Centre, Uitvlucht Retirement Home and various private individuals in the community.

Emerging young Golfers

Emerging young Golfers
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The Rotary Club of Breede River Winelands (BRW) has recognised the need to give some of our local youth the opportunity to participate in the wonderful game of golf - many aspire to but do not have the means to take part.
To support this goal, the club, with the assistance of a local coach, Barry Preston, decided to take some of the youth under our wing with weekly coaching sessions.
After roughly two years down the line, the progress among the children (most of them senior school learners) is heartwarming to say the least.

Literacy for all

Literacy for all
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The project provides Xhosa-language readers to 160 Xhosa-speaking pupils at 2 lower primary schools in our region, at Ashton (Zolani) and Robertson (Nkqubela) during the first 3 years of school.
The aim is to improve the literacy level, especially in these previously disadvantaged schools in South Africa, where it is very low. The target area is the first three grades of primary school, because then it will have a positive impact all the way through the remainder of a child's school life. Improved literacy will play a crucial role in fighting abject poverty and unemployment.

McGregor Family Centre

McGregor Family Centre
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The McGregor Family Centre provides a pre-school for 25 children and education for another group with severe learning difficulties such as foetal alcohol syndrome and dyslexia. In 2008 they needed to register with the Department of Education but had insufficient toilet facilities. Working jointly with M.F.C. trustee Barbara Jacobs, Rotary BRW upgraded and expanded the sewerage and toilet system to meet the Dept of Ed requirements. Seen in the picture(s) are Past President Ruud De Clercq, Eve Bryant the Centre Manager, and Barbara Jacobs

Leadership weekend

Leadership weekend
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20 Head Boys and Head Girls from local schools enjoyed a weekend at the Eco Impact Centre on the Breede River near Drew. They learnt teamwork in solving problems, they learned about themselves in negotiating high-rope traverses (even the Rotary President did that one!), they had paintball fun, they camped out for the first time in their lives and they made lots of new friends
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