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January, is the beginning of a new year, it’s the beginning of new things and new ideas.... A new volunteer, Victoria Harris “I’m Victoria, I’m from London and have come out to Cape Town to help with the GCU project for a couple of months. Having worked in marketing and PR for several years, I was looking for a break from the rat race, and wanted to work on a volunteer project where I felt I could make a difference. Working at Woodlands school is quite challenging – many of the children come from extremely difficult homes, and the school is very under-resourced, so I have been mainly helping the children with tutoring, and general ‘life skills’. First up I began to sort out the library, which hadn’t been in use for fifteen years – it was totally filthy, and the books, the majority of which are in Afrikaans, are decades old. After a bit tidy-up, the library is now functioning, and provides a positive space for the children to come and read, be read to, draw pictures, and generally get a bit of attention and love. I like the level of independence involved in this project, it’s not for those that need to be hand-held, but because of that, it’s a great opportunity for you to get really involved and get your hands dirty (literally!). It’s so rewarding when the children remember you and see the library as a happy environment and you feel you can make a difference, however small.

THANK YOU CORNER To everyone, who is supporting or sponsored to the project. Great thank you to the two lovely sisters from ...., who donated knitted jerseys and beanies, which will go to Baphumulele Aids Orphanage. Thank you to key deposit donations, which made it possible for girls to take part in an afternoon program and get physical education at school. R50 KEY DEPOSIT DONATION R7000 – we raised it again !!!!

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GCU - January Newsletter