INKANYISO CRÈCHE UPDATE

To all Donors and Friends of the Inkanyiso Crèche

Dear friends,

A lot has happened since my last report to you. As pictures speak more than words I have included many images with my text. Thanks again for the generous donations which helped us to implement many project at the crèche. Your continued support enables us to help many underprivileged children in the rural areas of Zululand.

Next to the Inkanyiso Crèche we are working on identifying two more projects in the other two communities which border Thanda Safari. Please let me know if you want to help us with the future projects. I really appreciate any support we can get to improve the lives of these young ones 🙂 I will continue to keep you updated on our progress!

… and now the Inkanyiso Crèche news …

Graduation – Thirteen kids graduated end of last year and have now started primary school. Thanks to Lungy, our teacher, they are well prepared for their school life. We had a great party to celebrate the occasion.

Graduation

Class of 2019

Volunteers – Many volunteers have helped over the last 18 month to improve the crèche. But none contributed as much as Miss Olivia – which is what the kids called her – an Australian Primary School Teacher co-teaching at the crèche for four weeks. If you are a teacher who would like to send a few weeks as Ulwazi Volunteer with Lungy and the children then just contact me at christian@sperka.com.

Ulwazi Volunteer

Jungle Gym – It is not news any more but it is still the favourite place for most of the children.

Jungle Gym

Jungle Gym

Flying High – The new trampoline is another winner.

Daily Breakfast – Not one of the kids starts the day hungry any more. We are providing a flavoured porridge breakfast with full fat milk every morning. One of our generous donors has provided funds for the breakfast throughout 2020!

Breakfast

Water and Toilettes – We have added gutters to the roof and installed multiple water tanks to capture the most valuable commodity on earth: Water! And the new toilettes are being built as we speak. It takes a bit longer than originally planned but it is happening now. This is called African Time 🙂

Water and Toilettes

Power for the Crèche – we just installed solar panels and a battery bank to supply the crèche with DC power. This allows charging phones, a small tablet, a small sound system and it provides LED light. The system was installed by EcoElite, who donated system components and will provide service for the system for the next five years. The power will also be used for the water pump for the toilettes.

Power for the Creche

Warm in the Winter for the Class of 2020 – One of our generous donors brought 30 woollen beanies and 30 pair of gloves for the little ones. They will be of great use in the upcoming winter. Most of the kids put them on immediately and ‘tested’ them on the jungle gym. The sunny summer weather did not stop them using their newly acquired clothes.

Winter is coming :-)

Class of 2020

All of us can be proud of what has been achieved in the last 18 month. And there are more projects for the crèche to come: Tiles for the room floors, a shaded outside area, additional training for our teacher, …

We also need to create a yearly fund for the ongoing costs (teacher salary, teaching materials, …). I am working on the budget for that.

And as always at the end: We are grateful for any donation small or large. If we all work together we will be able to keep the Inkanyiso Crèche going for many years to come.

Contact me at christian@sperka.com if you would like to help.

Christian Sperka, February 2020

The Inkanyiso Crèche is supported by many Thanda Safari Guests, the Thanda Foundation Trust, and Friends of the Crèche from all Around the World. Thanks so much for all your help!

INKANYISO CRÈCHE UPDATE

I had finally time to deliver the first batch of goodies to the crèche.

The kids and their volunteer teacher Lungy Philile were delighted about their new tables, crayons, paper, educational toys, balls, large trash container and plastic boxes to store everything in. They especially loved the 11 baby animal posters with names in isiZulu and in English.

I also delivered a nice food hamper for Lungy as a thank you for her volunteer work with the children.

Next I am planning to get them a large white board, pens, more educational games and some outside play equipment (eg swings).

I will keep you updated.

Thanks again for all the generous donations many of you have sent which enable me to help!

About the crèche:

With the help of some guests’ donations Thanda Safari has built this little school house. It is now run by a community committee without the help of any public funds. A volunteer teacher is looking after the – up to 30 – two to four year old kids. This crèche is located in one of the poorest areas of Zululand.

The first goodies …

INKANYISO CRÈCHE UPDATE

The first batch of goodies is ready for delivery to the crèche. I will make a visit soon after the school holidays are finished.

They will get tables, crayons, paper, some educational toys, balls, a large trash container and plastic boxes to store everything in. Thanks to Michelle from Outtheredesign I got nice INKANYISO CRÈCHE labels on everything. Michelle and I have also created 11 baby animal posters with names in isiZulu and in English.

Thanks to the generosity of so many of you I will be able to continue to help with some more things for them for a while. My next project is some ‘outside playground setup’ and more educational toys. I will keep you updated.

If you want more information about my little crèche project go to https://sperka.info/2018/06/14/please-read-this-message/

Thanks for all the help – Have a good weekend!