Ukwamukela and welcome to GEZUBUSO Projects!
Sustainable help for disadvantaged children and adults
New Blankets: We received Blankets from the Anglican Women’s Fellowship Diocese of Natal. These went a long way towards keeping the children warm during the long winter and now wet weather.
New Fans: We also received Fans for each room to help keep the children cool during the very hot and dry PMB heat now that its summer time
New Menu: A new menu was approved by the Department of social development and the Caregivers are shopping based on this menu
New Playground: We have a new playground. We are currently working with a handy man to make netball and football poles for the children to enjoy the playground.
The children had an opportunity to visit the KwaZulu-Natal Museum a popular tourist and educational amenity were they enjoyed a tour of the attractive, modern and user friendly displays on the history of mankind in south-eastern Africa and of the natural world.
The Children from the Sunshine home and their caregivers spent the day at the beach in Durban at uShaka Marine as part of their holiday activities in October. The children enjoyed spending time at the beach, swimming, Visiting the Aquarium and riding bikes on the beach promenade.
This was a welcome time to both staff and children as it gave them time to unwind away from the Home and have some fun!
The Interact Club provides homework support to children on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 4 pm. This has seen our children interacting with other school children and learning a lot!
We recently acquired a vacant lot adjacent to the home, which through donor support and our care, is transforming into a beautiful green space for the children. Grass to run on, play soccer, open air to breathe.
We’d like to continue working with the area to include elements that foster connection to nature.
All our children have been afflicted by trauma in various forms. Our support therefore must extend beyond the physical to the child's emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Thandeka Zaca is our fulltime Social Worker who provides ongoing therapy and counsel within the homes. She spends one-on-one time with each child every month. Group sessions focus on key issues that promote resilience, including games, song, art and sport to encourage engagement, free speech and a sense of safety.
Thandeka consults regularly with the foster moms to gain a ‘temperature gauge’ on the emotional and psychological wellbeing of each child.
In February, we proudly opened the doors of our new preschool Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre! The brainchild of our manager, Dr Chipo, the preschool provides safe, well-resourced, professional and affordable childcare to children of the inner city of Pietermaritzburg. Moreover, through a layered use of our resources, we can generate income to sustain cashflows at Gezubuso Projects.
Our two qualified ECD practitioners cater for children aged 6 months to 6 years.