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  • Blomvlei Library,Hanover Park

    More information about the project The construction of Blomvlei Library was completed in August 2010, but the Librabry officially opened his doors for the students in April 2011. Background information Hanover Park Hanover Park on the Cape Flats is a barren place with double story hostel type accommondation with limited amenities, basic services and no meaningful green community spaces. This area suffers the consequences of high unemployment, drug, gang ang gun related crime and violence, affecting the people and children living in these communities. Facing the threat of violence and drug, the community of Hanover Park stands amongst the most vulnerable communities in South Africa. Library 'Schools must become centers of community life' The school is the door to the future of this community. The learners of the school are the primary beneficiaries of the facility. We are looking at opening the facility to the broader community. The center will provide a place of safety, inspiration and education to the community. Programs who are implement in the library with the help of local NGO's, such as our partnerships with Equal Education, includes: Literacy development Thinking skills Business Life skills Career Guidance and exposure to career opportunities Outcomes Facilities are to support a full programme of extra-curricular activities for the learners of Blomvlei Primary School, including: sport, recreation, arts and culture as well as academic support programmes. Facilities are to create a safe and inspiring home away from home environment. Facilities are to serve a broader community education function. The School Governing Body is to be empowered to manage the ongoing operation of the facility. Certain components of the centre are included because of their potential to generate income Latest video of the project: [youtube]www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JoxW5i6eOM[/youtube] Primary Beneficiaries The Learners of Blomvlei Primary School. Secondary Beneficiaries The learners from other schools in Hanover Park. The children and youth of Hanover Park - through the programmes offered at the center. Community groups benefiting children and youth through affordable access to the facilities. NPO's benefiting children and youth through affordable facility / office hire at the center. The broader community through the programmes offered at the center and affordable access to the facilities. Future In the future we hope to complete Library with: a school hall with a stage and markings for multiple indoor sports; change room and toilets; catering kitchen; conference room; internet cafe; office space for community development organisations; library and media centre; educare creche; recycling centre; sports fields and hardcourt surfaces; seedling nursery and food garden.…

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    Red Green and Gold Creche

    The Red Green & Gold Creche (RGG Creche) is an educational day-care and pre-school. It provides a safe, supervised, and educational environment to young children in the Marcus Garvey community in the Philippi Township six to seven days per week. In the summer of 2011, the TCD Trust came into contact with a group of women who founded and run the Red Green & Gold Creche (RGG Creche), an educational daycare and preschool. The Creche provides a safe, supervised, and educational environment to young children in the Marcus Garvey community in the Philippi Township six to seven days per week. In a supervised and caring setting the RGG ladies foster curiosity and facilitate an interest in school and learning within and to children from a very early age. The women at the creche are very inspiring individuals and the creche is creating real changes in their community. The impact is direct and the effects are huge, yet funds are scarce. The Creche women work every day of the week with neither an income nor salary. They are in the initial stages of creating an organic garden through which to provide fresh and healthy food to the children. They want to create a green space and play area behind the creche for the children to play. A number of the teachers are in the process of attaining their formal teaching certificates to improve their teaching skills, leading to a higher quality of education for the children. They are greatly motivated to improve the daycare and provide a quality education to the children, yet face a glass ceiling due to lack of capital and available resources. Members of the Philippi community constructed a small shack that functions as the Creche’s building. While functional, the shack lacks insulation, plumbing, electricity and windows, and the roof is leaking. The TCD Trust loves to help this community to replace the shack with a warm, sturdy, and insulated structure, as every child is entitled to pursue his or her education in a warm and dry environment. The TCD Trust will build a Wendy House for the children at the RGG Creche. This Wendy House will give the children a warm place to educate, it will be a safe place during in summer and winter. In the Wendy House will also come some clean toilets, one for the boys and one for the girls. Besides the Wendy House, the TCd Trust will clean up the place and the play area for the children. So the children can play safely outside. The Mount Nelson Hotel hosted an fundraiser on 3 September 2011. We raised close to R130 000.00 in one night! The raised funds will make it possible to build the proper Wendy House for this project! We thank the Mount Nelson Hotel who sponsored the venue, meal and wine on the evening, our guests who supported us, our sponsors who provided prizes for our raffle and auction, without you this would not have been possible. We are very excited and very happy that we can support such a good project with enthusiastic individuals!…

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    Respite Centre

    The aim of the trust's Respite Centre project was to build a care centre for people suffering from HIV and other infectious diseases. This project was a joint effort between the TCD Trust and an enthusiastic group of Irish volunteers - The Woodberry Woodpeckers. The much needed facility was openend in March 2007. More information about the project South Africa has more people infected with HIV than any country in the world. Women in South Africa are doubly affected by the disease. They far outnumber men in the number of new infections and are the primary caretakers of the sick and orphaned. The epidemic has put a heavy burden on the backs of poor woman and girls, yet their courage is inspirational. In the sprawling township of Khayelitsha, Rosie Mashale, founder of the Baphumelele Centre in 2001, has taken in 64 children who have been orphaned by the epidemic. Some of these children are HIV-positive and require constant care. Many women from the community help Rosie care for her children. (Source: www.sadevelopmentfund.org). According to the manager of the Baphumelele Children's Home, Jeff Brovet, the number of orphans has risen to 97 today. In 2005 she was named as one of the finalists of the Woman of Worth Awards in Cape Town Last year in August when a small group of the Woodberry Woodpeckers visited Rosie, she said to them that it was her dream to have a respite center as part of the Baphumelele Children's Home as she saw the need for shelter for kids and young adults affected with HIV/Aids and other related diseases, that has been rejected by their families and communities. The Woodpeckers immediately launched a massive fundraising campaign on their return to Ireland. The first deposit to the Tourism Community Development Trust was made in November 2006.In total they have deposited R970 000 and has also donated 10 pallets of toys, clothing and school items to Baphumelele. The shipment will be delivered in Khayelitsha on Monday, 05 March. What they have done with their money * Constructed the double storey respite center (completed) * Funded an ambulance for the center (in progress) * Funded 15 hospital beds, lockersand cubicles (in progress) * Funded all other furniture, kitchen and appliances (in progress) * Funded Rosie 'wish list' of items that is always just out of reach for them (in progress) * All the finishing to the interior and exterior will be funded by them (in progress) What they will find when they get there: * A complete new respite center of which the occupation will increase as the month progresses * They are waiting for all the hospital beds and curved curtain rails to be installed.There will be 6-7 hospital beds but no cubicles as yet. That will be installed on the 9th of March. * As you read, they are purchasing and furnishing the building with appliances * No curtains in front of the windows as this is part of the job function of the Woodpeckers * No built in Cupboards as this is part of the job function of the Woodpeckers * No paving as this is part of the job function of the Woodpeckers * No burglar bars in front of the windows as this is part of the job function of the Woodpeckers * Bathrooms are tiled but need the finishing touches * It is Rosie’s wish to have the boundary wall painted. If weather permits, this is part of the job function of the Woodpeckers The Woodberry Woodpeckers will work hard over the weekend to be finished in time of the opening on Monday, 05 March which will be attended by * Rosie and her team of care takers * The Irish Ambassador to SA, Mr. Colin Wrafter * The Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Ms Charlotte Williams * The CEO of Cape Town Routes Unlimited, Sheryl Ozinsky * The Woodberry Woodpeckers from Ireland * Trustees of the TCD Trust * Fairfield Tours (the tour operator) We are all very proud and honoured to be part of this project which was funded by the Woodberry Woodpeckers, facilitated by Amabokoboko Sport (member of the Fairfield Group) and the Tourism Community Development Trust (TCD Trust). …

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    Baphumelele Educare Centre

    Baphumelele Educare Centre is a pre-school and creche in the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town. It was begun by a remarkable compassionate woman Rosie Mashale. More information about the project The Trust has aligned itself with the Baphumelele Children’s Home and Educare centre in Khayelitsha in 2006. This pre-school and creche was started by a remarkable compassionate woman called Rosie Mashale. With donations from local and international donors, a school was built which currently absorbs approximately 250 children from the community of Khyaletisha. Approximately 35 of these children come from the Baphumelele Children’s Home which was also started by Rosie – this Home provides a safe haven and loving home for abandoned, ill and abused children. Parents pay a meagre fee (approx R100/month) for their children to attend teh educare centre. These fees are used to cover the salaries of the 21 teacher/aids; food (breakfast, lunch and tea are provided) and general upkeep of the centre. However, there is always a shortage of funds and certainly never any funds to buy equipment that the school desperately needs. Before the trust got involved with this project, the school required things like educational toys, books, games, building toys, and art equipment. The following activities have also been undertaken by the trust over its years of support and involvement at Baphumelele: replacing broken toilets fixing leaking roofs and/or damp walls fitting lights in dark & gloomy areas building new sleeping quarters in some areas of the children’s home painting the interior & exterior of some rooms/buildings tiling some floor/wall areas providing furniture and equipment as needed arranging outings for the children creating a “sponsor-a-child” campaign for the children’s home …

  • Schools 4 Schools

    Schools 4 Schools is a UK based charity. The TCD Trust has joined forces with this charity, acting as their on-the-ground agents. More information about the project The TCD Trust has teamed up with a UK charity: Schools-4-Schools. The Trust is acts as their on-the-ground agents, identifying projects, overseeing operations and allocating funding. Schools-4-Schools have been given a mandate by Maskew Miller Longman to build as many community libraries as possible, which they will fully stock with books. The TCD Trustees has facilitated meetings with government representatives to discuss acquisition of land for the building of libraries. …

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    Rosie’s Soup Kitchen

    Rosie started service soup to the children of her community in 2002. The trust decided to support Rosie by equipping her with a brand new kitchen. More information about the project When Rosie first started serving soup to the children in her community, she cooked up her delicious and healthy soup from a small “wendy house” in her neighbourhood in Khayelitsha. The trust helped Rosie by having proper plans drawn up for a solid structure with all necessary kitchen equipment. The trust also facilitated the fundraising of the initial construction and subsequent additions to the kitchen. …

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    Clothing Collection

    The Clothing Collection project makes it easy to distribube old/unwanted clothes from hostels, backpackers and guesthouses to the poorer communities. More information about the project The TCD Trust launched this simple, but effective initiative by supplying bins to participating hostels, backpackers and guest houses around Cape Town. Guests may place any unwanted clothing, etc in these bins upon their departure. These bins fill up amazingly fast and we then pass the clothing on to the Red Cross, who distribute it to the needy. Anyone interested in keeping a bin at their establishment or to donate goods can contact the Trust. …

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    Africa My Bra

    More information about the project In South Africa "africa my bra" is slang for "Africa my brother" and "Africa shu" is slang for "Africa wow!" In this instance, obviously, "bra" is for brassiere and "shu" is for shoe. "Africa my bra" and "Africa shu" are the names chosen for the unique beaded bra straps and barefoot shoes made by previously unemployed African women. The packaging is environmentally friendly, made from recycled brown paper and the colour of the name represents Our Rainbow Nation. The idea originated when Dahlene Griffiths stopped smoking and needed a way to occupy her restless hands. Her clever designs soon became popular, but demand was fast overtaking supply and when she expressed her dismay at this dilemma to a friend, Di Thomas, who happens to be a trustee of the TCDT, their two minds got ticking… The Trust had been looking at ways to create employment and encourage entrepeneurship amongst women in the townships. Surely, with their strong tradition of beadwork, these women would be perfect "braand shu" makers? The plan was quickly put into action, beginning with the training of Lucy Susela, Di’s 2-day -a-week-char, who was desparately in need of further employment. She, in turn, trained and sub-contracted a group of women from her immediate community. These ladies are working from home, so they have no transport costs and no need for daycare for their children. There is no expense to the beaders. They are supplied with a needle, string, beads, hooks and the training to get started. Their creativity is endless and Dahlene has given them the freedom to be creative with the materials that she supplies. They are paid in cash on completion of each pair. As word of mouth spreads, the network grows. So far 16 women and one man are putting bread on the table, where before there was none. Some are still in training and many more will be trained… Shu, it’s so exciting my bra!…

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    Chris Hani School

    The Trust has first asssited the Chris Hani School in 2004. The Chris Hani School is an independent school in the Joe Slovo Informal settlement in Langa, Cape Town. More information about the project The Trust took this independent school in the Joe Slovo Informal settlement in Langa under it’s wing in 2004. A number of initiatives were started to help ease the burden on these enterprising educators. The project received a much needed boost after The Angel Network, established by popular talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, decided to support the school. In December 2004 Trustee, Enver Malley of Grass Routes Tours took Oprah out to visit the school and she agreed to pay the salaries of all the teachers for the next 3 years. She has also donated a mini library to the school. Dr Tim Kuypers, Director of the Network Economics Consulting Group in Sydney Australia, also donated a number of computers and software to the school. The donation included the financing of computer training for the teachers, to enable them to effectively utilize the computers. …

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    Masikule Home Creche

    Masikule Home Creche once provided little protection from Cape Town's weather. It was obvious that it was not a learning conducive environment for children . The TCD Trust faciliated the planning and building of a brand new creche for the township children. More information about the project Masikhule Home Creche – The TCD Trust Founding Project In 1993, when the tourism industry was still in it’s fledgling stages, a few small companies began running Township tours. At the time, this was a very new concept, indeed, most white South Africans had never set foot in a Township. These tours have subsequently grown in popularity, especially with foreign visitors, who are keen to get a wider perspective on the social & cultural aspects of our land. Many visitors express an interest in making a difference in the lives of the communities that they visit and this is how Di Thomas, one of the current Trustees and owner of Daytrippers, along with Sam from Sam's Cultural Tours and Lee & Toni from The Backpack / Africa Travel Centre, became involved in the building of the Masikhule Home Creche in KTC. The Need for a New Creche The original creche, while filled with happy, energetic children, consisted of no more than corrugated aluminum panels patched with cardboard providing little protection from Cape Town's weather. It was obvious that it was not an environment conducive to learning during the children's formative years. Donations After working consistently for several months to raise the needed money and thanks to many generous donations, Di Thomas, along with various colleagues in the industry and abroad, finally raised enough funds to approach a builder with plans for a more adequate and desperately needed new creche. …