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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

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The gift of water – a photo essay of raising a windmill

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Ground cleared for the daycare center

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   In late March, Niah and volunteers from within the community and one of the local churches in the village began clearing the site purchased for the day care centre.  The site was pegged and marked and the heavy brush has been removed in readiness for building preparations.

Progress on the veggie garden

In February, work began to level and earmark proper beds in the vegetable garden, plots were measured and marked out, levelled and built up around the edges to maximize the water use in the dry season.

In early April, work continues in the vegetable garden.  The area has been levelled with the help of a team of donkey’s ploughing the land into workable furrows for tilling and the planting beds have been prepared for winter crops. 

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There are additional funds on their way from Rotary and these will be used to clear the southern portion of the garden of rocks.  These funds will also be used to add irrigation pipes to the southern section of garden, purchase seeds and upgrade security of the new infrastrucure. 
For now though, Manyike has attached a length of 50m irrigation pipe to the tank outlet which will provide water to the cultivated northern half of the garden.

Smilling and Harry continue to work to secure community support and involvement for their project.  Through continued meetings with the village headman, the municipality, local farmers and members of the department of agriculture, churches and other non-profit organizations as well as from community members themselves, the project gains momentum, going from strength to strength.

Canadian Rotary Clubs Make a large donation

In 2011 Andi Webster secured sponsorship from Canadian Rotary organisations, both Bowen Island Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Burnaby came on board to support Kunavelela in purchasing and installing a windmill, 6m tank stand and 10 000 litre water tanks and simple irrigation system for the vegetable garden.  

Funds were raised on the Bowen Island side through spring bulb sales and once again Gogo Sheila with the hard work and effort she put in together with fellow Rotarians managed to raise over a third of the estimated funds needed to purchase the necessary infrastructure.  On the Burnaby side, Dean Rohrs an expat South African with many years of non-profit experience and valued advice and guidance organized funds.

Harry, Smilling, and Andi spent a week in the village with various contractors and helpers from the village putting up the windmill and tank stands. Conditions were tough with most days reaching into the high thirties and Smilling and Harry outdid themselves organizing for things to be fetched and carried, digging trenches and laying pipes, adding muscle to the lifting and a friendly smile to the visitors and youngsters in the village. On the 27th January 2012 at 16h47 the first drops of water splashed into the water tanks – Kunavelela Community Project vegetable garden now has access to year round water.

With Rotary funding, Kunavelela also managed to contribute some much needed medical equipment and supplies for the local clinic with which Niah is involved in assisting needy families.  Erick, one of the village Nduna’s (headman), accompanied us to the clinic to show his support of the project when we delivered the goods and gave us some time afterwards to speak about the goals for the community.

With left over funding from the Rotary donation we were able to purchase a laptop for Harry, an important project asset that will allow Harry to be directly involved with communications.

Our appreciation goes to all Rotary members who in any way assisted and supported the project logistically and financially and to Dean Rohrs for making the time to come and inspect the completed project on a recent visit to South Africa.

Thanks go to Marina Muller from Marina Boreholes, Tintsi and Moses who spent long hours up high in the heat putting the windmill together.  Thanks also to Chris Hanekom and his team from Hoedspruit Steel who, despite flooding of their workshop the week before installation managed to get things ready for construction and assembly on schedule.

Thanks go once again to Corey Mah, for allowing us to use the veg garden logo.

Granny’s Assa, Nora, Violet, and Eva for assisting with site clearance, water carrying and general support.  Life and Patrick for the creativity you brought to the signboard, Manyike for accepting responsibility to maintain and watch over the equipment and secure the windmill.

Kara Anderson

ImageIn 2011 whilst on a visit to Canada Andi Webster met up with Kara Anderson one of Kunavelela’s long time supporters to discuss project progress and the way forward.  Kara put together the “Say Something” fundraising campaign and assisted in raising funds to sink the borehole for the vegetable garden.  In 2010 Kara raised funds for Kunavelela by selling tote bags with the veg garden logo (designed by Corey Mah) and proceeds were put toward soccer as well as purchasing much needed school supplies for children in the village.  Earlier in 2011 Westend Football Juniors in collaboration with G.A.S.E. Marine organized the delivery of a significant number of uniforms that were collected over a period of time.

Tribute to Granny Mzimba and her brave orphan boys

16 year old Kippon takes on the responsibility for himself and his younger brother Although there have been many positive developments since our April
Newsletter and many of the goals we set at the beginning of the year
are coming to fruition, we would like to acknowledge the challenges and
loss faced by one of the families in Hluvukani. It has been a sad time
for Kippon and his younger brother Khulani. Granny Mzimba who has
cared for Kippon and his brother since the death of their parents 5
years ago, passed away in July leaving Kippon who is still at school and not yet seventeen, to
carry the responsibility of caring for himself and younger brother. Having lost their
parents, and now their Granny, the boys are reliant on food parcels from the local
government and whatever support the community around them can offer. You are both in our
thoughts.