UK Charity Number: 1123529 / South Africa Charity Number: IT373/2010 / Zambia NGO Registration Number: ORS/102/53/267 Seasons Greetings from the Happy Africa Foundation! Welcome to the charity’s third newsletter and all the latest news on how with your help we have been continuing to support communities in eastern and southern Africa. Despite the worldwide economic downturn, 2010 has proven to be an even more successful year than previous years; the charity has paid out over £48,000 and is currently supporting more than 30 community projects and initiatives. The Happy Africa about the programme please We aim to educate, motivate and contact encourage and with the support Foundation in 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org of donors affect the lives of the News update vulnerable and disadvantaged. You can find THAF on Twitter This year has seen a special and Facebook, to keep you None of the work that we do focus on specific projects to updated with all the charity’s would be possible without our support local communities. news and project updates. generous donors; a huge thank Kenya, Mozambique, South you on behalf of all the Africa and Zambia have THAF is now registered as a Not communities that we support. developed programmes to benefit for Profit Organisation (NPO) in communities and individuals. South Africa, which is fantastic Best wishes for the festive news in our mission to become season! Identifying future programmes is registered in all of the countries a key aspect of our assessment, that the charity operates in. Lucy Pollock which is done in conjunction Chief Operating Officer with local stakeholders. This We are excited to start THAF’s helps to ensure that we can internship programme in May reach those most in need and next year; interns will spend 12 can really make a difference to months living at one of the their lives. African Impact project bases in South Africa. Their primary role THAF projects will be as a representative of Our objectives are always to THAF and they will be empower local people and work responsible for managing the with them to find sustainable charity’s projects at that solutions to the challenges that location. For more information they face. Antelope Park, Medical and Community Support Teaching Project Although Gweru has good private sector Mkoba 4 Primary School is our first health care facilities, unfortunately very teaching project in the area and is much Zimbabwe few people have access to them as most simply cannot afford them. We have in need of resources and materials. The school has no access to running water. identified Mkoba Polyclinic and Mtapa Currently over 2,000 children are Antelope Park in Gweru is the home to Polyclinic as centres that are most enrolled at the school, but it was our sister project; African Lion desperately in need of assistance. originally built for just 500 students! Environmental Research Trust (ALERT). With over 50 children per class, ensuring With the rapid decline in free-ranging lion Before we got involved the two clinics had all students have equipment has always populations ALERT supports assisted lion very few facilities and what they did have been a problem. Thanks to volunteers at reintroduction into specific areas. were basic and rundown; they did not the park we have been able to donate even have basic lifesaving equipment books, stationary and sports equipment such as stethoscopes and blood pressure to the school. This was well received by machines. the school and the parents at a special handover ceremony of the donations. Since then we have managed to source this vital equipment as well as providing medical supplies and stationery for the clinics. In addition to general repairs and Antelope Park has been assisting in the maintenance, volunteers have also helped local community in Gweru for seven to freshen up the clinics by painting the years. They have been helping to provide walls. clothes and toys for young infants and orphaned children in the local community. If you wish to make a donation to the project at Antelope Park, please visit the website and click DONATE Cape Town, either of these projects will help us to We support two local clinics, Ocean View support them by: paying for school fees and Masiphumelele. We are thankful to for the children whose parents are not donors and volunteers for enabling us to South Africa financially able to, maintaining and improving the school’s facilities and assist with their valuable work. Donations to these projects help us to vegetable garden, providing medical support the needs of the clinics; Cape Town has had a few changes this supplies and educational materials and supplying much needed equipment and year; we said goodbye and a big thank supplying fruit and vegetables for the improving the general running of the you to Amanda, Lindsey and Theo for all children’s lunch so they can learn on a clinics. their hard work, and we welcomed full stomach! Warren and Kay Bernhardt. Our partnership with T.E.A.R.S Animal We have been able to provide further Rescue Centre helps to feed and care for The team have been busy developing new support to the Ukanhyo Sports Project the animals as well as contributing programmes to ensure that we focus on by purchasing first aid kits for the sports toward the maintenance and general the communities that really need our department. We are still raising funds for upkeep of the shelter. support. Our efforts will be concentrated Project Fairplay with the help of Flamingo on establishing sustainable projects in and their generous supporters, to develop the southern peninsular of Cape Town. a sports ground for the school children of Ukanhyo School and the local community We continue to support and partner Red to use. Sport is hugely important for the Hill Pre-School and Children of Hope children; for both their health and School. general well-being, it is also an opportunity for children to play and interact with each other, as physical The shelter rescues and rehabilitates education is often not on the curriculum. abused and mistreated animals and provides free treatment and sterilisation for pets from local disadvantaged communities. If you wish to make a donation to the project The schools cater for infants between the in Cape Town, please ages of 0 -6 and provide a loving and visit the website and caring environment for underprivileged click DONATE children in the community. Donating to the roof stage, the metal structures are small area of land with a couple of beds Livingstone, now in place, and we are awaiting the metal sheeting from South Africa. The is now a fully-fledged producer of vegetables to the local community. Zambia next stage will be to complete the building, the flooring, plastering, install African Impact volunteers have been busy helping water and weed at the farm, door and window frames and paint the providing invaluable support; as the Livingstone has welcomed the arrival of walls! community work in shifts around their Project Coordinator’s, Mary Reid and own jobs. Laura Goble and Project Manager Rachael Wood to the team. After over a year, the charity’s application for VAT and import duty exemption in Zambia was finally approved. This is a real milestone for THAF; and will now enable materials to be purchased for the We are excited to move closer to our THAF’s next project, the Malota School projects VAT free and donations to be target to raise money for the Books for Expansion Project is to build a twin brought into the country without Africa Project. The total raised is now classroom and office block for the school. attracting duty. nearly $10,500! Books for Africa is a Approximately 150 children attend well-known name on American university Malota School; but with only two small This summer we held a talent show for all campuses where students often donate classrooms to accommodate all the the schools in Livingstone that we their used textbooks to be given to children the children are forced to come support, all 14 of them! It was a great African recipients. There is a severe book to school at staggered times, sometimes day and fun was had by all; each school shortage in Livingstone; we hope to help for only as little as two hours. The new group entertained us with poem recitals, change this with the delivery of a classroom block will reduce the need for traditional dance routines, short plays container of 40,000 books to Livingstone. hot seating so that students can spend and much more! We awarded trophies to more of their time at school rather than the best act and best overall performer. We have been busy working with a new on the streets. But of course there were no losers as we community farm in the compound known gave out a box of goodies for each school as Railways. Thanks to generous If you wish to make a for taking part in the day. donations THAF has been able to equip donation to the project the farm; enabling it not only to generate in Livingstone, please One of the three projects we are currently income but to run self-sufficiently. The visit the website and focusing on in Livingstone; Nakatindi rate of progress and development of the click DONATE Health and Education Centre is now at farm has been phenomenal; what was a Mozambique, We have also built an exterior store room at the school, so that equipment can be of the A Escolinha de Boa Esperanca Farming Project, to generate income for Vilanculos kept safely and tidily away. the pre-school. It has meant that more of the land is now being used whilst providing a sustainable crop to support Mozambique welcomed new arrival, the children’s families in the future. The Kerrie Hunt in June. Kerrie joined the volunteers have also completed the team in June as Project Coordinator. chicken tractor, which houses three hens Sadly Poppy has left the project to return and is moved around to new land home to the UK, we wish Poppy all the regularly, fertilising the soil; allowing best and a huge thank you for all of her local worker Eddie to focus on other hard work over the last year. areas. We have been able to put a new roof on The project to support Community the pre-school, A Escolinha de Boa Families in Vilankulos has been working Esperanca. This has made a huge well; we completed the house for difference; previously leaking water had Esperanca’s children, giving the family ruined the paint work inside the much more space, as they had previously classrooms and the children’s classes been sharing one hut. We have also were continually disrupted during the finished building a house for Carema,who rainy season. We have now painted the worked with us on our HIV positive interior walls, making the much school community project. She is very happy The Sponsor a Child Programme has brighter and fresher and now there are with her new house! gone from strength to strength. All of the no worries on rainy days! children most in need at the pre-school are now sponsored. We have regular meetings with the parents to establish their child’s needs throughout the year. If you wish to make a donation to the project in Mozambique, please visit the website and We have planted mango, papaya, avocado click DONATE and lemon trees at the pre-school as part stage of development creates not only Mary runs a small bakery which helps to Nairobi, Kenya tangible outcomes but also the best options for the community. support the teacher’s salaries at the school. THAF believes that investment in Mary’s bakery will accelerate the Kenya has had another busy year. The Mekeu Special Needs Project development of her small home enterprise team have worked hard to develop three Mekeu School is a boarding school for into a fully functioning bakery. This will focal projects, as part of the charity’s aim children with a learning disability. The help to make the school self-sufficient to concentrate its support. children's needs range from learning and thus sustainable over time. disorders to severe epilepsy and heart It has been a successful year for the conditions. The school has no running Thanks to the help of past volunteer Hope School Development Project. water and is seriously understaffed. The Roger Trask, we have had printed a The school caters for over 55 children school is overpopulated with few desks special calendar for the school. All funds aged between one and eight. The school and limited sleeping space (usually three from the sales of the calendar will go is small and lacks even basic facilities. to four children in a bed). directly to the school. Please contact email@example.com if you would THAF has been able to provide the school like to buy a 2011 calendar. with six tables and 12 benches for their dining room. The children are now very happy to have a place they can sit down, relax and enjoy their meals! The founder of the school, Mary has had no formal training and is the only staff member. We were able to get Mary on a certificate course and she is now studying Early Childhood Development; equipping and empowering her in her role If you wish to make a at the school. THAF plans to engage in a donation to the project three tier programme in partnership with in Kenya, please visit Body Of Christ School Hope School; training, relocation and the website and click Body of Christ is a fantastic initiative run development. By looking at a longer term by Pastor Mary. It is a school for DONATE program we hope to ensure that every underprivileged youths and orphans. St Lucia, The crafts are sold locally in St Lucia and also at the volunteer house, much to the delight of the volunteers! The groups Our Ten Families Project is proving to be really successful; our vision is to implement sustainable development South Africa meet regularly to discuss a variety of topics, including healthy living and both social and health issues. The feedback opportunities to families most in need, as chosen by the Induna of the community. We provide support and assistance to the from the group has been really positive, family for approximately six months. The project saw Sam, Natalie and Sean and we look forward to another Earlier this year we refurbished a shelter leave at the end of the year, thanks for all successful year working with them. for one family to run a tuck shop from your hard work! We look forward to and later erected shelves in their shop, welcoming Michelle Lindsay and Jo which is now in operation. Craven in the New Year to join Michelle and Andrew and the rest of the team in We also completed a fence around a St Lucia. family’s vegetable plot and have provided seedlings to families and helped them to We continue to support a team of maintain their own plots. volunteer carers to help them visit more homes and to provide palliative and social As part of our building and care to patients in rural areas. We are refurbishment programme in the local able to provide food parcels and medical communities we completed the supplies to those most in need. renovation of four classrooms at the High School in Khula as well completing the We work with Snenhlanhla and roof and refurbishment of a new Ndabenhle crèches in Khula, supporting classroom at Snenhlanhla Crèche. the day care centres that look after We recently completed the building at children aged 0 – 6 years. Volunteers Zinhle crèche. We have started to work work together with community volunteer with Zinhle Creche, in the Dukuduku teachers to provide care, education and community this year. games to prepare the children for primary school. If you wish to make a donation to the project It has been another successful six in St Lucia, please visit months for the Support Groups in Khula; the website and click through sales of crafts they have raised DONATE over R16,000 (approximately £1,500).