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Building upgrade for Byekorf Preschool

Building upgrade for Byekorf Preschool

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We want to crowdfund for materials to repair and upgrade the existing community built preschool buildings, built in 1997. They will then meet the standards required to be a registered Preschool/ ECD. Registry with the Department of Social Development of SA means Die Byekorf will qualify for a state subsidy. This will greatly enhance their ongoing chances of surviving the COVID-19 setback, by stabilizing the project's sustainability.

The COVID 19 lockdown has plunged the community into a crisis. The loss of work, already precarious, has now turned non-existent for many. The ongoing community effort to provide food parcels has helped to allay the crisis. The crisis continues and the number of people experiencing hunger is escalating, along with a growing sense of desperation.     We want to combine the need for the community preschool to repair and upgrade its facility with a work exchange programme. This will engage the young men and women who have some skills, but nowhere to apply them. In this win-win proposition, people will be able to use their skills in exchange for food, and some money to cover the pressing needs of the moment.

This project is a crisis intervention that will assure some family’s survival while we negotiate the disaster of the pandemic. At the same time, the building upgrade will lead to the longer term sustainability of the Preschool.

Donations

  • Aug 11, 2020 - USD $ 23.17
  • "May your troubles be less and blessings be more and nothing but happiness come to you door! Such important work! Starseed Kindercottage." - Sheilagh Lane

  • Aug 07, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Light and Love.

    " - Mary Edwards

  • Aug 02, 2020 - USD $ 105.75
  • "With love" - Betty and Bruce

  • Aug 02, 2020 - USD $ 353.74
  • "Thank you" - Beate Bürkle-Antoni

  • Aug 01, 2020 - USD $ 37.26
  • "Neat project! Good luck from Bear River. " - Nancy Robinson

  • Jul 31, 2020 - USD $ 17.88
  • "Caring and sharing is you! Good luck Marcella with this project." - Kris Murdock

  • Jul 31, 2020 - USD $ 37.23
  • "As always you grace and kindness will create something wonderful. Love to you and your village community. Susan and George" - Susan Friend and George Sloane

  • Jul 31, 2020 - USD $ 29.79
  • " “Even though we live in different places, we live under the same sky.” " - Lisbie

  • Jul 30, 2020 - USD $ 15.17
  • "Good luck with your project!" - Flora in Bear River

  • Jul 30, 2020 - USD $ 303.33
  • "Thank you for the work you do!!!" - Jane Good

  • Jul 30, 2020 - USD $ 30.00
  • "Hope you reach your goal " - Anonymous

  • Jul 26, 2020 - USD $ 298.64
  • "Briar Grimley told us, you urgently need help. Thank you for Engagement and your Projekt. All the best for you and everyone, whom you can help." - Beate Bürkle-Antoni

  • Jul 25, 2020 - USD $ 74.52
  • "with love from a fellow waldorf kindergarten child in Grenwich London England to the happiness of the children in South Africa" - eleni

  • Jul 24, 2020 - USD $ 20.00
  • "I am praying for you and the village." - Vanessa Walter

  • Jul 22, 2020 - USD $ 12.12
  • "To building possibilities..." - Audrey W

  • Jul 22, 2020 - USD $ 119.62
  • "Thank you for being where the need is greatest and making a difference!" - Natasha Kraus

  • Jul 21, 2020 - USD $ 20.00
  • "May your vision build opportunity and create more peace." - Kellie

  • Jul 20, 2020 - USD $ 100.30
  • "Blessings for the kindness & compassion that underlies human consciousness. " - Michelle Grace Lambert

  • Jul 20, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "From a Kari Van Tine supporter. " - Corinna Raznikov

  • Jul 20, 2020 - USD $ 12.55
  • "I wish you well." - Rob Horton

  • Jul 20, 2020 - USD $ 12.00
  • "I read about your work in Kari's email. Best wishes, Nicola" - Nicola

  • Jul 20, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Thank you! Please take heart and carry on!" - David Grant

  • Jul 19, 2020 - USD $ 85.00
  • "thank you for your work and tahanks to KAri for letting us know. " - Bert Gunn

  • Jul 19, 2020 - USD $ 6.00
  • "Many best wishes and appreciation for all you are doing. " - Cathy OBrien

  • Jul 19, 2020 - USD $ 15.00
  • "it takes a village to raise a vision to raise a building to raise a child and that village can be global, as that child is a child of the world..." - Toni Assie

  • Jul 19, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Love, strength and blessings." - Rosanne

  • Jul 19, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Blessings on achieving your vision." - Debra

  • Jul 19, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
  • "You are making a difference. Thanks!" - Wes

  • Jul 19, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
  • "I support your big vision: a village where the children are safe and there is work, food and dignity for everyone!" - Kari Van Tine

  • Jul 16, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    A grassroots community project ...

    " - Carohn

  • Jul 15, 2020 - USD $ 37.36
  • "All the best" - A

  • Jul 15, 2020 - USD $ 36.31
  • "More and continued strength to you, thank you for being there" - Rose

  • Jul 15, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    All the best with this important intiaitve

    " - Jan Glazewski

  • Jul 14, 2020 - USD $ 29.86
  • "Good luck!!" - Sean

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 38.40
  • "Wishing you lots of success. Take good care and stay safe. " - Jacqueline Steudler

  • Jul 13, 2020 - USD $ 23.63
  • "Invest in the children" - Whipstock farm

  • Jul 12, 2020 - USD $ 73.53
  • "Blessings" - Lori

  • Jul 05, 2020 - USD $ 175.59
  • "More to come" - Sybbi Georgiou

  • Jul 04, 2020 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Thank you for the inspiring work!" - Brian

  • Jul 04, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "A worthy cause" - Jo Bentley

  • Jul 03, 2020 - USD $ 37.20
  • "I have fond memories of attending Byekorf Preschool. Great work helping make this happen mom." - Dzitka Edwards

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Strength to you

    " - Jane Bennett

  • Jun 28, 2020 - USD $ 115.72
  • "Good work! Worthy project for sure!" - Linda Mae Findlay

  • Jun 27, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Howay the Toon!" - murvat

  • Jun 27, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Amazing little school!" - Karen Ward

  • Jun 27, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Forward the children of McGREGOR ! " - Carol Smith

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Donations to date

R 50 258.34

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00
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Byekorf Creche Pre-School

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Die Byekorf, Community Preschool and Creche, in the village of McGregor, Western Cape SOUTH AFRICA 


 
Die Byekorf - meaning The Beehive, is a community organization started in 1990 by a group of local parents with the help of a newly arrived mother, who was a qualified teacher. She consulted with community members, and a teacher from the local Primary School to find out what the single most impactful thing was, that could help do something to alleviate the ongoing cycle of poverty in the village. The response was: a crèche and preschool.


The village of McGregor with its population of 3000 people, is in a rural agricultural area with little work available other than farm labour and some construction work. Poverty in the area is due to a lack of work opportunities - and that is related to a lack of skills. Education is a key to opening the door to more opportunities and starting young meant the next generation would have a better chance from the get-go. 


Alongside the school a small farmer’s association was started, involving community adults, many of the parents at the school, who had animals and agricultural skills, but no access to land. Die Byekorf acted as a centre for a community initiative to form.


The preschool started in some abandoned rooms behind a church. The initiative grew with the help of World Vision and Grassroots, two community development NGOs that provided foundational skill training in community-building skills and in preschool teaching and child development.  


The school now has its own premises after successfully negotiating for some land from the local municipality. The parents built 3 classrooms, kitchen and washrooms, and a playground, with part of the land being leased to a Community Gardens project. This grows trees for greening the new low-cost housing projects in the village, and vegetables, aiming to promote food security in the village. The food plants are used in the children's daily meals, as well as for distribution amongst the wider community. A Soup Kitchen for the community is run from the premises.. 


Die Byekorf provides a full early education program, including meals and stimulating activities for up to 55 children each year. The school has been running for 30 years on community initiative alone, helped here and there by small projects. Despite having no government support funding, the community and the teachers, one of whom has been consistently dedicated to the school since its inception), have together managed to keep its doors open for 3 decades, providing ongoing care and safety for the children of the village.


The buildings are in need of upgrading, so as to meet the requirements of the Department of Social Development (DSD) for registration as an Early Childhood Centre. With this will come to some subsidy, and support that will ensure it's an ongoing success.


We are looking to crowdfund for the materials (replacement windows with security glass, engineering certificate, higher and more secure perimeter wall, repainting the buildings, reinstallation of safer gas for cooking, and to cover the work needed to repair and upgrade these buildings. 


Thank you for your interest in this initiative, and your help in supporting its growth.


Christeline Davids (Teacher) and Die Byekorf Team