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Our Community Working Together

Riebeek ValleySteel Band Project
The Steelband Project (Western Cape) has been running steelbands in the Valley since 1998, providing the youth in the area with an opportunity to develop their musical and performance skills. There are currently 2 bands active - one in Riebeek Kasteel and the other in Hermon.

The Riebeek Kasteel Steelband is a very experienced 16-piece group that performs regularly at weddings, events and festivals in the Valley and further afield. They have done residencies at Ratanga Junction and at Moyo at Spier Wine Estate, as well as performed at Parliament and Kirstenbosch Gardens.

For enquiries and bookings call David Wickham
at 082 8989 663 • david@steelband.co.za or visit the Steelband Project website at www.steelband.org.za


Riebeek Valley Trauma Centre

The Riebeek Valley Trauma Centre is an independent community project, launched in 2006 to provide free psycho-social and mentorship support for vulnerable youngsters from the three rural towns of the Riebeek Valley. Our school mentorship support programme aims to improve the welfare and safety of our Valley’s children and thereby contribute to a healthy, happy, integrated and resilient community.

The organisation is responsibly and enthusiastically run by a Committee of local volunteers who are passionate about the Riebeek Valley and all of its residents. Our overarching function is to formulate appropriate and sustainable responses that reduce the inherent situational risks that our many of our youngsters experience. Our fundraising efforts ensure that our mentors receive accredited training and ongoing capacity building. In addition, we ensure that our support spaces at the schools and at our Trauma Centre are comfortable, well-equipped, safe and confidential.

In addition, we run a structured skills-building activity programme during school holidays, as well as an annual Christmas party for at risk youth from our schools’ programme. We also provide free informative talks and workshops on critical social issues e.g. domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, bullying, depression, bereavement.

Our project is funded by our own fund-raising efforts, as well as ad hoc donations from local businesses, residents and friends who support our project’s social transformation objectives.

For further information please contact:
Linda Scott (Project Coordinator) • 063 344 1332 • scottlinda1985@gmail.com

Goedgedacht Rural Centre
GoedgedachtOur Path out of Poverty (POP) Programme has been implemented succesfully on 32 farms in the Riebeeksrivier Valley since 1998. POP is a holistic and integrated and a very long-term approach and aims to create spaces to build the human capacity of rural people so that they have the skills, capacity and means to break the cycles of poverty which have trapped them for so many generations. POP has been implemented since 1998 and focusses on Education, Health, Personal Development and Care for our Planet. It consists of antenatal classes for pregnant women, parenting training for parents, baby unit, creche facilities, pre-school, grade R, after school support programmes, youth life skills programmes, youth leadership programmes, school holiday programmes, sport development programmes, community development programmes, community savings groups, feeding programmes, elderly support programmes and monthly educational photo story book.

Our dream is to have a POP Youth Centre in every rural community in South Africa in the next few years. We have started to replicate the programme in Riebeek Kasteel and our Southern Cross POP Youth Centre in Asla in Riebeek Kasteel has started with antenatal classes for pregnant women which is generously facilitated by Bruna on Friday mornings at 11:00, an elderly support programme on on Thursday mornings in conjunction with the local clinic, a recent school holiday programme that was attended by nearly 200 children and another 300 children who were outside the doors of the centre but we only budgeted for 50 children! and an after school support programme every afternoon after school till 17:00. This centre is managed by Edlyne van der Westhuizen and we are inviting everyone to come and meet her and see the centre. I have attached a few pictures of the after school support programme which was attended last week by more than 100 children from Riebeek Kasteel. We are desperately in need of volunteers to come and assist these very keen children with reading, writing and maths skills.

DonationsWe will start building our 3rd POP Youth Centre in Riebeek West soon which will provide services which will include a community gym and a trauma facility to the community of Riebeek West. This centre was made possible by the VGK Church, PPC and the local municipality. We will keep you posted on the progress hereof.

To contribute to the work of Goedgedacht, please visit the website, download and print a form, fill it in and fax it back. By donating an olive tree in the Goedgedacht Olive Peace Grove you will be helping a rural child onto a path out of poverty.

Phone: 022 482 4466 / 1291 / 4466 • Fax: 086 655 5211 • email: jeannegoedgedacht@telkomsa.net
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