Born in Africa stimulates social and educational development in children, striving to create economically self-sustainable adults

Born in Africa stimulates social and educational
development in children, striving to create economically
self-sustainable adults

General News

  • 26 January 2017- opening Kranshoek education centre

    Thursday 26th January 2017, another milestone for all the BIA children living in Kranshoek and for Born in Africa! Last week we officially opened our education centre in Kranshoek and we...

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    Thursday 26th January 2017, another milestone for all the BIA children living in Kranshoek and for Born in Africa! Last week we officially opened our education centre in Kranshoek and we are so proud of the result. After more than 1 year of planning, the Born in Africa Kranshoek Education centre was realised, thanks to dynamic coordinator Isabelle De Smul Brink and her super motivated team. During the two weeks before the opening we got a lot of help from the Meetjesland team from Belgium. These amazing 10 people painted all the classrooms, kitchen and toilets in the centre which really made the rooms come to life!

    It was incredible to see how much support we got during the whole process of building and finishing this project. We are so happy and proud to have our own centre where all 160 primary and secondary BIA learners hailing from Kranshoek can come to. Our two dedicated mentors Sarija Bewee and Marita Manual offer social development support daily while our volunteers run homework classes, life skills lessons, sewing classes, vegetable garden sessions, to name a few. Natalie Cupido offers computer/ math lessons while Delina Kleinsmidt supports the centre by taking care of all logistical aspects in terms of taking care of the centre.

    The planning of the centre, the fundraising efforts in making this a reality was phenomenal with so many helping hands hard at work. Born in Africa would like to make use of this opportunity to thank the many sponsors from overseas, friends and helping hands who worked effortlessly in ensuring the children of Kranshoek have an Education centre to call their own.

     

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  • January 2017- handing out of the uniforms

    With a new school year comes a new uniform for all of our Born in Africa children! The first week of the new school year we went to the different schools to provide each child with their...

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    With a new school year comes a new uniform for all of our Born in Africa children! The first week of the new school year we went to the different schools to provide each child with their new school clothes. At the same time, we also tested the eyes of every child. Thanks to Specsavers Plett and our motivated team from Belgium, the Meetjesland team, we are now able to refer the children with bad eyes to the optometrist. We want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers and staff who helped this week. Our children are ready for another school year!

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  • 8 October 2016- Auction night in The Netherlands

    Just like we are always busy on this side of the world, so is Chantal and her team in The Netherlands! Their latest event took place on the 8th of October in Druten, The Netherlands....

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    Just like we are always busy on this side of the world, so is Chantal and her team in The Netherlands! Their latest event took place on the 8th of October in Druten, The Netherlands. Toon, Alette and Chantal organized an evening full of excitement with nice food and drinks to sponsor our education centre in Kranshoek. Our classrooms are being finalized as we speak, but there are still a lot of materials and educational tools needed inside.

    The auction evening has surpassed all our wildest expectations. It turned out to be an unforgettable happening on which we can look back with a feeling of tremendous pride and thankfulness! Jochem van Gelder, a Dutch tv presenter, singer and writer, did a fabulous job at hosting this evening. Guests were spoiled with a ritmic show by ‘Africa Lembo’ and the children’s choir followed by a lovely buffet. The auction of elephants painted by famous artists, was the highlight of the night and made it possible that we now receive the amazing amount of 10.000 euros to invest in finishing our education centre in Kranshoek. Once again a wonderful example that together we can make a difference in the lives of our BIA- children! Baie dankie to the amazing team in The Netherlands: Toon van Gelder and Alette Huisman, Jan Jacobs and Chantal van Summeren (chairman). We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and dedication!

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  • 18 August 2016- Spelling bee competition

    Our very first edition of the Born in Africa Spelling competition was held on Thursday 18 August and what a success it was! One could definitely feel the tension in the air when entering...

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    Our very first edition of the Born in Africa Spelling competition was held on Thursday 18 August and what a success it was! One could definitely feel the tension in the air when entering the hall of The Crags Primary school. 46 children were selected by their mentors to compete for the pride of their school in the spelling bee. And how motivated they were to win! It was truly amazing to witness how the top 4 children of each grade got on stage and gave their best at spelling all of those difficult Afrikaans words. Our amazing master of ceremony Mrs Louw and judges Mrs Koeberg, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Loggenberg did a great job at scoring each competitor individually. Congratulations to all of our winners at the competition and all the other kids who were selected to participate! You have all done outstandingly well and we are very proud of you! We would also like to thank our mentors: Sarija, Marita, Catherine and Belinda for practicing so intensely with the children over the past weeks. Thank you to Crags Primary School for letting us use their venue, Woolworths for the donation of the nice snacks, Valerie, Isabelle and Veronique for all the paperwork and preparations and last but definitely not least we owe a big thank you to Jef Michielsen for donating bicycles and vouchers to use as prizes. Our volunteers Sofie and Eline were also a big help on the day. It all led up to another amazing day for Born in Africa. Well done to all of you!

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  • 27 July 2016- Entrepreneur Course

    Nick and Penny, an amazing couple from the United Kingdom and honoured Born in Africa members, organized their entrepreneurial course again for our Plett Secondary students from The...

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    Nick and Penny, an amazing couple from the United Kingdom and honoured Born in Africa members, organized their entrepreneurial course again for our Plett Secondary students from The Crags. It was the fourth time now that they were with Born in Africa to teach students how to start up their own business. Their 4-day course treats different aspects of a business, so students learn more about how to come up with a great idea, calculating prices and profit and how to market their business. These skills have definitely enriched these youngsters and the knowledge is a strength that they will carry along for the rest of their lives. We are so thankful to Nick and Penny for putting in so much of their time and energy! You mean a lot to our students and Born in Africa!

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  • 30 March 2016 - Nippers Life Saving Club

    Since its establishment, Born in Africa [BIA] has been involved in water awareness. To date more than 835 children of all ages and communities in and around Plettenberg Bay have...

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    Since its establishment, Born in Africa [BIA] has been involved in water awareness. To date more than 835 children of all ages and communities in and around Plettenberg Bay have benefited from our swimming programs. Each year BIA has hosted 2 swimming courses which take approximately 8 weeks to complete. During the swimming course a group of learners are taught the basic skills of water safety and swimming skills. It was 2 years ago during the swimming lessons where we identified a group of exceptional swimmers and embarked on furthering their basic swimming skills. We approached the Plett Surf Lifesaving club and the learners were welcomed into its “Nippers” program. The original BIA Nippers development team competed so well that they each secured a permanent place in the club and compete in the various Nippers competitions. We are very proud of this group and would like to congratulate Marcell Paterson, Ellen and Robert Kleinsmidt, Celine Olivier and Nicole Jacobs who all hail from Kranshoek on this achievement. This year during the Western Cape champs held in Bloubergstrand- Cape Town, they once again proved that hard work and dedication is key to success and our BIA team walked away with 4th and 5th places and even secured 2 gold medals!

    As we are writing this article the team are on their way to take part in Durban at the Nippers National championships. We are crossing our thumbs and toes and wish them much success!

    In just 2 years from now, they will qualify to commence their life saving courses, will be able to work on the beach and earn a nice income to support themselves and their families!

    2016 also saw yet again another annual swimming course taking place in Kranshoek and from the group of 35, 18 were selected to take part in the Nippers day held at Central beach, Plettenberg Bay. The day included running, sprinting and of course activities in the ocean, which they loved. 10 learners qualified to complete winter swimming training so that they too can join the Nippers clan which commences in October 2016.

    What a brilliant success story and so we conclude by continuing our water awareness program and should future funding allow it, ensure that many children from Plettenberg Bay and surrounding communities, have the opportunity to become water safe! Should you wish to assist in this brilliant program, kindly contact Isabelle Brink at info@borninafrica.org. Together, we can make a difference!

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  • 4 December 2015 - BIA end-of-year celebration!

    BIA celebrated 2015 - a year filled with challenges met by successes where we worked together to make a difference. We thanked and recognized the contributions of each member of the...

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    BIA celebrated 2015 - a year filled with challenges met by successes where we worked together to make a difference. We thanked and recognized the contributions of each member of the team, handing out certificates to acknowledge these. The party theme was Africa and everyone looked the part. We played games for African loot, danced and enjoyed a delicious lunch together. It was a wonderful way to finish off a fantastic year. 

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  • 3 November 2015 - BIA Parent Meetings

    At BIA parent meetings in October and November 2015, BIA staff, mentors and volunteers had the opportunity to share with parents this year’s many successes, discuss critical social...

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    At BIA parent meetings in October and November 2015, BIA staff, mentors and volunteers had the opportunity to share with parents this year’s many successes, discuss critical social issues and reiterate the importance of a support system at home, as well as give parents a taste of what is done at afterschool activities with some exciting presentations by BIA learners. The evening was accompanied by a slideshow presentation with pictures and details to give further insight into BIA projects. We are grateful to all the parents who attended, their input and commitment to working together to make a difference.

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  • 19 October 2015 - Born in Africa Camps

    Born in Africa camps this year took place at Harkerville Forest Lodge, a beautiful location with some great facilities perfect for a camp. The camp theme was friendship, with learners...

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    Born in Africa camps this year took place at Harkerville Forest Lodge, a beautiful location with some great facilities perfect for a camp. The camp theme was friendship, with learners working in teams and learning about the pillars of friendship and how to be a good friend in practice. They played life skills games, did a quizz, went on an unforgettable hike and did dance and drama workshops followed by a talent show. The chlidren also had lots of fun relaxing, swimming, spending time outside, having a movie night with a bonfire and having lots of good food to eat all while getting to know each other and building friendships. Definitely time well spent!

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  • 16 October 2015 - Crags Mural

    BIA godparents, Toon and Alette Van Gelder, are driven by a passion to make a difference. As inspired artists, they decided to bring some colour to the Crags by designing a mural. They...

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    BIA godparents, Toon and Alette Van Gelder, are driven by a passion to make a difference. As inspired artists, they decided to bring some colour to the Crags by designing a mural. They did this by combining drawings made especially for this purpose by BIA children. It was then painted on a classroom wall that is visible from the gate of Crags Primary School. They planned the project with great passion, evident in the vibrant colours of the final product. BIA’s sincere thanks also goes out to the Montessori-School The Triangel who helped to make this project come to life through their contribution of paint and all the equipment.

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  • 1 September 2015 - Puppet Workshop

    During the third school term, BIA children took part in a puppet workshop with their mentors. They made their own unique puppets and then a puppet stage. Mentors used these to create...

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    During the third school term, BIA children took part in a puppet workshop with their mentors. They made their own unique puppets and then a puppet stage. Mentors used these to create puppet shows on social themes and cover issues of socal injustive with the childrenn a creative way that is less intrusive and gives them greater freedom of expression. What a wonderful mentorship theme, inspiring creative learning!

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  • 24 August – Entrepreneurship at BIA

    A group of Born in Africa learners had the privilege of taking part in the Enterprise Program which was created and hosted by BIA godparents Nick and Penny Brooks. The workshop included...

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    A group of Born in Africa learners had the privilege of taking part in the Enterprise Program which was created and hosted by BIA godparents Nick and Penny Brooks. The workshop included 25 people - Plett Sec learners who live in Kranshoek (grade 11 and 12) as well as BIA parents resident in Kranshoek.

    During the workshops, Nick and Penny infused learners with their passion for business and entrepreneurship using their skills acquired as teaching and life skills professionals. The workshops included everything from target market analysis, creating a business plan, budget planning and cash flow to supplier and stock management, customer service and the pros and cons of self-employment.

    Thank you Nick and Penny for inspiring an entrepreneurial spirit in our learners and equipping them with the skills they need to make their dreams a reality!

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  • 21 August 2015 - BIA Bicycle Project

    At Born in Africa we believe that recognizing the hard work and achievements of learners plays a crucial role in stimulating educational development. The project this year saw 200...

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    At Born in Africa we believe that recognizing the hard work and achievements of learners plays a crucial role in stimulating educational development. The project this year saw 200 donated second hand bicycles being given out to BIA learners whom attained grades above a specific average in their last school report.

    The distribution of 200 bicycles is no small feat! Each one had to be checked, repairs made where necessary and then transported and given to individual recipients. Learners who received bicycles hail from Plett Secondary School, Kranshoek Primary, Crags Primary, Wittedrift Primary and Wittedrift High School. We hope that these bicycles will be a reminder that we can overcome the challenges we face and achieve excellence in doing so.

    This project was made possible through the collaboration of many people driven to make a difference and BIA would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts. First and foremost, thank you to the Rotary Club Stuttgart-International under the guidance of Klaus Schuler, to BEN bikes and Yvonne Tripod and Fahrrad (www.fahrrad.de) for the collection of the bicycles, to the International School of Stuttgart and it’s headmaster Tim Kelley as well as groups of children in the school for providing a collection site and helping to load the bicycles, the Harlem Praise Family choir for adding some cheer to the collection event and giving a monetary donation. Thanks also to Wildermuth-Gymnasium High School (Mr. Janisch, Alexander hauser and Astrid Feifel-Thomas), to the team at Tripl3Leader.com for their efforts and for Jef Michielsen who raised the funds we needed to buy a helmet for each child. On a local level, BIA would like to thank everyone who helped to make the distribution of these bicycles possible. In particular, thank you to Deon from Plett Sports for discounts of helmets and employee Ricardo for repairing and checking each one of the 200 bicycles with great flair and professionalism. Thank you to BIA staff and all the volunteers who helped us to make this project a reality. 

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  • 30 July – Born in Africa Times Table Competition

    At BIA, we believe that education is the fundamental right of every child. Mathematical literacy is one of the most neglected facets of educational development in our children. In light...

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    At BIA, we believe that education is the fundamental right of every child. Mathematical literacy is one of the most neglected facets of educational development in our children. In light of this, BIA decided to inspire learners by organising a fabulous times table competition. All BIA learners in grade 2 – 9 practiced their "times tables" with their mentors as well as in homework classes. The top learners in each age group were selected and competition day finally arrived after months of preparation and in-house competition. Learners were eager to take part, filled with nervous excitement. In the first round they all took a written test and the top three in each age group were selected to go through to the next round where they verbally answered as many questions as possible in 1 minute. Needless to say, the atmosphere was electric!

    Prizes and certificates were handed out to those who won first, second and third place, to the learners who showed the greatest improvement and to all other participants to congratulate them on being selected to take part. We also held a fun raffle at the end where learners whom had not received prizes had the chance to win and breaks in between with some refreshments and a light lunch.

    Thank you to everyone who made this special event possible. Our participating judges, Janet Harding, Adje Bos, Evangeline Koebert and Dalena Kleinsmidt did a great job at keeping score. We were also joined by Zikisa Bam from Woolworths Plettenberg Bay, who lightened up the atmosphere and inspired the children to keep working hard. To Mrs. Grootboom and Wittedrift High School for accommodating us in the hostel’s study hall, thank you for the perfect venue. Thanks to Jef Michielsen and Plett Sports for sponsoring some great prizes, to Claire’s Cakes for the cupcakes and to Woolworths for the food. And last not but least, thank you to BIA staff for being the driving force behind it all.

     

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  • 1 July 2015 - Anton Van Wilrode Award

    BIA chairman Remi De Backer and his wife Lieve de Backer received an award at the annual Anton Van Wilrode poem competition. Cyriel Paul Coupé (28 June 1918 – 15 June 1998) was a...

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    BIA chairman Remi De Backer and his wife Lieve de Backer received an award at the annual Anton Van Wilrode poem competition. Cyriel Paul Coupé (28 June 1918 – 15 June 1998) was a Belgian writer and poet, also known by the pseudonym Anton van Wilderode. His poetry is characterized by the usage of a traditional poetic form and clear language combined with a romantic style.

    The competition is an annual event where students are invited to enter a poem - topic carte blanche. Born in Africa entered the competition last year and had 2 students win in the Afrikaans category.

    Congratulations Lieve and Remi and thank you for all you do for Born in Africa!

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  • 16 April 2015 - BIA Nippers make waves

    Five Born in Africa learners whom we have added to the Nippers program (Ellen kleinsmith, Robert Kleinsmith, Marcell Patterson, Celine Olivier and Nicole Jacobs) have come a long way...

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    Five Born in Africa learners whom we have added to the Nippers program (Ellen kleinsmith, Robert Kleinsmith, Marcell Patterson, Celine Olivier and Nicole Jacobs) have come a long way and we are very proud of their achievements. With the support of BIA and Plett Nippers, they went to Nationals in Strand (Cape Town) this month, competing against the best of the best in their age group. Ellen Kleinsmidt got an amazing 2 gold medals for flags and sprint, Robert Kleinsmidt came 8th in the flags and 7th in the sprint and Celine Olivier came 6th in the long distance. What a wonderful experience! They had a fantastic time and it is great to see the progress they are making, the boost this program has given them and the hard work they are willing to put in – going that extra mile, quite literally.

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  • 9 April 2015 - Snakes and Birds Holiday Outing

    During the April holiday, BIA learners who attend Plett Secondary School and Crags Primary and live in the Crags, went on holiday outings to reward them for their hard work so far this...

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    During the April holiday, BIA learners who attend Plett Secondary School and Crags Primary and live in the Crags, went on holiday outings to reward them for their hard work so far this year. They loved the visit to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, though some were admittedly more than a little apprehensive about getting up close and personal with so many of these often feared reptiles. Owners , Michael and Emily, are great hosts and have a contagious passion for these magnificent animals. Thank you for an unforgettable experience and giving us a new perspective on snakes! The learners also visited Birds of Eden, the largest bird enclosure in the world with an incredible variety of birds, followed by a picnic and some free time outside.

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  • 20 March 2015 - Learn to Swim

    The Learn to Swim program 2015 took place with BIA Crags Primary learners at Ingwe Forest Adventures this year. Learners were taught basic water safety skills as well as more advanced...

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    The Learn to Swim program 2015 took place with BIA Crags Primary learners at Ingwe Forest Adventures this year. Learners were taught basic water safety skills as well as more advanced swimming techniques, with each learner’s progress being assessed individually, through a 12 lessons series. And of course, it's important to have some fun in the water too - the BIA swimmers' enthusiasm and courage was absolutely contagious! Each one of our swimmers improved a lot, in confidence and ability. Not only did we have some unforgettable experiences with the program this year, it also marked the anniversary of the 800th student being part of the program and a visit by sponsors Lief and Ivo De Bisschop.

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  • 1 March 2015 - Football Club Perk 's Foot for Africa day

    This year Born in Africa and supporters have done a great deal to make soccer dreams come true.

    It started with the Football Club Perk (KFC Perk) holding a ‘FOOT FOR AFRICA’ day,...

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    This year Born in Africa and supporters have done a great deal to make soccer dreams come true.

    It started with the Football Club Perk (KFC Perk) holding a ‘FOOT FOR AFRICA’ day, where soccer kit was collected and donated to BIA. BIA boys became the proud new owners of proper soccer uniforms, equipping them to play to the best of their abilities. This project was made possible through the organisational skills of Nathalie De Wandeler and the volunteers Chris & Inge, DHL and Peter Caes as well as Johan Bronkhorst. It was such a pleasure to hand out these soccer kits and to see how the learners could not wait for school to finish so that they could try them on.

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  • 1 March 2015 - Eden Hospitality Course

    The Eden Hospitality Course was launched this year in March, in conjunction with BIA and run by Nadia Beutler, with 11 Born in Africa students. The 8 month course will give them...

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    The Eden Hospitality Course was launched this year in March, in conjunction with BIA and run by Nadia Beutler, with 11 Born in Africa students. The 8 month course will give them theoretical as well as practical training in the local hospitality industry. They will be covering everything they need to build a foundation for a career in the industry, from customer service, tourism care, housekeeping, the area’s history to restaurant equipment management, the art of being a waiter and even viticulture. We are excited seeing what they have already learnt and the enthusiasm and team spirit that is being nurtured.

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  • 14 November 2014 - New BIA classroom in Green Valley

    “Opportunity” was the word of the day when Born in Africa unveiled another classroom and this time at the foot of the picturesque hills of Green Valley. Isabelle Brink saw the...

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    “Opportunity” was the word of the day when Born in Africa unveiled another classroom and this time at the foot of the picturesque hills of Green Valley. Isabelle Brink saw the opportunity to add infrastructure for two projects and this space would benefit future generations of kids in Born in Africa. The space is multifunctional and divided into two smaller work areas. One will be used to house the BIA/Rotary bicycle repair shop and the other our weekly mentor sessions. BIA mentor in Green Valley, Sarija Bewee, is very excited to start teaching a multitude of life skills to her learners. She meets with them twice a week after school and the homework club will also run from the classroom. BIA choir established by Karien Malan will use the classroom as their practice chamber which means beautiful music will fill the valley! BIA would like to pay homage to the sponsors -Chantal Van Summeren, De Montessori School de Triangle, Veronique Claes, Dave Swart from Amakaya backpackers, Rotary Plettenberg Bay and Kevin from Penny Pinchers for giving us such good service and always being there when we needed you. A huge thanks also goes out to our outstanding builders Paul Attwood (0765794380) and Shaun Ray with BIA’s Belinda Coram who played building contractor and then of course to Headman and Emily Sam who so kindly allowed us to place the classroom in their garden. Headman is also our “go to guy” for bicycle repairs and he heads up the bicycle club in Green Valley. Yes, this was all possible because once again Isabelle saw an opportunity for educational development and to uplift the learners in Green Valley. Together we can make a difference!

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  • 13 July 2014 - Belinda Corum receives Community Service Award

    Born in Africa’s mentor and academic coordinator, Belinda Coram, received a Community Service Award from Rotary, Plettenberg Bay. The unmistakable value and impact of Belinda’s work...

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    Born in Africa’s mentor and academic coordinator, Belinda Coram, received a Community Service Award from Rotary, Plettenberg Bay. The unmistakable value and impact of Belinda’s work was acknowledged, recognizing her passionate commitment to upliftment and social development in the community.

    Belinda Coram joined BIA 8 years ago as a young woman in whom we saw great potential and a particularly creative flair. Her first position was as educational coordinator, where she organised outings, camps and other educational activities. After having experienced this, it was clear where her enthusiasm lay and we subsequently appointed her as mentor and academic coordinator. This means that she heads up the social development program, the heart of the organisation, and also works as a mentor herself with a group of learners. In addition she is responsible for the study bursary program where we currently have 20 students studying at tertiary level. She handles their applications to tertiary institutions, their study bursaries and she monitors their results and progress.

    Congratulations on your award and thank you for everything you do at Born in Africa!

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  • 4 June 2014 – Rotary Interact "Induction Day"

    Wittedrift High School’s Rotary Interact club held their induction on Tuesday 4 June at the school’s clubhouse. “Interactors” are enthusiastic young people at school level who...

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    Wittedrift High School’s Rotary Interact club held their induction on Tuesday 4 June at the school’s clubhouse. “Interactors” are enthusiastic young people at school level who perform similar functions to Rotary clubs. The clubs source deserving projects to support by hosting fundraising projects in and around their school and community. Interact has the capacity to be sustainable over a long period of time, and adds value to the lives of young people in Southern Africa, and we look forward to see them grow and make a positive impact!


    We often hear that our citizens do not have the necessary skills to live successfully in society. Interact is a way of developing a wide range of skills that will be of lasting benefit to our future adults. Born in Africa’s Academic Coordinator, Belinda Coram, works with the BIA Wittedrift High school students and for this reason it was fitting that she was selected to run the club in conjunction with Rotary president, Ruby Chetty. We would like to congratulate the following office bearers on their positions: Beugené Green (Gr 11) President, Danelle Majavie (Gr 12) Vice president, Deidre Barnardo (Gr 11) Treasurer and Adija Hartley (Gr 12) as Secretary.

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  • Born in Africa Bicycle Project - Ready, set, cycle!

    The Born in Africa bicycle project was launched at the start of 2014 with 180 bicycles that were donated from Germany. These were to be distributed at our discretion, to children in...

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    The Born in Africa bicycle project was launched at the start of 2014 with 180 bicycles that were donated from Germany. These were to be distributed at our discretion, to children in need, with a bicycle repair shop being opened afterward to further in an effort toward promoting sustainable business initiatives in underdeveloped areas.

    After careful consideration, it was decided that children in Wittedrift would benefit most from receiving bicycles, where children walk 3 or more kilometres to school every day. The process started with BIA doing training with more than 130 children at Wittedrift Primary School. They participated in road safety workshops and bicycle maintenance demonstrations followed by practical training. 22 of the learners had never been on a bicycle before, and Born in Africa staff and volunteers proceeded to teach them how to cycle, peddle by peddle. The training took place during February and March, followed by theory and practical tests in the form of obstacle courses with road signs which the children had to pass before they could qualify to receive a bicycle. All the bicycles were checked and necessary repairs made thanks to the efforts of local entrepreneur, Stuart John Smith. Born in Africa has also been in touch with the Traffic Department and have put in a request for the creation of a cycling path in the area to ensure greater safety for cyclists.

    On 13 March, after much anticipation and preparation, the day finally arrived where some 130 children received their very own bicycle! A suitable bicycle had to be selected for each child, where after they went on to receive stickers marking their bicycles, a helmet of a specific size as well as a lock where they could program in their own combination. The afternoon was then followed by a group cycling event to the container, where a celebratory handover ceremony took placed.

    All in all, our commitment to this project was based on the positive impact we believed it would have on the lives of these young learners and we are satisfied that our expectations were met. Their hard work and attendance at training workshops paid off and, apart from having greater mobility and the enjoyment of cycling and getting some exercise, feedback from learners has proven that the project inspired them to take courage, work hard and given them hope for a brighter future. 

    There are so many people to thank for their hand in the completion of this project. First, to Wesley Andrew, Born in Africa Educational co-ordinator, and BIA volunteers and staff, for working so hard to ensure that the project was organised and carried out successfully on a local level. We are also grateful to Stephan Strauss who ensured the key sponsor, DB Schenker, which donated the transport from Wittedrift to Germany as well as the container. Born in Africa would also like to thank Klaus Schuler for his involvement in the birth of this project as well as Doctor Reinhard Schydlo for the contribution he made in South Africa. To Deon from Plett Sports for the discounts he gave us on materials needed and to Kees and Kitty Hellemans and Loer and Marnix Hellemans for raising money to purchase the helmets and locks. Finally, a big thank you to the initiators of the project, BEN bikes, in cooperation with Rotary Stuttgart International, RC Düsseldorf-Schlossturm and Rotary Plettenberg Bay, for their organisational assistance and sourcing of the bicycles. We couldn’t have done it without you! It feels good to know that what we stand for is true – together we can make a difference!

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  • 18, 25 & 27 February 2014 - Parent Meetings

    Parent meetings took place the past two weeks in Wittedrift, Crags Primary and Kranshoek Primary. They were well-attended, accompanied by a slideshow and feedback of activities so far as...

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    Parent meetings took place the past two weeks in Wittedrift, Crags Primary and Kranshoek Primary. They were well-attended, accompanied by a slideshow and feedback of activities so far as well as plans for 2014 were given by BIA staff, mentors and volunteers.

    Isabelle introduced our staff, their responsibilities, uniforms and other projects currently running. Belinda spoke about rules and regulations, mentor themes and the tertiary project. Wesley introduced the volunteers and their various activities such as music and life skills classes, spoke about camps and the bicycle project as well as the Learn to Swim program. Karien gave updates about the Dream in Africa program. Mentors also had the opportunity to share about their work with the children. We were also honoured by the presence of Belgian Chairman, George de Smul, and his wife, on their once a year visit to BIA South Africa.

    Parents also had the opportunity to ask questions and speak to us individually about concerns, many expressing their gratitude to us for the positive impact we have on the lives of their children.

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  • 23 February 2014 – Golf Day

    The Born in Africa and Masizame golf day was a huge success, with over 90 participants, on a beautifully sunny day in Plettenberg Bay! Thank you to everyone who took part and made it...

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    The Born in Africa and Masizame golf day was a huge success, with over 90 participants, on a beautifully sunny day in Plettenberg Bay! Thank you to everyone who took part and made it such an enjoyable event, with lots of laughs and many great prizes awarded. Our sincere appreciation goes out to Peter Adams for organizing the event, as well as to Toralf Nordbotten, Remi de Backer and Brenda Wall for their help in making the event a such a lovely success.

    Also, thank you to the following sponsors of prizes: Alan & Faith Tubbs, Bramon Wines, Enrico’s, Face to Face beauty, Golf 4 Balls, Goose Valley Club House, Goose Valley ProShop, Goose Valley Restaurant, Kingswood, Le Fournil, Le Med, Metamorphis, Personal Trust, Pezula, PNA, Robberg Seafood (Ernie & Janice Adams), Simola Golf Club, St. Francis Links, The Peppermill, Val & Brian King, Wimpy. And to our hole sponsors: Chas Everitt, Leroys garden services, I-build, Sanlam private investment, Plett medicine depot, Old Nicks.    

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  • 1 February 2014 - Siya Phambili's Official Opening

    The official handover took place this Saturday, the 1st of February, with a lovely reception being held at Siya Phambili. All the donors were present, namely Rita de Smul, Tom Vermeir,...

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    The official handover took place this Saturday, the 1st of February, with a lovely reception being held at Siya Phambili. All the donors were present, namely Rita de Smul, Tom Vermeir, Bart Laureyns, Griet de Graeve and Christine de Meulemeester, and thanked by the ladies of Siya Phambili for their donations and other efforts. Tante Rita, as she is affectionately known, raised money for three years with a passion for helping underprivileged women in the area. The builders who added the extension to the shop area also attended to celebrate the event. Each of the 10 Siya Phambili ladies told their personal stories, from where they were before the shop started 7 years ago in a tent, to how far they have come now and the positive impact running their own business has had on their lives. They are also sowing back in to the community, a great success story!

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  • ING Solidarity Award

    We are so incredibly grateful and happy to announce that Born in Africa secured the winning 5th place in Brussels for the ING Solidarity Award!  Belgian NPO’s were judged by the...

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    We are so incredibly grateful and happy to announce that Born in Africa secured the winning 5th place in Brussels for the ING Solidarity Award!  Belgian NPO’s were judged by the number of online votes they received which were an incredible 1373. In addition, BIA was also the favourite with the jury who found that our organisation was one with the most credible when it comes to community impact, the originality of our organisation as well as the implementation of our strategies. The funds received will be used towards the BIA study bursary program which will ensure our tertiary learners receive the education they rightly deserve. Thank you so much to Jaak Leenknegt for working effortlessly to promote BIA and thanks to all our loyal BIA friends for ultimately ensuring our place among the winners! We are most grateful to each and every person. 

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  • 24 January 2014 - Uniforms

    Uniforms were handed out to all BIA learners as the school year of 2014 commenced. It was quite an organisationally rich endeavour, but we enjoyed it and are glad to see all our students now better equipped with neat uniforms that fit well. Our Born in Africa “uniform shop” was set up at each of the schools where learners tried on their uniforms and shoes. They were all very excited to receive a brand new kit, along with shoes and backpacks, and we trust that they will be worn and used with pride.

    Uniforms have been handed out to all BIA learners at the start of the school year 2014. It was quite an organisationally rich endeavour, but we enjoyed it and are glad to see all our students now better equipped for the year ahead. They were all very excited to receive their brand new uniforms and we trust that they will be worn with pride.
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  • 15 January 2014 - Bicycles for Born in Africa

    We are excited to announce that the bicycle project is off the starting blocks. The container arrived and the bicycles were offloaded and checked. They will be distributed mainly to ...

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    We are excited to announce that the bicycle project is off the starting blocks. The container arrived and the bicycles were offloaded and checked. They will be distributed mainly to BIA children in the Wittedrift area who have to walk to school. This initiative is being supported by our Mayor, Memory Booysen, and the Bitou Municipality. The idea is to build a pathway which cyclists will be able to use when commuting from the residential area to school and back.

    A local enthusiast who has experience in bicycle repairs, Stuart John Smith, will be in charge of establishing a bicycle repair shop in the Wittedrift area with Rotary Plettenberg Bay and BIA’s support. We will also run a cycling safety and awareness program for all the children receiving bicycles which they will have to complete successfully in order to qualify to receive a bicycle.

    BIA would like to thank Reinard Schydlo and Klaus Schuler for their involvement in making this project come to life. A special thank you to Stephan Strauss (RC Duesseldorf-Schl.) who ensured the key sponsor, DB Schenker, that donated the transport from Germany to Wittedrift as well as the container, which will become the repair shop. And finally, the initiators of the project, BEN bikes, in cooperation with Rotary Stuttgart International, RC Dusseldorf-Schlossturm and Rotary Plettenberg Bay, for their organisational assistance and sourcing the bicycles.

    The success of this project will mean that many children have much greater mobility, can travel to school more safely and will be able to enjoy the experience of cycling too.

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  • 27 November 2013 - Isabelle receives the Paul Harris Fellowship award

    Isabelle De Smul – Brink, Born in Africa coordinator, has just had an incredible honor bestowed upon her on the eve of 28 November 2013. During a formal evening hosted by Rotary, she...

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    Isabelle De Smul – Brink, Born in Africa coordinator, has just had an incredible honor bestowed upon her on the eve of 28 November 2013. During a formal evening hosted by Rotary, she received the Paul Harris Fellowship award which was given to her by Rotary District governor Vyv Deacon. The presentation of the “Paul Harris Fellow is the Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named after Rotary founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Amongst other fellow South Africans who have received the award are Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F W De Klerk. Isabelle was incredibly proud to receive the award and praised her staff for their efforts. In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, Isabelle joins a remarkable company of persons throughout the world, all recognized for their devotion to the ideal of good will, peace and understanding. It is the goal of Rotarians the world over, and one that Isabelle clearly shares.

    Rotarian and BIA chairman Remi De Backer and his wife Lieve gave a short introduction on Isabelle’s younger days and the Rotary president Ruby Chetty who also serves on the BIA board praised Isabelle for her work. BIA is truly proud of Isabelle, our director and founder.

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  • 23, 25 September 2013 – Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary outings

    Many of our older children had the opportunity to visit Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, a park which has relocated recently to just outside of Plettenberg Bay. It boasts 18 species of wild...

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    Many of our older children had the opportunity to visit Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, a park which has relocated recently to just outside of Plettenberg Bay. It boasts 18 species of wild cats as well as other wildlife, many of which were kept as pets. The park focuses on conservation education and specifically the plight of large predators in captivity, they are not humanised or touched. It was a wonderful experience, to view these beautiful animals at such close range is a privilege many never get to experience. It was also good to see a love and respect for the animals being nurtured in BIA learners. We would recommend a visit to anyone and everyone, children and adults alike!

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  • 20 September 2013 - International Coastal Clean-Up Day

    The International Coastal Clean-Up day saw more than 600,000 people involved world-wide who got together to pick-up rubbish in communities and on beaches. It is estimated that a total of...

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    The International Coastal Clean-Up day saw more than 600,000 people involved world-wide who got together to pick-up rubbish in communities and on beaches. It is estimated that a total of 4 million kgs of rubble was collected across the globe. This is the 6th year running in Crags. Various organisations were involved, including ourselves, Ingwe Forest Adventrues, Birds of Eden, Monkey Land, Jukani, Orca, Working for Water, Plastic SA, Coca Cola, Hunters Hotels and Willing Workers. We met in the hall, were debriefed, made introductions and then walked Kurland with black bags collecting rubbish. More than 100 black bags were filled in total.

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  • 16 September 2013 - A tribute to Born in Africa

    Toralf Nordbotten, board member of Born in Africa in South Africa, wrote a song for our ten year celebration. He has recently added another verse.

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    Toralf Nordbotten, board member of Born in Africa in South Africa, wrote a song for our ten year celebration. He has recently added another verse.

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  • 14 September 2013 - Interact Plettenberg helps "Dream in Africa"

    Newley established Interact club Plettenberg Bay took part in the Wittedrift High entrepreneur day which was held at Market Square, Plettenberg Bay. The groups set up various stalls...

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    Newley established Interact club Plettenberg Bay took part in the Wittedrift High entrepreneur day which was held at Market Square, Plettenberg Bay. The groups set up various stalls selling a wide variety of goodies which were either handmade or home baked. The event was held to raise funds and to extend the school's entrepreneurship.

    The motivated group of Interacters decided to sell the bracelets in aid of the "My dream in Africa". This they did under the guidance of Ruby Chetty, Rotary Plettenberg Bay president. Thank you for your guidance and letting us use your shop front.

    Thanks also goes out to Beugené Green(President), Danelle Majavie(Vice-President), Adija Hartley(Secretary) and Deidre Barnardo(Treasurer) for selling such an impressive amount of bracelets and for promoting the project. They are all part of the BIA program, motivating them even further, and we are incredibly proud of them.

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  • 7 September 2013 - Rotary Interact club established

    Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people between the ages of 12 and 18, which provide support and guidance, and are supported by individual Rotary Clubs. Four...

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    Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people between the ages of 12 and 18, which provide support and guidance, and are supported by individual Rotary Clubs. Four BIA students, Deidre Barnardo (Treasurer), Adija Hartley (Secretary), Beugené Green (President) and Danelle Majavie (Vice President), are the office bearers of the new Rotary Plettenberg Bay 9350 club.

    At the training day held in Knysna, Albert Lombaard who administers youth services for Rotary Knysna programs explained the rules and guidelines for Interact. Lesley Satchel went on to explain the aims of Interact as well as the choice of and commitment to projects that each Interact Club pursues. Helen Bennet gave a message on the importance of social networking. All the clubs then introduced themselves and spoke about their activities, followed by separate discussions on future plans and fundraisers where a brainstorming session was held. This was extremely valuable for our new club.

    After a delicious lunch Christy Jacobs, a former Interactor from Knysna who now works with the Knysna Sea cadets, shared his inspirational story and encouraged the youth to follow their passions and never give up. The team from Knysna’s Santa’s shoebox shared this incredible project with the Rotarians and Interacters and it was incredible to see just how “paying it forward” has resulted in such a wonderful initiative. The group were also treated to a brilliant talk and power point presentation on “Fracking in the Karoo” which will become a very real issue in a few years and most certainly affect the Interacters who attended. The girls were inspired and enjoyed meeting other interacts who they can now stay in touch with!

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  • 6-8 September 2013 – Girls boot camp

    Another camp was held this weekend for a group of 32 grade 8 – 12 girls also at Ingwe, our main venue this year. On the Friday night, team posters were made and war cries shared with...

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    Another camp was held this weekend for a group of 32 grade 8 – 12 girls also at Ingwe, our main venue this year. On the Friday night, team posters were made and war cries shared with the whole group which was a lot of fun and laughs. We had a delicious cooked meal followed by a true life inspirational movie.

    With the amazing weather on Saturday morning, team building games in the sun were the perfect thing to do (see the pictures with balloons!) and we then had a well-deserved swim in the pool. On our educational walk, we saw Impala and Fallow deer! After some time to socialize, our volunteers gave a very informative workshop on HIV, STDs and safe sex, and it was wonderful to see how much the girls opened up. The evening meal was a delicious potjie kos, made by BIA mentor Catherine Schoeman, followed by a first aid demonstration by Wesley. The evening ended with a fashion show where the girls made outfits from recycled materials in their teams, designed especially for the model each group selected.

    It was another great camp at a great venue!

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  • 30 August 2013 - Ingwe "Boot Camp" (gr9-12 girls)

    A group of 39 grade 9-12 girls went on a life skills camp last weekend at Ingwe Forest Adventures.

    They had a wonderful time, made beautiful team banners and played a popular game as an...

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    A group of 39 grade 9-12 girls went on a life skills camp last weekend at Ingwe Forest Adventures.

    They had a wonderful time, made beautiful team banners and played a popular game as an ice-breaker, “my sweetheart says”. Friday night ended with motivational films and a lovely bonfire. The Saturday started with team building exercises, where new friends were made, as well as a lovely day hike once the weather allowed for it. After lunch, the girls took part in a “Safe Sex” workshop followed by a “First-Aid” demonstration by Wesley. The grand finale was the BIA Fashion Show held that evening. Teams had to use limited resources and recycled materials to design outfits for their chosen models fit for the runway.

    Thank you to Ingwe for the use of their facilities, to Wesley for organising the camp, to Marita for her help and cooking delicious meals, to our volunteers (Charley, Lory and Alec) for all the time and effort they put in and to Robberg Fine Foods for their food donation. What a weekend, enjoyed by all!

     

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  • 1 August 2013 - Siya Phambili Update

    We would like to recognize the ladies from this very special business situated in the Crags. In 2005 the mothers of the children in BIA started the business where they produce unique...

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    We would like to recognize the ladies from this very special business situated in the Crags. In 2005 the mothers of the children in BIA started the business where they produce unique handmade products such as key chains and jewelry. All their work is done using mainly beads.

    Thanks to C. De Meulemeester, B. Laureyns, T. Vermeir, R. De smul, G. De Graeve from ‘Doolel Jiggen’ ladies in Belgium an addition was recently added to the building. Thank you Adje & Ate Bos for the planning of all the works. The extension has ensured 50 % more floor and workspace for the women who produce the stunning jewelry pieces on the premises.

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  • 6 July 2013 - Rotary Club Camp Adventure into Citizenship

    The Rotary Club Cape Town took 42 grade 11 and 12 learners for a city trip this year. The aim was to teach them about building themselves and influencing their community in a positive...

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    The Rotary Club Cape Town took 42 grade 11 and 12 learners for a city trip this year. The aim was to teach them about building themselves and influencing their community in a positive way in order to foster the creation of capable leaders who are motivated to forge a brighter future.  Learners from all over South Africa attended, including several learners from less privileged communities. Four Born in Africa learners, namely Elize Malgas, Jonelle Hendrickse, Katleho Modise and Marcellino Ruiters, were fortunate enough to attend. Some of the places they visited include Parliament, museums in Cape Town, the Open Door Abuse Centre, the Green Shack project and the Science centre. There were also many other social activities included. All the learners who went could not stop talking about their unforgettable, life-changing adventure. A huge thank you to BIA godparents for their contribution as well as to the members of  Orde van St Jan  van Jerusalem (Hospitaalridders) for helping to make it happen.

    Please see the following links for more information:

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  • 4 July 2013 - Wedge Classic Development Clinic

    The Wegde Classic is the longest standing Bodyboarding event in South African history. It was a privilege for our group of enthusiastic BIA learners to meet some of the most talented...

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    The Wegde Classic is the longest standing Bodyboarding event in South African history. It was a privilege for our group of enthusiastic BIA learners to meet some of the most talented national and international bodyboarders around. They shared their personal experiences and expert knowledge of the sport with us and also joined the learners in the water for some practical application of what they were taught.

    We are so proud of our BIA learners! Their enthusiasm was evident and inspiring despite the icy cold water and choppy seas. Thank you to everyone who helped with the development clinic, the learners loved it and who knows, maybe we now have a few pro-body boarders in the making...watch this space!

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  • 7 July 2013 - BIA 10-year celebration in Belgium

    Godparents, volunteers, supporters and sponsors are all invited to join in the 10-year celebration festivities in Lebbeke, Belgium. Isabelle and her family have travelled to Belgium...

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    Godparents, volunteers, supporters and sponsors are all invited to join in the 10-year celebration festivities in Lebbeke, Belgium. Isabelle and her family have travelled to Belgium especially for the event. The day will consist of the following:

    Reception (13:30 – 17:00). The festivities of the 10-year celebration will be shared with guests, various speakers and board members will give their input and Isabelle will present a few photos and new videos.

    Barbeque (17:00 – 20:00). The day will be concluded with a barbeque held for guests.

    It would be a pleasure to celebrate our success so far with you! We look forward to seeing you there. Click here to have a look at this invitation for more details.

     

     

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  • 25th & 26th March 2013 - Monkeyland & Birds of Eden

    To reward faithfulness and commitment in this past semester, Born in Africa took 34 learners from the Crags and Kranshoek for an outing to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden on the 25th of...

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    To reward faithfulness and commitment in this past semester, Born in Africa took 34 learners from the Crags and Kranshoek for an outing to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden on the 25th of June and another 32 learners from Wittedrift on the 26th of June. Perfect weather coupled with learners’ enthusiasm and excitement made for a fantastic outing.

    It was a lovely opportunity to see the 10 different species of monkeys, ask questions about them and get to know their individual personalities. Some of their favourite monkeys were the gibbons, or “mens ape”, and of course the lemurs which reminded some of king Julian and his clan in the movie Madagascar. The learners also enjoyed exploring Birds of Eden, surrounded by beautiful nature and an amazing variety of different species of birds, over 350 in all. In particular, they seemed to enjoy the parrots with their bright colours and all the different sounds they make. It was wonderful to see their faces light up. Crossing the two suspension bridges, one being more than 120 metres long, caused a bit of nervous laughter!

    Thank you to our tour guides and once again to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden for their continued support, for making a difference in the lives of so many Born in Africa children! They loved this experience and many of them will remember it as the highlight of their holiday.

     

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  • 7 May 2013 - Gardening Project Progress

    Our gardening project is continuing at a good pace. At the moment, we have 12 established gardens in Kranshoek and 6 that are starting out in Wittedrift. We have chosen only to include...

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    Our gardening project is continuing at a good pace. At the moment, we have 12 established gardens in Kranshoek and 6 that are starting out in Wittedrift. We have chosen only to include the BIA learners who are eager and have shown their commitment to the project, our BIA “green fingers”.

    In Kranshoek our first produce, including tomatoes, spinach, gem squash, beans and salad leaves, is nearly ready to be harvested. We also handed out compost this week which was eagerly received and put to use. The gardens are being protected by bamboo fences and netting, which is working well.

    In Wittedrift, the project is still in the starting blocks. We have prepared the ground and planted seeds so far, now the next step is to apply patience and keep the ground well-watered. New tools and compost will also be handed out to these gardeners week by week, to help them as the garden progresses and keep them motivated.

    Thank you to everyone who has made this project possible. Please feel free to contact us should you have a contribution to make or any input to give us regarding the project.

     

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  • 26-28 April 2013 - Ingwe Adventure Camp

    Ingwe Forest Adventures played host to another Born in Africa camp. This time it was the boys’ turn to go on an adventure, which was characteristically "rougher and tougher". 47 boys...

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    Ingwe Forest Adventures played host to another Born in Africa camp. This time it was the boys’ turn to go on an adventure, which was characteristically "rougher and tougher". 47 boys from Crags Primary, Wittedrift Primary and Kranshoek Primary attended the camp. There was an atmosphere of excitement all weekend and the boys took all their energy out in enthusiastic participation.

    They played various games, such as “stalk the lantern”, spent time splashing in the pool, went on an afternoon hike exploring the surrounds, watched a movie and generally had as much fun as possible! Emcare also paid them a visit with a first-hand, up close and personal first aid demonstration.

    As always, hunger pains were stilled during the camp with some delicious food prepared by BIA mentor Marita with the help of our ever-enthusiastic volunteers who enjoyed the camp as much as the children did! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the wellbeing of BIA learners.

    Thank you also to Wesley Andrew, our Education Co-ordinator, for once again organising a camp that yielded so many unforgettable, happy memories.

     

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  • 28 March 2013 - 10-year Celebration!

    Our 10-year celebration was a huge success!

    School visits

    Our godparents and friends had the opportunity to visit the schools we are involved in and many of them met the child they are...

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    Our 10-year celebration was a huge success!

    School visits

    Our godparents and friends had the opportunity to visit the schools we are involved in and many of them met the child they are sponsoring for the first time! Lots of laughs and fun was had with dances and songs being shared and enjoyed. Thank you once again to all our godparents who travelled so far to be here and celebrate this 10-year milestone with us.

    Celebration Day Preparation

    To start our day, brand new bright green BIA t-shirts were handed out to learners at their schools. Each shirt was individually labelled with a learner’s name and size. Once everyone was dressed, 400 excited Born in Africa children, as well as other participants and members of the team, boarded busses into town. They were dropped off behind the municipality where the buzz of final preparations was already underway.

    Getting ready or the street parade

    As we waited for everyone to arrive and for 12:00 to come, refreshments were given, banners and balloons were handed out, the marching band got ready and everyone’s voices and bodies were warmed up for the big parade.

    The Street Parade

    We walked from the Municipality to Piesang Valley Hall. The street parade kicked off with drums, singing and of course a little dancing as accompaniment. A sea of green flooded the main street with smiles and a sense of purpose as we proudly celebrated our 10-year existence. To see everyone walking together as one was unforgettable, evidence of how far Born in Africa has come and the impact we have been able to make so far!

     

    The BIA show

    The show was held as part of the celebration. Born in Africa learners, staff, volunteers, godparents, board members, the mayor of Plettenberg Bay and many of our local supporters joined us for the event.

    Reception

    Finally, our guests were invited to attend a reception which included a champagne toast, snacks and a lovely birthday cake. It was a good close to a day of festivities, celebrating the start of another 10 years of making a difference together! And what would a celebration be without champagne, snacks, good conversation and of course a birthday cake. See our Facebook page for more pictures! BorninafricaVzw

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  • 29 March 2013 - "Tessy's Room"

    A dream was realised at the Come to Learn Day Care Centre in the Crags on Friday the 29th of March 2013. Miss Ndileka Patricia Mbumba opened the door to the centre on the 3rd of May,...

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    A dream was realised at the Come to Learn Day Care Centre in the Crags on Friday the 29th of March 2013. Miss Ndileka Patricia Mbumba opened the door to the centre on the 3rd of May, 2011. Difficulty was experienced, however, with a lack in the availability of basic needs and space. The heart behind the project was to protect vulnerable children who are otherwise often left in abusive or neglectful situations at home, to give them the opportunity to be in a healthy, interactive environment where their minds and bodies are enriched and stimulated.

    One of the Born in Africa volunteers, Tessy Willems, saw the dream and decided to do her bit to make it a reality. She organised a High Tea in Holland where € 1700 was raised and used to improve the day care centre. Many members and friends of Born in Africa joined in to help. The floor was replaced, windows put in, a door made especially for the room and a new roof put on.

    Thank you to Joan and Jacqueline Proost for their donation of various materials and blankets. Also, to Chantal Van Summeren and Eric Beuker for their donation of fluffy toys. Also, to John Delaere for his help. What a fantastic team. In one week time the extra classroom was finished and ready to be used.

     

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  • 10 Year Celebration Information

    Born in Africa turns 10 in 2013 and we have put together an incredible program where we are inviting the public, friends and family to join us in celebrating what we have achieved...

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    Born in Africa turns 10 in 2013 and we have put together an incredible program where we are inviting the public, friends and family to join us in celebrating what we have achieved together.

    The events will be taking place from 25-28 March 2013 and we have added below a glimpse of what you can expect.

    o Monday: visit the BIA office, Crags Primary school visit, Siya Phambili bead shop visit, house visits and we end of with a parent meeting held at Crags Primary school-parents and children present .

    o Tuesday: Kranshoek Primary school visit as well as our after school activities, homework club, house visits and we end off with a parent meeting held at Kranshoek Primary school- parent and children present.

    o Wednesday: Visit Wittedrift high school and Leigh Dunn’s class @ Formosa Primary school.

    o Thursday: Street walk with 400 BIA children followed by celebration at Piesang Valley hall. Big picture will be taken form all the children together.

    We hope you will be able to assist us and be part of this magical event. Together we can make a difference!

    See our program for more information.

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  • 6 March 2013 - Beach Outing

    The learners who were part of the “Learn to Swim” program went on an exciting outing at central beach, Plettenberg Bay. They were shown the Sea Rescue boats and safety equipment with...

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    The learners who were part of the “Learn to Swim” program went on an exciting outing at central beach, Plettenberg Bay. They were shown the Sea Rescue boats and safety equipment with explanations of how things work in practice. The learners also spent time with lifeguards learning valuable lessons specifically about water safety in the sea, something which is absolutely crucial in the area in which we live. A lot of fun was had playing the traditional “flags” game and having a lovely swim in our beautiful waters.

    BIA would like to thank KwikSpar for providing us with plenty for everyone to eat. Thank you to our learners for being so co-operative and enthusiastic and thanks also to Wesley and BIA volunteer team for all their efforts in organising the outing.

     

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  • 1-3 March 2013 - Robinson Crusoe Survival Camp

    Ingwe Forest Adventures played host to the Born in Africa Gr 5 & 6 girls Robinson Crusoe camp. A more perfect setting you could not have found for the adventure filled program which...

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    Ingwe Forest Adventures played host to the Born in Africa Gr 5 & 6 girls Robinson Crusoe camp. A more perfect setting you could not have found for the adventure filled program which took place.

    The 60 girls from Crags, Kranshoek, Covie, New Horizon and Wittedrift worked together in groups which promoted team building and added to the jungle vibe. They kicked ofF the weekend’s program by composing “war cries” and painting their group slogans on banners which they then performed in a “song off” against the rival groups. They watched a survival play which was put together by the Born in Africa volunteers. It needed their interaction to end in the ultimate survivor! Something one would definitely use should one end up on a deserted island after being shipwrecked.

    A treasure hunt followed which lead into fun swimming time. The group, who was still stranded at Ingwe Forest Adventures, were also paid a visit by “Emcare” who taught them basic first aid to survive in the jungle.

    They explored the area and a moonlight walk showed them a different side to being a castaway on a deserted island.

    BIA would like to thank Debbie of Ingwe Forest Adventures for an incredible venue. Thanks to Reon of Emcare for teaching our girls the importance of first aid and thanks to the BIA staff and volunteers for organising such an amazing camp. Enormous thanks goes to the 60 girls who created such an amazing vibe. Robinson Crusoe really enjoyed having you on his shipwreck adventure!

     

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  • 9 February - The Rainbow Movie

    A group of budding young Born in Africa “actors” spent their morning with the film crew of Daron Chatz making a film which promotes BIA as part of our 10-year celebration. We are so...

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    A group of budding young Born in Africa “actors” spent their morning with the film crew of Daron Chatz making a film which promotes BIA as part of our 10-year celebration. We are so proud to include the learners in the movie and thrilled that they put their hearts and souls into making it a success. The activity definitely boosted their confidence and improved their self-esteem. The clip will be played at our big celebration day – Thursday 28 March 2013.

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  • 8-9 February 2013 - Robinson Crusoe Camp

    Robinson Crusoe just got shipwrecked at Southern Comfort ranch with a total of 40 Born in Africa children! The group of learners between Grades 2-5 were entertained by him during their...

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    Robinson Crusoe just got shipwrecked at Southern Comfort ranch with a total of 40 Born in Africa children! The group of learners between Grades 2-5 were entertained by him during their annual camp hosted by BIA. The learners hail from Wittedrift, Kranshoek, Crags and New Horizon. The group commenced the program by attending a play featuring Roberson Crusoe and his survival guide. After the groups sang to their heart’s content while presenting their war cries, they took part in a series of adventure games. One of the highlights was when they went on a night hike, learned how to make a fire and how to extinguish it safely. This might come in handy when one becomes shipwrecked – you never know! They enjoyed ample time swimming, ate hearty meals, shared their adventure tales around the camp fire and, off course, laughter was abundant!

    We would like to thank Magriet and her group from Southern Comfort, the BIA staff and volunteers for their hard work and also give thanks to the children who made the camp such a great adventure!

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  • 30 January 2013 - Vegetable Garden Project

    Give a man to fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. The same goes for growing your own vegetables and most especially in South Africa where...

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    Give a man to fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. The same goes for growing your own vegetables and most especially in South Africa where hunger is a huge issue.

    We have just launched our vegetable garden project in Kranshoek and are very proud to announce - “so far so good!”

    A total of 13 learners between Gr 6-7 all BIA scholars at Kranshoek Primary have gotten involved and are all very keen budding gardeners in the making. Each learner received a kit consisting of buckets, gardening tools and seedlings to start with. They also started diaries with basic gardening information and a day by day record of how their gardens are progressing.

    The main purpose is of course to teach them to grow their own food, but it doesn’t stop there. They are able to manufacture their own compost using organic food waste from their kitchen minimising their refuse. They will also learn how to plant in otherwise discarded items which will promote recycling and there is money to be made in this project. We have two local markets that are willing to sell the produce for the learners. With the cash they will make they can convert it into seed for further planting and so the green cycle will continue. They can also trade their vegetables amongst each other and ultimately build up their own seed banks with excess veggies. 13 might sound like a small group of learners, but remember-all great things start small!

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  • 28 January 2013 - Learn to Swim!

    This year it was Kranshoek Primary’s turn to attend the “Learn to Swim” program hosted by Born in Africa. A total of 35 learners from Gr 3-5 are currently taking part in the...

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    This year it was Kranshoek Primary’s turn to attend the “Learn to Swim” program hosted by Born in Africa. A total of 35 learners from Gr 3-5 are currently taking part in the program. We tested the learners beforehand to place them in groups and then started with 10 swimming lessons under the ever-watchful eye of BIA education coordinator Wesley Andrew. They learned about water awareness and safety as well as how to float, the basic swimming strokes and even how to cope with their whole body submerged under water!

    Finally we would like to reward the “dolphins” by then! - by treating them to an outing to Central beach. There they will visit the NSRI, spend time with the lifeguards and get to swim in the ocean! Water safety will also be a topic which they will explore that day.

    BIA would like to thank Adventure Land for once again allowing us to use the pool for the lessons and huge thanks goes to the BIA staff and volunteers for assisting during the course. A special thanks to Lief and Ivo De Bisschop from Belgium who are our major swimming sponsors.

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  • January - Brand New Uniforms!

    370 lucky BIA learners received brand spanking new uniforms at the beginning of the school year. The learners range from Grade 2 to Grade 12 which age wise is 6 to 18 years. Each student...

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    370 lucky BIA learners received brand spanking new uniforms at the beginning of the school year. The learners range from Grade 2 to Grade 12 which age wise is 6 to 18 years. Each student received shoes, socks, trousers, shirts, jerseys, rain jackets and stationary. This project takes place at the start of every academic year. It is important that our learners begin the year prepared without having to worry about their attire so that they can focus on their academic studies. The BIA team set off each day to another school with our 2 BIA busses full of clothing. Our “shops” proved to be a great success and in no time each learner would exit, new uniform in hand, with a huge smile on his or her dial!

    Thanks to the following schools who allowed us the use of a classroom: Kranshoek Primary, Crags Primary, Wittedrift Primary, Plett Secondary school, Wittedrift High and Harkerville Primary. Our thanks also goes out to the dynamic BIA team for all their assistance and thank you to the BIA godparents for sponsoring the uniforms.

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  • 6 November 2012 - Parentmeetings, a huge success

    2012 is coming to a close and traditionally we host parent meeting in Kranshoek, Crags and Harkerville and this year was no different, but with a slight twist! BIA turns 10 next year and...

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    2012 is coming to a close and traditionally we host parent meeting in Kranshoek, Crags and Harkerville and this year was no different, but with a slight twist! BIA turns 10 next year and we will be putting on a huge event to celebrate this occasion. Our children will also be performing and the parent meetings were the perfect opportunity to showcase their talents. More than 500 individuals attended the three meetings where the BIA team gave feedback on the years activities with the children. Isabelle Brink explained what the BIA parents and children can expect in 2013 and Wesley Andrew commented on the camps, outings, homework sessions, swimming lessons, art & crafts & self esteem classes which is part of what he is responsible for. Belinda Coram introduced the current Tertiary students as well as the 1st years for 2013. She went on to stress the importance of career guidance from an early age in order to prepare learners for their future and that they decisions should be made by the learner and parents/caregivers after conclusive research.

    The performances by the learners were very brilliant and created a magical atmosphere during the evening’s events. The BIA mentors Sarija Bewee, Marita Manual, Juf Jacobs and Catherine Schoeman gave feedback about their group sessions and of course our volunteers were applauded for their hard work.

    Well done to all who made the meetings a huge success and a special thanks to the BIA parents and children for attending.

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  • 6 November 2012 - Gr 9-10 camp

    A total of 54 BIA boys and girls spent an unforgettable weekend and this incredible venue situated in Harkerville, just outside Plettenberg Bay and they had heaps of fun! Wesley Andrew,...

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    A total of 54 BIA boys and girls spent an unforgettable weekend and this incredible venue situated in Harkerville, just outside Plettenberg Bay and they had heaps of fun! Wesley Andrew, BIA educational coordinator and his expert team of volunteers ensured that not a moment was spent sitting still. 

    The camp was opened by inspirational guest speaker Hilton Pyper who offered the children very valued advice on the importance of family, personal values and goals. This pretty much set the tone for the weekend’s theme of activities. The various groups spent much time exploring the importance of teamwork with amusing games and they learned the significance of discipline and the principals of caring.

     As we find career guidance an important aspect of our program already at Gr 9 & 10 level, we put together a power point presentation with a wide spectrum of career options for them. This is very valuable as it plants a seed of hope and they can focus on improving school results and prepare for very important decisions to be made. 

    The beautiful natural surroundings were explored when the group undertook both a day and a night hike. They also got to spend lots of time just being kids and having fun in the swimming pool and both evenings they put up incredible talent shows. 

    Well done to all the learners who participated hailing from Wittedrift, Greenvalley, Crags, Kranshoek and Harkerville.

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  • 5 November 2012 - Thanks to the "HOEDEnaarde"

    HOEDenaarde , de Gilde der BeHOEDers, schenkt 1500 euro aan Born In Africa

    Please click on the link above to read about this incredible donation! 

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  • 2 November 2012 - Letter from Princess Mathilda

    Click on the link below to read what Princess Mathilda has to say about BIA. We are incredibly proud to have royalty acknowledge what we do.

    Brief van Princess Mathilda

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    Click on the link below to read what Princess Mathilda has to say about BIA. We are incredibly proud to have royalty acknowledge what we do.

    Brief van Princess Mathilda

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  • 1 November 2012 - Thank you Ernst & Young, Belgium

    Thank you Ernst and Young, Belgium for your incredible donation of 3000 Euros. This will be used for study bursary fund as we currently sponsor a total number of 32 students who are...

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    Thank you Ernst and Young, Belgium for your incredible donation of 3000 Euros. This will be used for study bursary fund as we currently sponsor a total number of 32 students who are attending university, college or Wittedrift High school. As a company Ernst and Young are also sponsoring a BIA child.

    The funds were raised during a Sustainability evening held in Diegem Belgium, where BIA chairman Georges De Smul was the guest speaker.

    Well done Georges and we comment Ernst and Young for their contribution towards BIA.

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  • 8 October 2012 - News from the Royal Palace

    Congratulations from Queen Paola and King Albert to BIA for hard work and dedication.

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  • 3 October 2012 - Jobshadowing for a brighter future

    It is so important to expose our adolescents to various career options. Many young folk have a distorted idea of a career because of media, films and advertising. To give them a better...

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    It is so important to expose our adolescents to various career options. Many young folk have a distorted idea of a career because of media, films and advertising. To give them a better perspective on what is expected of them, BIA organises job shadowing for our Gr 11 learners. We arrange for them to spend a day at a company of their choice whiles shadowing an employee of the company. This gives them the opportunity to ask questions, become acquainted with the profession and make the final decisions whether this is the career for them. We have had many youngsters changing their career choice as a result of their job shadowing experience which is vital in applying for university studies.

    Recently 3 of our Gr 11 and 1 Gr 12 students took part in this project which much success. They are Alberto Wilskut who wants to study accounting, Donnolene Aaron and Chandré Plaatjies who want to become social workers and our Gr 12 learner Shavon Prins who has been accepted at the International Hotel School for 2013. She spent three days at The Plettenberg Hotel where she worked in all the departments.

    Well done to our learners who take their future responsibility very serious. They make us proud!

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  • 1 October 2012 - Latest additions to the BIA honoured member society!

    Wat zijn we trots op dit koppel. Jaarlijks steunen zijn onze zwemklassen. Door hun financiele bijdrage was het mogelijk om elk jaar het zwemprogramma te organiseren. Dank voor uw steun!

     

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    Wat zijn we trots op dit koppel. Jaarlijks steunen zijn onze zwemklassen. Door hun financiele bijdrage was het mogelijk om elk jaar het zwemprogramma te organiseren. Dank voor uw steun!

     

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  • 17 September 2012 - Well done to Hans & Nathalie!

    Well done to Hans Antonise & Nathalie Dekoning who spent two weeks with the BIA team in sunny Plettenberg Bay! Returning back to BIA was a magical experience as Hans was a volunteer with...

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    Well done to Hans Antonise & Nathalie Dekoning who spent two weeks with the BIA team in sunny Plettenberg Bay! Returning back to BIA was a magical experience as Hans was a volunteer with our organisation 7 years ago. Both Hans & Nathalie have become such huge fans of BIA and do a lot of fund raising for our organisation. During their stay in Plettenberg Bay they managed to visit a number of the projects on the go. What was very inspiring to the BIA team were their words: “Coming back after so many years and seeing such a lot of positive change in incredible” They left with many stories to tell and pictures to show in order to spread the word in and around Europe. We are most grateful for people like them who continue to do excellent work for BIA and keep us inspired.

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  • 20 September 2012 - 2nd BIA Charity Golf day

    A fabulous golf day was had by all who participated in the fun event. The 2nd BIA charity golf day was held in Antwerp, Belgium on Friday 31 August 2012.

    Our golfing fans teed off at mid...

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    A fabulous golf day was had by all who participated in the fun event. The 2nd BIA charity golf day was held in Antwerp, Belgium on Friday 31 August 2012.

    Our golfing fans teed off at mid day, followed by the prize giving and “braai” event. Thank you to each and every one of the participants. A brilliant amount was raised during the day and a special thanks goes to Isabelle and Stephan Dubois.

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  • 14 September 2012 - BIA golf day in Norway

    Wow, BIA is being recognised as far north as Norway and this thanks to our board member and godparent Toralf Nordbotten-who by the way is September’s Hero of the month! He organized a...

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    Wow, BIA is being recognised as far north as Norway and this thanks to our board member and godparent Toralf Nordbotten-who by the way is September’s Hero of the month! He organized a golf tournament in aid of BIA and the conditions were perfect with a beautiful 25 ◦ C. A total of 31 players teed off to a day full of golfing action. We at BIA SA are very proud of this achievement of Toralf raising funds for BIA as well as creating more awareness for our organisation. Thank you Toralf and Reidun for the wonderful job you are doing for BIA and for doing it with so much enthusiasm.

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  • 10 September 2012 - Kranshoek is a hive of activity

    Afternoons at Kranshoek Primary school are almost as busy as during school hours, and why is that? The BIA team are busy with their afternoon program, that’s why! We work with more...

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    Afternoons at Kranshoek Primary school are almost as busy as during school hours, and why is that? The BIA team are busy with their afternoon program, that’s why! We work with more than 70 students on a daily basis!

    Marita and Charles commence the afternoon program at their homework centres, (HWC) where 37 Gr 4 & 5 learners complete their daily homework. After this they move on to the “learning in fun”section, where they focus on language and maths, but with a twist! It is their motivation that learning should be a fun experience! The learners receive a wholesome snack, and extra attention is also focussed on research for projects. Wesley Andrew, our Education Coordinator visits the HWC on a regular basis where he presents our new public speaking program. He motivates learners to talk in front of their peers by offering them guidance and support. They work on relevant topics; prepare their speeches, and present-this all under strict timing. These classes are doing wonders for the learner's self confidence.

    In the classroom next door, 25 Gr 6 & 7 boys and girls express their creativity in the BIA art and craft classes. The learners have fashioned a wide variety of crafts using recycled materials such as; flower vases made using recycled cool drink bottles, mosaic artworks, stunning beaded bracelets, doll houses using recycled materials, and much more!

    We also play an integral part in nurturing the soul and this happens during the afternoon mentors Sarija and Magdalena, work with small groups of learners focussing on important life skills.

    Soon BIA is pioneering a vegetable garden project with 20 Gr 7 & 8 Kranshoek Primary pupils. Each learner will design a veggie garden and grow their own vegetables. The BIA team will visit the gardens regularly to measure progress and award the learners accordingly. This will be from part of BIA contribution towards the Eco-schools program, which we have recently joined.

    The atmosphere at Kranshoek Primary is truly one of growth, progress, and education and its success speaks through the many learners taking part every day.

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  • 31 August 2012 - Farewell but not goodbye

    When we were children and our parents took away a toy of ours as we had to go to school or another activity, we wept like there was no tomorrow. Well, saying goodbye to Marjan Meganck...

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    When we were children and our parents took away a toy of ours as we had to go to school or another activity, we wept like there was no tomorrow. Well, saying goodbye to Marjan Meganck and Wouter Deprez and their children was a similar experience. Having them part of the BIA team was an absolute blessing and one that will not be forgotten.

    The idea to come to SA, Plettenberg Bay was Marjan’s one, but Wouter and the kids happily trotted along for the adventure. Their plan was to take a year to give back to the communities of Plettenberg Bay, and wow, this they most certainly did.

    Wouter was instrumental in sharing his knowledge of the entertainment world with the young folk of the community. He played an integral role in the making of “Candy’s story” a short movie clip depicting a BIA girl’s journey to success. We were also very fortunate to feature in his radio program series “Radio Plettenberg” with one of our students – Mandy Mngomezulu-starring in an episode.

    Marjan’s exceptional organisational skills assisted the BIA team in re-thinking and drafting our strategic planning the BIA program. Together with her, we were able to align our focus and secure a sustainable future plan for our organisation. She was always on standby in an advisory capacity and for this we will always be grateful.

    As part of their farewell, Isabelle organised a surprise fun evening at the BIA headquarters where final goodbyes were said. We wish them all the best for their future plans and would like to reassure them that they are always welcome at BIA and will always remain a part of the BIA family

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  • 29 August 2012 - Cycling for BIA brings aid to our children

    Nele Schroyen has been chosen as the BIA hero of the month as she and her two comrades just completed a 3 day cycling tour through picturesque Belgium in aid of BIA.  They started their...

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    Nele Schroyen has been chosen as the BIA hero of the month as she and her two comrades just completed a 3 day cycling tour through picturesque Belgium in aid of BIA.  They started their trip in Leuven (Belgium) and completing in Utrecht (Holland).  Her sister in Karolien Schepens had the idea to cycle to collect money for Los Cachorros (an organisation working with homeless kids in Peru where she volunteered) and Nele saw this as the perfect opportunity to do something for BIA.  Evert Arce, a Peruvian who is currently living in Belgium, also joined the sisters.  Words from Nele:  “It was a lot of fun, very nice spots on the way, relaxing... We talked to people about what we were doing and about the organisations, so we also spread the word a bit.  I think it's amazing that people were so willing to sponsor us.

    It just goes to show that a small idea can create awareness for BIA and better futures for our young folk.  Well done you guys! 

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  • 15 May 2012 - Latest News Letter

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  • 1 May 2012 - 10 Years old! Info for our visitors

    BIA turns 10 years old next year and we are planning a full week programme to celebrate this achievement. You as godparents, sponsors and friends are all welcome to join in the...

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    BIA turns 10 years old next year and we are planning a full week programme to celebrate this achievement. You as godparents, sponsors and friends are all welcome to join in the festivities. We could not have come this far without you and the more the merrier!
     
    We are busy finalising the programme and we would like to give you a glimpse of what you can expect.  Join us on a fun walk with all the 420 BIA children down Plettenberg Bay’s Main Street, attend two major parent meetings where all children and their parents are gathered to view some of the children’s amazing talents, visit our Homework Centres and experience first hand the children at work, meet our Wittedrift High School group of learners and let them tell you how they have managed to succeed and spend quality time with your godchildren in sunny South Africa.

    In order to make your stay convenient and well priced, we have sourced a number of hotels and guesthouses who are willing to offer special rates. An information sheet has been complied with accommodation and also includes information on airports, distances and useful websites etc to make your travel arrangements lighter work. For more information you can also contact Remi De Backer: remi.de.backer@telenet.be


    Negotiated Accommodation Prices

    Country Houses

    Fynbos Ridge – 50% discount on listed price; rooms will be charged at R600 per night per person.  www.fynbosridge.co.za 

    Lily Pond Country Lodge – 20% discount on listed price.  In addition, Lily Pond will donate 10% of the total booking amount to Born in Africa!  www.lilypond.co.za

    Guest Houses

    Periwinkle – 33% discount on listed price.  Rooms will be charged at R500 per person per night.  www.perwinkle.co.za

    Aquavit – 25% discount on listed price and includes breakfast.  www.aquavit.co.za

    Christiana Lodge – 20% discount on listed price.  Rooms will be charged at R1,200 per night.  www.christianalodge.com

    Bosavern – 20% discount on listed price.  Rooms will be charged at R792 per person sharing per night for a three night stay or more.  www.bosavern.co.za

    Piesang Valley Lodge – 20% discount on listed price.  Rooms will be charged at R432 per person per night including breakfast.  www.pvl.co.za

    Sunshowers Plett – R950 per room per night.  www.plettafrica.co.za

    Bayside Lodge – R350 per person per night including breakfast.  www.baysidelodge.co.za

    Bed & Breakfasts

    Fairways Bed & Breakfast – R400 per person sharing per night including breakfast.  R350 per person sharing per night including breakfast for stays longer than three nights.  www.fairwaysbnb.co.za

    Self Catering

    Anlin Beach House – 15% discount on listed price.  www.anlinbeachhouse.co.za

    Clift Cottage Garden Apartment – 10% discount on listed price.  butbeads@telkomsa.net

    Robin Song – R300 per person per night or R300 per person sharing per night.  davisart@iafrica.com

    Driftwood Cottage – R250 per person per night.  mikeandawnpearce@telkomsa.net

    Backpackers

    Amakaya Backpackers – 15% discount on listed prices for stays of two nights or longer.  www.amakaya.co.za

    Northando – Doubles en-suite R360 per room per night & doubles with communal bathrooms R315 per room per night.  www.nothando.co.za


    Airports and distances

    The closest domestic airports are George (http://www.acsa.co.za/home.asp?pid=233) and Port Elizabeth (http://www.acsa.co.za/home.asp?pid=236).  International airports are Cape Town (http://www.acsa.co.za/home.asp?pid=229) and Johannesburg (http://www.acsa.co.za/home.asp?pid=228).

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  • 17 April 2012 - Born in Africa on Facebook

    Dear BIA Godparents and friends BIA on Facebook. As you all know, we have moved into an era of social networking where it has become so easy to catch up, get the latest news and share...

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    Dear BIA Godparents and friends BIA on Facebook. As you all know, we have moved into an era of social networking where it has become so easy to catch up, get the latest news and share ideas with each other. We at Born in Africa move with the times and we are also on Facebook. We request that you join us as friends and if you are a BIA godparent send a little message. As PR coordinator of BIA I will gladly tag you when your godchild features in a photograph of a camp or a outing. We update our page almost daily and let all our friends know just what exactly we are up and where we require assistance. We look forward to linking up with you and thus enabling frequent updates. Visit Facebook and find us at Borninafrica Vzw

    Kind Regards Belinda Coram Academic Coordinator

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  • 02 April 2012 - BIA Belgium Board Members with Leigh Dunn

    Leigh Dunn featured here on the left in a red Tshirt attended a boardmeeting held in Belgium.

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  • 2 April 2012 - Compostella - Born in Africa

    Dear Madam/Sir, We, Henk Koning and Jacqueline Stilmant, will depart on 17 April 2012 to“Santiago de Compostella”. Our starting point will be from Le Puy en Velay, historic departure...

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    Dear Madam/Sir, We, Henk Koning and Jacqueline Stilmant, will depart on 17 April 2012 to“Santiago de Compostella”. Our starting point will be from Le Puy en Velay, historic departure town of the pilgrims who walk the “Santiago de Compostella” on a journey of 1500 km. Now that we both are retired, we have the time to do something for those around us in need who can use our help. We have therefor turned this personal adventure into a sponsor adventure! With the funds raised on the journey we will be assisting Born in Africa with their many projects. Born in Africa (BIA) is a NPO who is activly involved in upliftment projects in the disadvantaged communities surrounding Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Education is one of the fundamental rights of all children. Therefore, we are committed to the long term educational development of underprivileged children in South Africa. A solid education provides solutions for these children to get out of hopeless situations- often dominated by poverty, abuse, and unemployment. Only when these children are given the opportunity to obtain a decent education will they have any hope of entering the labour market. Visit our blog and take part in our journey!

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