This is a working relationship with the communtity
of Village Heights,
The City of Cape Town has
adopted Village Heights for a legacy community project,
Heights Community Centre, Christmas Party 2014 for the Gift of Hope creche.
18/12/2014 - The crochet
classes were earlier today.
Bernie with the bag she has made.
She just needs to make
Two caps made in the last week by Bernie and Gwen.
These are the older children of
the group of 60 who wanted to go to the beach today.
The Projects Abroad volunteers who take the children to the beach.
The first batch of children
returned from the beach. The 2nd batch are being told only 15 of
These children had found a large
Cape Dwarf Chameleon in the tree at their house and picked
The chameleon was not stressed at
all. It seemed to enjoy being taken for a walk around the neighbourhood.
... and we put it back in the tree where it lives.
11/12/2014 - How to make a rocket stove was demonstrated, along with the cooking of an egg-in-a-hole.
Only a few sticks are required to
generate enough heat to cook a meal on this stove.
The crochet classes continued today with new comer Aunty Gwen.
Lil van Ryneveld explaining the differences in an American and English crochet pattern.
See more..... updated 16/12/2014.
05/12/2014 - Is the Christmas Party and closing of Gift of Hope for another year.
Hanging up the decorations and many excited children coming to see what is being done.
See what happened at the party..... updated 12/12/2014.
04/12/2014 - Is Graduation Day for the six Gift of Hope pupils. They take the next step up in their lives next year when they go to Junior School. So an important day for them and their parents to remember.
Five of the Gift of Hope children with their certificates and accompanied by their Mother or Grandmother.
See more.... updated 07/12/2014.
30/11/2014 - The weather was
perfect and so the Table Mountain Cable Way trip was on. (See
the prize winner section)
On top of the world in Cape Town.
See more..... updated 25/12/2014.
27/11/2014 - The Year End
photo was taken today, as next week is busy with Graduation for some
These are the children who have
attended the Gift of Hope ECD programme through 2014.
The tyre garden is doing well.
The vegetable garden is
florishing, Artichokes, Cabbage, Cale, Spinach, Green Peppers,
The soakaway sump is coming along and nearly ready to put the cover on.
...and so the vandalism and destruction of the False Bay Ecology Park fenceline continues.
One of the Projects Abroad
volunteers playing with the children,
14/11/2014 - Mayco
Councillor van der Merwe and a group of Emvironmental Resource Management
officials together with other invited guests came to lunch today, after doing a
walkabout to see what
The lunch was enjoyed and seconds were had which pleased Bernie, Tanya and Carmen.
See more.... updated 28/11/2014.
13/11/2014 - This week has
been busy, planning, shopping and preparing for the City of Cape Town officials
visit on Friday 14th. They are doing an tour inspection of the Village Heights
area and having lunch too.
Tanya is preparing the chicken
and the other vegetables have been prepared to start the cooking.
Koekie cleaning and deboning the chicken.
Mean while in the background the
volunteers from Projects Abroad are busy building a soak away
It is located at the bottom
corner of the vegetable garden. Edward has to
Terribly frustrating is the
vandalism and deliberate destruction of the Rondevlei fence by the children
Later in the afternoon, a tent
had been borrowed for tomorrows event in case it rains. We had to find
"Many hands make light work and sometimes confuse the issue too."
Finally it is starting to look
like a tent.
30/10/2014 - On the 24/10/2014 a workshop took place at the Seawinds Community Hall, to work through the processes which need to be adressed so all those interested can be involved. This is an exciting project by the City of Cape Town and a number of other roll players.
Marijke Honig has set up a Facebook page for the Community Garden and it already has 120 likes.
Click on the photo for the link.
Some of the participants in the workshop on the 24/10/2014.
23/10/2014 - There is always something happening at VHCC.
Some of the flowers Edward has planted in the new fenced off garden at the entrance to VHCC.
New students to crochet, Robin and Terry in the centre, doing very well with encouragement from Lil.
06/10/2014 - The children who
won the prize (from Mandela
Day) to go sand boarding at Witsands,
Everyone ready to go, the ZEEP bus is here to fetch them.
"Here I go with a little push by my friends". The sea in the background.
It is a long way back up after sliding down to the bottom. Next one for a turn.
02/10/2014 - The crochet classes contintued today. There are some talented ladies in Village Heights!
Maureen working on her beautiful square, with guidence from Lil.
18/09/2014 - This is what one of the community gardens looks like after a transformation of the plot.
This is one of the Village
Heights street gardens planted on Arbour Day. The community decided
Lil van Ryneveld brought a number of plants and a car full of wooden crates today.
11/09/2014 - This has been
another very busy week at VHCC. Arbour Day has passed.
The crochet lessons continued today.
School uniforms donated.
A group photo of most of the nominated children who received school uniforms from Jan Vathjunker.
The vegetable garden after Arbour
Day. Beds prepared, seedlings and a variety of vegetables planted.
04/09/2014 - The week has been busy with activities for the Arbour Day tomorrow 05/09/2014.
This photo shows a view from VHCC
of the Muizenberg Landfill site and the line of red municipal
This sequence of photos is the wetland on 04/09/2014, the left hand side of VHCC...
...from the playground directly opposite VHCC....
...and to the right hand side of
the VHCC playground. It is full of water, and has more water than
This week there has been plenty of background work identifying the plots in the local community with the street committee members, deciding and planning who is intersted, committed and who take responsibility and nurture what will be planted on Arbour Day. The City's Environmental Resource Management intern Aurelie has been co-ordinating this years project, with the help of Bernie and plenty of other VH residents.
These are some of the last wooden
boxes for vegetable seedlings being made by Claudette,
Many hands make light work.
There was plenty of measuring,
sawing and hammering and a variety of sizes and shapes
01/09/2014 - Lil van Ryneveld held
a workshop for some VH ladies to learn crotchet and later on they will learn to
knit as well.
We set up umbrellas and tables
outside in the playground, out in the fresh air as it was
"We have done the first row, nearly."
"See, it goes under and through" says Lil.
15/08/2014 - The wall is
going up. The Projects Abroad building team are nearly complete
Deen Singh supervising and plastering the sandbag wall, which has been growing taller every week.
"Look my hands are still clean".
Mixing and loading the cement for the plasterers.
Monique with Tania in the background watching the children enjoying their lunch.
Monique was leaving to go home to Belgium and spoilt the children with a treat for lunch time today.
07/08/2014 - The new matresses arrived today for the Gift of Hope creche. This is something VHCC decided to spend on, as it will improve daily conditions for the children.
Carmen unpacking the matresses,
so that the children could go to sleep
He was so happy he could not wait to go to sleep, even before the blankets were down.
The flash from the camera did not even bother them, they were in dreamland floating on "cloud nine".
05/08/2014 - August is
celebrated as Woman's Month in South Africa.
Bernie with some of the children at the Gift of Hope creche at Village Heights Community Centre.
18/07/2014 - Mandela Day at Village Heights.
The Rainbow stretched from Rondevlei Nature Reserve into Village Heights from the Other Side of the Fence or is it the other way round?
Teddy Bears arrived at VHCC for
all the children in the Gift of Hope creche. "Look at our Teddies".
15/07/2014 - Some of the
children ready and waiting with all their things for the camp. This is the
highlight of the whole school holidays and something they all worked towards and
dreamt about for
a long time.
We have got all our things are
ready too go. When are they coming to fetch us? This is too much,
Day 1. updated 19/08/2014.
Day 2. updated 25/08/2014.
And on the third day they all
returned at about midday having had a memorable and wonderful
10/07/2014 - The Camp programme
has arrived, with the menu too. There are 40 children
Look what we are going to do! This is exciting we cant wait for the 15th July 2014.
This was the view on the
10/07/2014 overlooking the wetland. The mountains in the background
08/07/2014 - Wetland Cleanup Day,
part 2, by
the children wishing to go to the camp at the
Towing the wheelie bin full of junk to the container.
04/07/2014 - Sky Eleven Sports
Club joins the VHCC. Great news!
Our netball team are in the
yellow bibs. The girls in red are from Vrygrond. We are trying
See what we are doing for fund raising for the Sports Club.
03/07/2014 - Wetland Cleanup Day by
the children wishing to go to the camp at the
The children pulling out more
junk from our wetland. "Who are these people who throw
There are exciting plans for the July part of the holidays. If the children have done what they planned to do and it was well done, then they may go on a camp at the False Bay Ecology Park, Environmental Education Centre. This is a 2 1/2 day camp run by CTEET.
June continued with the "sagas", but things improved towards the school holidays.
26/06/2014 - The Projects
Abroad Team - helped out with extra hands during the holidays as more
children came to the Centre.
Projects Abroad student
volunteers having fun showing the children how to blow bubbles
24/06/2014 - The Mayor's Portfolio of Urban
Sustainablity 2014 publication was released and
Children from the Gift of Hope, the Village Heights Community Centre creche.
May was a difficult month. There were no photos taken unfortunately, and probably because those directly involved were too busy trying to keep the "ship afloat and sailing".
19/04/2014 - The Pride of Table Mountain hosted a group from Village Heights at Kirstenbosch Gardens. This was the first time many of the people had been to Kirstenbosch.
We have just arrived by bus at the Stone Cottage office.
17/04/2014 - Chantel has been
busy sorting through the old damaged books and these are
Bernie and Chantel pointing to
all the old books for disposal, which are about to be loaded up.
Note - while disposing of
these books (instead of going into the Muizenberg Landfill Site) in the paper
recycling igloos, a stranger going to the shops in Main Road Lakeside, asked if
he could have some of the books going into the igloos. Of course he could!
Another book went home in the opposite direction to Plumstead. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy for someone who would really appreciate this book.
17/04/2014 - The library roof
was leaking badly and the roof sheeting had to be replaced.
Edward busy enclosing the new room.
17/04/2014 - The creche children received a present from some Marina residents today. Tanya and Chantel made the envelopes which contained easter eggs for the children to take home before the long weekend.
Bernie handing out the Easter eggs to the children before they went home for the weekend.
16/04/2014 - the young ones
went to Zandvlei Nature Reserve for an Environmental Education
The children colouring in pictures being helped by Rose Mankayi, a Zandvlei Nature Reserve Environmental Education staff member.
15/04/2014 - Jean Williams from Biblionef SA, Pinelands came to visit today and brought boxes with about 160 Afrikaans language books for the library. The request above for Afrikaans books has been answered.
Jean Williams has arrived with boxes of new books for the library.
Chantel and Bernie with some of the books they have unpacked.
Some examples of the books received. Wow!
Jean with Bernie unpacking the new books.
12/04/2014 - Our transport was sponsored today so we went on the Family Fun Walk at the False Bay Ecology Park. We went to last years event as well.
This is us, we have arrived at Zeekoevlei.
09/04/2014 - We
made lunch for a visiting group of local and international delegates from
France, India and Argentina to a 3 day BiodiverCity Conference in Cape Town.
The lunch time group photo at Village Heights Community Centre.
02/04/2014 - Thank
you to Mrs Saville and the the Lions Club, Bergvliet, Cape
The clothes sorted and laid out for a photo, before being given to the chilfdren.
26/03/2014 - Chantel with the bag of old books. We recycle the damaged books by taking them to the paper recycling igloo. So that the paper can be reused to make packaging or other paper goods. Our old books do not land up in the Muizenberg Landfill Site.
Chantel with a few bags of old and damaged books which she has decided need to go for paper recycling.
12/03/2014 - A very happy senior citizen from Village Heights.
The new donated books give him an opportunty to read more books. He had read all the Afrikaans language books available in the library.
06/03/2014 - We are going to the beach today. We have to stand here and wait our turn to be changed for the beach before we can go.
We are waiting to go to the
03/03/2014 - The new library
books were out today. Chantel has captured the details in the register.
These are the books we have
selected to read. We have commited to read them and fill in
27/02/2014 - The library is
slowly changing into to a work space for reading and doing home work project
research. Also we received more books from two sources.
The theme for this year went up on the wall in the library this last week.
03/02/2014 - The creche
children start to use the books and colouring pens donated by
What is Bernie doing on the floor in the library?
13/01/2014 - The class of 2014. First year school children now have to have a starter kit for the first day of school. Donations were received from the Marina da Gama community which enabled the required items to be bought for the 10 children off to big school this year.
"Check out our new school bags".
09/01/2014 - The Waste Warriors were busy at Village Heights.
What are all these Waste Warriors doing next to this green container?
02/01/2014 - Judith moved in to the Thomas home for a week.
Judith an interin with the City of
Cape Town stayed with Edward, Bernie and their
Heights Community Centre, Christmas party 2013 for the Gift of Hope, young ones.