Volunteers go to Du Noon with Salty Crax - by Victoria Campbell-Gillies

We began our Saturday at Salty Crax backpackers in Table View, the owner of which, Carla Ferreira has been awarded Elle Boss Entrepreneur 2016 top 3 finalist. 

We met up with Carla and her team including Shannon Moore of Save Foundation and headed for the township of Dunoon which is situated in Milnerton.

The township has a population of around 31 000 residents and is home to Wings of Hope school and educare assistance project. 

Save Foundation places volunteers in schools in disadvantaged communities. No experience is necessary and volunteers can have the joy of watching a child learn and helping them through the process. 

Our group was assigned to clean and reorganise classrooms. We spent three hours scrubbing the walls, washing the toys, and doing a general spring clean. 

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We were all excited to get cleaning :)

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Carla Ferreira, owner and founder of Salty Crax Backpackers and Save Foundation. 

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The school is constructed of colourful shipping containers which surrounds an outdoor play area.

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The containers create a safe area for children to play and learn in.

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Hopscotch :)

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Maria helping to clean and organise. 

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A little boy called Bradley's drawings. 

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The group with the local kids who came to say hello to us :)

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There were good vibes all 'round!

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This little boy was playing with a cardboard box.

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This is where he had lunch, Ngwenya, which is a deliciously soft deep fried bread. Tastes similar to a doughnut. Not the healthiest food, but for R3 bucks per bun, it was worth it!

For more information about Salty Crax and Save Foundation, click here.

 

 

 

 

Fun times at Salty Crax - by Victoria Campbell-Gillies

One of the awesome things about working or studying at IH is the volunteer work we get to do. 

We also get to hang out a lot at all the backpackers in Cape Town! Salty Crax is one such backpackers, 

and they do a lot of work with Save Foundation, so we always start at this lovely little place down the 

West Coast. It's always full of happy travelers and awesome people doing cool things.

Here's some pics of our last mission on Saturday :)

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First, we had a bleeder. Caval Stander caught her ankle on a razor and it wouldn't stop

bleeding. Of course our Marketing Director, SAYTC Chairman and former military engineer 

came to the rescue with a first aid kit and a gentle touch. :)

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Here's a less gruesome pic of Ahmet Konuk from Turkey. Cool guy :)

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The beautiful German, Maren, and lovely Gail Strauss, Save Foundation Manager. 

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A Salty Crack...

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The murder scene after clean up.

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A Salty Lady...

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An old friend leans in for a hug. Everyone loves Gavin...

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Awwwwwww! 

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One of the backpacker dogues.

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Look at that snoot! Wow.

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Sunny Caval :)

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Shews.

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A hut, made out of Jagermeister bottles. Rad! 

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Another dogue, low chassis, big rims, wing doors. 

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Come with us next time on 3 September. We will keep you updated on where we will be going. 

Come put your name down on the list with Maren or Victoria. 

Lukka! 

 

 

 

 

 

Making a difference at Sunshine Educare - by Victoria Campbell-Gillies

On Saturday 6 August, five volunteers from IH Language Institute visited the Sunshine Educare School in Wolwerivier.

The Xhosa name of “Umta Welanga” (When in a dark, cloudy sky, a ray of sunshine breaks through) best describes this little place of hope in an otherwise desolate environment of tiny rudimentary tin homes. Local labourers and their families here have had to survive on meagre resources and are familiar with the bare minimum.

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This amazing facility which is an oasis of light in a place of darkness originally started off in a desperately undersized shack with one tiny window, where 70 children aged one to eight years old were huddled in one shared room.

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Habitat for Humanity Volunteers replacing the mats after scrubbing the floors clean with Savlon solution. 

Soon, with the help of SAVE Foundation, the school acquired a Wendy House which allowed them to take the older kids out in a group to do educational activities while the babies and toddlers played.

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The school currently has 100 children and 3 classrooms: baby room 0-2 years and then middle class 3 – 4 years and then big class 5 – 6 years old.

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A vegetable garden, planted on the school premises feeds the kids and community.

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Kids help the volunteers to move a large compost pile to the vegetable garden.

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IH Student Coordinator Maren Scholten plays with a little girl in the sun. 

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A little girl leans in for a hug :)

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The Settlement.

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We scrubbed everything clean from top to bottom. 

To learn more about this special school and follow it's development, click here. The school is still desperately in need of a proper floor. Currently, the floor consists of old carpets covering the bare dirt ground. To assist, click here.

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