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Community Projects in Riebeek Kasteel, Riebeek West, Hermon, Riebeeksrivier South Africa

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Riebeek Valley Community Garden Project
Riebeek Kasteel Community Garden Project

In the winter of 2003 the number of hungry people begging in the streets and asking for food door to door motivated a group of women in Riebeek Kasteel to begin a soup kitchen. It soon became clear, however, that more help was needed as many people were being turned away when the pots ran empty.
A piece of land was identified as a good site and in 2004 Quivertree Puplications (a Cape Town publishing company) undertook to pay for the rental from Propnet of a hectare (10 160m2) of land. Now we could begin growing our own food and getting the community more involved in finding solutions to the problem of poverty and poor nutrition.

At present our Garden consists of a Food and Nutrition Centre supported by the Department of Social Development providing up to 150 meals a day, a Communal Kitchen Garden providing vegetables to supplement those donated for distribution, a Childrens’ Vegetable Garden, a venue for a weekly environmental educational session for a youth group of 60 children, a weekly job creation project and 5 privately managed allotment vegetable gardens.

The Project is run by a committee of 4 women in consultation with the other members of the community which it is assisting.

Riebeek Kasteel Garden Project

 

Riebeek Kasteel Gemeenskapstuin Projek
PO BOX 298
Riebeek Kasteel
Co-Ordinator: Bridget Doyle
Email: bridgetd1@polka.co.za
Cell: 0726407321 •   PH: 0224481163

Riebeek ValleySteel Band Project
The Steelband Project (Western Cape) has been running steelbands in the Valley since 1998, providing the youth in the area with an opportunity to develop their musical and performance skills. There are currently 2 bands active - one in Riebeek Kasteel and the other in Hermon.

The Riebeek Kasteel Steelband is a very experienced 16-piece group that performs regularly at weddings, events and festivals in the Valley and further afield. They have done residencies at Ratanga Junction and at Moyo at Spier Wine Estate, as well as performed at Parliament and Kirstenbosch Gardens.

For enquiries and bookings call David Wickham
at 082 8989 663 • david@steelband.co.za or visit the Steelband Project website at www.steelband.org.za

Riebeek Valley Steel Band

 

Riebeek West Community GardensRiebeekWest Community Gardens

Sophie Fletcher, a long standing resident of Riebeek West, recognised the need to create a project for the children in the area who were in a high risk environment for drugs and violent crime. Along with her husband, David, they purchased a 7500sqm piece of land and started a community garden. Children grow vegetables, look after livestock and learn about responsible citizenship like picking up litter, treating animals well, respecting eachother, etc. The project is funded by donations alone.

Sophie Fletcher • Tel: 022 461 2728 brinorproject@yahoo.co.uk

Riebeek Valley Community Theatre

Riebeek Valley Community Theatre

The Riebeek Valley Community Theatre consists of a group of enthusiastic, energetic and talented members of all the communities in the Riebeek valley, including Riebeek West, Riebeek Kasteel and Hermon. We endeavour to create regular entertainment, not just for ourselves, but for fellow Riebeek Valley inhabitants and beyond. We would like to encourage and cultivate our young talent by sourcing sponsorship for further studies, theatre outings to Cape Town and creating opportunities for them to showcase their talents.  We would like to inspire and expose our whole community to the wonders of the performing arts. All the members volunteer their time selflessly and with real passion.

Willie Erasmus • 083 748 6328wrhino@telkomsa.net www.rvcommunitytheatre.weebly.com

Riebeek Valley Empowerment Project

Valley Empowerment Project

The Valley Empowerment Project (VEP) is an independent community project, launched in 2006 to provide free counselling support for survivors of crime, violence and trauma from the Riebeek Valley. Our trauma intervention and youth outreach programmes aim to improve the welfare and safety of our Valley’s children and thereby contribute to a healthy, happy, integrated and resilient community.

The organisation is responsibly and enthusiastically run by a small Committee of local volunteers who are passionate about the Riebeek Valley and all of its residents. Our overarching function is to formulate appropriate and sustainable responses to trauma situations and to raise funds for initiatives that reduce the inherent situational risks that our many of our youngsters experience. Our fundraising efforts ensure that our trauma counsellors receive accredited training and ongoing capacity building. In addition, we ensure that our trauma centres are comfortable, well-equipped, safe and confidential, so that we are able to give our community the very best of care.

In addition, we run a positive, stimulating activity programme during school holidays for high risk youth, as well as an annual Christmas party for younger children from compromised backgrounds. We also help to empower our community through informative talks and workshops on critical social issues e.g. domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse.

Our project is funded by our own fund-raising efforts, as well as ad hoc donations from local businesses, residents and friends who support our project’s social transformation objectives.

For further information please contact:
Yvette Puchert (Trauma Centre Coordinator) • 022 448 1105 • 083 441 2083 • yvettepuchert@telkomsa.net
• 078 971 4041 (Trauma Centre)


Goedgedacht Rural Centre
GoedgedachtOur Path out of Poverty (POP) Programme has been implemented succesfully on 32 farms in the Riebeeksrivier Valley since 1998. POP is a holistic and integrated and a very long-term approach and aims to create spaces to build the human capacity of rural people so that they have the skills, capacity and means to break the cycles of poverty which have trapped them for so many generations. POP has been implemented since 1998 and focusses on Education, Health, Personal Development and Care for our Planet. It consists of antenatal classes for pregnant women, parenting training for parents, baby unit, creche facilities, pre-school, grade R, after school support programmes, youth life skills programmes, youth leadership programmes, school holiday programmes, sport development programmes, community development programmes, community savings groups, feeding programmes, elderly support programmes and monthly educational photo story book.

Our dream is to have a POP Youth Centre in every rural community in South Africa in the next few years. We have started to replicate the programme in Riebeek Kasteel and our Southern Cross POP Youth Centre in Asla in Riebeek Kasteel has started with antenatal classes for pregnant women which is generously facilitated by Bruna on Friday mornings at 11:00, an elderly support programme on on Thursday mornings in conjunction with the local clinic, a recent school holiday programme that was attended by nearly 200 children and another 300 children who were outside the doors of the centre but we only budgeted for 50 children! and an after school support programme every afternoon after school till 17:00. This centre is managed by Edlyne van der Westhuizen and we are inviting everyone to come and meet her and see the centre. I have attached a few pictures of the after school support programme which was attended last week by more than 100 children from Riebeek Kasteel. We are desperately in need of volunteers to come and assist these very keen children with reading, writing and maths skills.

DonationsWe will start building our 3rd POP Youth Centre in Riebeek West soon which will provide services which will include a community gym and a trauma facility to the community of Riebeek West. This centre was made possible by the VGK Church, PPC and the local municipality. We will keep you posted on the progress hereof.

To contribute to the work of Goedgedacht, please visit the website, download and print a form, fill it in and fax it back. By donating an olive tree in the Goedgedacht Olive Peace Grove you will be helping a rural child onto a path out of poverty.

Phone: 022 482 4466 / 1291 / 4466 • Fax: 086 655 5211 • email: jeannegoedgedacht@telkomsa.net
www.goedgedacht.org

Annie's Blog
http://anniestories.wordpress.com
Written mainly by Annie Templeton the director of the Goedgedacht Trust and occasionally by her colleage Ingrid Lestrade the Co-ordinator of our Path out of Poverty Programme, keeping friends, donors and funders in touch with the anti-poverty work on Goedgedacht Farm.
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