take pride in your project…
Below are a number of examples of past projects with Sense Africa – just to give you an idea of what we are all about:
Building a resource centre in Tambankulu, 2016
Once again 16 students from St Helen and St Katharine School travelled to Swaziland, this time to build a resource centre for AIDS orphaned and vulnerable children in the area. Many of the children do not have the opportunity to do their homework in the light or with assistance as once home they have other jobs that need to be done first, and by the time there is a window to do their homework it is dark and they have to do this by candle light.
The aim of the resource centre for it be a place for children to come and work in a lit classroom, to be safe and to even get access to computers. With a resident teacher to be there to assist with children and adult development in the afternoons, this place is going to be a wonderful hub of activity for all ages.
Building a Kitchen for Mlindzini High School, 2016
14 students from Abbey Gate College travelled to Swaziland to participate in a really important project of building a kitchen. The old kitchen in fact blew down only 6 days after the new one had been built, so very timely. The cook had been very ill due to smoke inhalation and feeding 80 children on top of a mountain was very difficult over an open fire.
Abbey Gate College is twinned with Mlindzini High School and this will be a long lasting relationship with teachers of Mlindzini already having visited Abbey Gate College. This was very evident with the reception the team got by the teachers, students parents and committee members of Mlindzini, very humbling.
Building a Soup Kitchen in Mgidza Community, 2014
19 girls form St Helen and St Katharine School travelled to Swaziland to build a soup kitchen in Mgidza community. A lady called Sophie had been cooking for 80 children over an open fire in her own homested and it was time to give her some space and somewhere she could cook without inhaling the smoke from the fire. She had been doing this for over a year.
The money the girls raised paid for the whole kitchen and an indoor seating area. It also funded the builders. The girls helped mix cement, lay the bricks, mix plaster, skim plaster on the walls and then once dry, painted the whole building in a day. They also started the pre-school teaching, or which some of the parents attended, and enhanced the social interaction of the children. Such a rewarding experience for all.
Building No2 Pre School Classroom in Njojane, 2014
17 girls form St Helen and St Katharine School travelled to Swaziland to build the second of two classrooms in Njojane community. The children were very excited to see more students from the UK coming to assist them! The girls worked hard in mixing cement, laying bricks, levelling the ground, building the veranda as well as painting the previously built classroom and designing educational murals.
They also played a lot of netball, of which we did not do too well (!) and helped at the feeding station . The team went to church and astounded the locals with their wonderfully harmonious singing. The Swaziland Tourism Authority thanked the girls on behalf of the Kingdom.
Building No1 Pre School Classroom in Njojane Community, 2013
9 students from Abingdon School and St Helen and St Katharine School formed a joint expedition to Njojane to build the first of two pre-school classrooms. The community welcomed the students with open arms and as they stayed on site they became immersed in the teaching and the after school activities as well.
They not only mixed cement and worked on the site for 10 hours a day, they also helped at the feeding station, played football and netball and they also were taught siSwati each evening. The Swaziland Tourism Authority said that they were humbled at the ethos of the students and amazed at their generosity.
Building a Skills Centre at Mayenjane, 2012
19 Students from St Helen and St Katharine School travelled to Swaziland to build a skills centre for women in the Siteki and Lonhlupeko region. This was in conjunction with Christian Family Church of Swaziland. The girls spent 10 days flattening the foundations, mixing cement, laying bricks and generally supporting the builders on site. It was a mammoth project and the ladies who were going to benefit from this project were delighted with the building. The building would also double up as a church on Sundays.
The girls also painted the pre-school classrooms, helped feed AIDS orphaned and vulnerable children and attended a church under the corrugated shelter next to the kitchen.
Building a NCP Kitchen in Shewula, 2010
9 Students from St Helen and St Katharine School travelled to Swaziland to build a National Care Point Kitchen for AIDS orphaned and vulnerable children. This was identified by Shewula community and local women, men and children assisted in the building. The kitchen was built from the foundations upwards and the girls learnt new skills such as mixing cement, plastering, levelling and building with fire bricks.
It was a real community venture and the opening ceremony was extraordinary – over 200 people attended to show their gratitude along with the Deputy Chief of the community.