More people in Hluvukani to benefit from the crops

Since the windmill went up in early 2012 permanent access to water has allowed many more people in the village to benefit from the crops grown. The project has been able to provide assistance to both families and youngsters without parents who rely on the vegetable garden as their only means of access to fresh produce.

a barrow full of food

A wheel barrow full of fresh food

A Hluvukani  orphan in the Kunavelela Garden

One of Hluvukani’s orphans

Grannies and Single Moms

Grannies and Single Moms

Working in the Kunavelela Garden

Working in the Kunavelela Garden

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A Rotarian from Bowen Island, Canada, visits Kunavelela

Sheila Webster visits Kunavelela

Harry Ubisi and his daughter hosts Sheila Webster — a visitor to the garden from the Rotary Club of Bowen Island (Canada)

Sheila Webster, a member of Rotary Club of Bowen Island and the driving force behind the bulb sales that provide much needed funds annually for specific Kunavelela projects, came to Hluvukani for her first visit. During a short trip to the Lowveld, Sheila met with members of the Kunavelela Team and was shown what the proceeds from the bulb sales have managed to accomplish. In Addition Sheila confirmed that funds raised from the 2012 bulb sales were on the way and these have been allocated to start the necessary processes of planning and drawing up plans for the day care/community centre.

John & Sue Blakemore Pledge support for Day Care in Hluvukani

In November 2012 John & Sue Blakemore met Smilling whilst on a Safari in South Africa and have pledged substantial funding to purchasing equipment for the daycare/community centre that the project hopes to develop in the near future.  John and Sue have sponsored not only project running expenses for a year but also the funds to purchase play equipment for the day care centre once it is established. The Blakemore’s generous contributions to equipment for the play area will be utilised once the centre is established and the area named in honor of Charlie.

 

The remainder of Bowen Island 2011 Rotary donation received

Tractor Ploughing Kunavelela Garden

Tractor Ploughing Kunavelela Garden
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The remainder of Rotary Club of Bowen Island funds raised in 2011 were received mid-2012 and have been put to good use to clear rocks and create more arable land in the vegetable garden. Towards the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, tractors were hired to plough the southern section of the garden and in February 2013, two TLB machines were hired to clear the rocks from the centre of the garden and shore-up the eastern boundary fence. It has taken some time to rent the necessary equipment at an affordable rate but Harry managed to find someone and the project is well on its’ way to creating a sufficiently large area that can be used for farming and food growing in the village.

Vegetable Garden 1 from Water Tower

Vegetable Garden from Water Tower

Until now, the vegetable garden has been functioning at about 20% capacity, but with the ground cleared and more land available for planting, additions of water tanks and irrigation will need to be made in order to increase the output and meet the communities needs.

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #2

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #2

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #3

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #3

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #4

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #4

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #5

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #5

Westend Football Club and G.A.S.E. Marine partner up again

Donation leaves United Kingdom for Hluvukani

Donation leaves UK for Hluvukani

Westend Football Club in the UK ran another equipment drive to collect soccer gear and uniforms to send to Hluvukani for the Black Birds teams in 2012. In November, the collection of gear filling 11 boxes left the UK destined for Hluvukani and arrived in early January 2013. (Note: these pictures are thumbnails; please click them to see the full-size image.)

Ricky and JayneThwaites with Harry and Smilling

Ricky and Jayne Thwaites with Harry and Smilling

The Westend donation was followed up by a personal visit from Westends’ Football Club Ricky Thwaites and his family who visited the village they have so generously sponsored since 2008.

Ricky Thwaites and family visit Hluvukani school

Ricky Thwaites and family visit Hluvukani school

Harry and Smilling both took leave from work for the occasion and the day was spent visiting the schools, and interacting with the village children.

Westend Trophy

Westend Trophy

Smilling is in discussion with the heads of the local schools and plans to organize a regular tournament, the prize will be the shiny new trophy donated by Westend.

Adrian Ethridge of G.A.S.E. Marine, also UK based once again supported Kunavelela and its Soccer aims by covering all transport and customs costs and organized for the 11 boxes to be delivered door-to-door.

Our friends Adrien Etheridge and Ricky & Jayne Thwaites have been long-term supporters and financial contributors to the Kunavelela Community Project since 2008 and have made such a difference to the soccer component of the project.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to get the donation to Hluvukani.

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Ricky Plays With Kids

Ricky Plays With Kids

Westend Soccer Donation

Westend Soccer Donation

Westend Donation

Westend Donation

Westend Girls

Westend Girls

Some of the Team

Some of the Team

Blackbirds in Uniform

Blackbirds in Uniform

Soccer gear donated by Westend Football club

Friendly Match - Soccer / FootballWith donations of soccer gear made by Westend Football club, the teams are now able to fully participate in matches held within the region, youngsters and older players regularly get to participate in friendly matches held in the village.

Computers donated to the Kunavelela Community Project

Smilling Working on donated computerDonations from generous sponsors have enabled the Kunavelela Community Project to keep pace with technology.  Harry and Smilling both have laptop computers and are now able to communicate directly with Sponsors,  Thank you Westend Football Club and Rotary clubs of Bowen Island and Burnaby for Smilling and Harry’s Computers.