Ndiyabona is the Xhosa word for “I see; I understand“. Together with the Bay Primary School in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, we have brought this project to life.
In the first year of school year an eye test is conducted. But this is a very rudimentary test. The test is not followed up if the child, for example, squints or has a spacial vision issue. If these weaknesses are overlooked and not treated they can have significant developmental consequences for the child.
At Bay Primary School, 30 children have reading difficulties. Their reading age does not match with their school-going/grade age. Meaning - an eleven year-old boy’s reading level is at the level of a six year old. For children with reading difficulties it is a struggle to understand and process words and texts. This is crucial especially in subjects such as mathematics.
For many parents an eye test at the eye doctor (optometrist) and possible follow-up costs are not affordable.
Project Ndiyabona does the following:
We cover the cost for the eye test with the optometrist to check if the reading difficulties are connected with a possible visual impairment. Costs of eye test per student CHF 30.00
We cover the cost of the follow-up visit, i.e. for spectacles, if needed. We cover the cost of the reading programme VRG (virtual reading gym), which has already been implemented at the school, but currently has too few voluntary supervisors. Cost of the reading programme per year and student CHF 100.00
Sosebenza is a school in Khayelitsha, a township in Cape Town. The existing infrastructure and the excellently lead school convinced us to help. At the moment approximately 1000 children attend the school. The children receive a warm meal every day, which is prepared in a small kitchen.
The kitchen is not equipped for the amount of cooking required. Thus we have constructed a bigger kitchen in one of the empty buildings in the school.
Stormont Madubela Primary School
The Stormont Madubela Primary School (SMPS) is located in the township Nyanga, one of the poorest and most dangerous townships in Cape Town. When we visited the school the first time, it was in a miserable state. The school was located in a few containers[N1] which had been placed on a fenced property. Windows had been cut out and they were furnished with the absolute bare minimum. Having started with 50 children, today the school has more than 400 learners. This is why the school is bursting at the seams. It is lacking the most essential necessities such as security, a facility for the preparation of meals, basic maintenance requirements, furniture, school books etc.
Thanks to plenty of generous donations from Switzerland, as well as helping hands on site, we have been able to renovate the school. Shipping containers have been set up and existing buildings have been renovated, the sanitary facilities have been made functional and a new kitchen was built. Today SMPS is in very good condition, which has meant so much for the teachers and the students.