To ensure that school holidays were no longer an endless bore for local children, Capespan Blue Hand and the Thembalethu Trust hosted Youth Holiday Clubs, offering leisure and entertainment activities combined with educational life skills and food. That same year we assisted the Trust in upgrading the Nolukhanyo community crèche’s Grade R classroom and ablution facilities at Nomathamsanqa.
Care Works supplemented the Thembalethu Trust’s work further by conducting HIV counselling and voluntary health screening campaigns to help and train workers from Capespan’s Penhill farm and five SRCC Farming Trust farms.
- Construction of pre-school facilities at Place of Hope was made possible by dint of a funding collaboration between Capespan Blue Hand and Hong Kong-based Metspan, in alliance with two local NGOs, Mercy Care and Marist Brothers, who started the Place of Hope Project some years ago. Both the pre-school and Community Health Care and Crafts Centre, which accommodate approximately 120 young children, positively impact more than 500 Valencia families.
- Collaborating with the AgriSeta, Capespan Blue Hand funded an ABET programme on Penhill Farm in 2012/13, followed by training labourers as peer educators in good health practices.
To manage adult education and training more effectively, Capespan Blue Hand assisted a number of academically-deserving workers from Applethwaite and Queen Ann farms to acquire further levels in their ABET training during 2012-13.
In helping to develop tomorrow’s leaders, we partnered with Symphonia’s leadership development programme, Partners for Possibility (P4P), to assist Western Cape government principals at schools with indigent learners. The programme enrolled more than 100 South African business leaders to work with school principals in a mutually-beneficial leadership development programme. Capespan joined in by enrolling six partnerships between 2012 and 2016.
Two brand-new crèche facilities at Noudonsies and Arendsnes farms opened their doors to little feet thanks to our alliance with the Waitrose Foundation. To expand the Blue Hand health initiative, we built clinics on Arendsnes, Vrede and Noudonsies farms in 2012 and partnering with the Waitrose Foundation, we subsequently appointed a professional nurse to visit each of the clinics fortnightly.