Khayelitsha Academy Blog

Ours is an informal community run care centre that looks after the pre-school needs of the children of Mandela Park, Khayelitsha, who are unable to afford state education. Visit us www.khayelitsha-academy.org

Embrace your inner child

After a fun filled day in the sun, covered in paint and smiles, members of Saratoga, KCA, and SeeSawDo completed the mural for the front of the school… and the pictures say it all! 

Posted 85 weeks ago

Embrace your inner child

We’re painting the Khayelitsha Christian Academy this October

Some of you may remember when Saratoga ran a crowdfunding campaign to clean up the school playground. They had planned to follow that up with a mural, but work-life and weather delayed our plans :( At last we’re all going to get to get our hands dirty and to brighten up the lives of the Khayelitsha Academy kids!

SeeSawDo have created incredible designs for the school, which the community and Saratoga staff get to bring to life!

Here are the front walls that we’re going to paint. The entrance to the church and school are going to really stand out.

Watch this space for pics from the day.

Posted 88 weeks ago

2014 Renovations dusted!

We’ve been busy fixing up the grounds and upgrading our teaching aids and tools.

Take a look at what we’ve achieved!

Posted 93 weeks ago

The good and the ugly

It’s time for an update on what’s happening at the School, and on our scheduled Saratoga mural day.

The good news
We have amazing news to share. Thanks to anonymous donations, and the energy and heart of a charitable local builder, the Church has sufficient funds to start on the planned renovation of the Church and school buildings. Whoop! Thus far, many of internal renovations have been completed and they are in the process of quoting and installing a fence to secure the property. The Saratoga Mural day has been postponed until we have clarity on timing in terms of the renovation. The designs are ready and waiting (look in our FB page for pics), we just need to coordinate with the builders. Watch this space!

On the flip side
Earlier this month, the school found themselves at the centre of a Gang showdown! A gangster hid out on the school property terrifying the children and staff. As a result, we’re looking at ways to secure the property - please let us know if you have any contacts in the fencing trade. 

Only 10 days to go for our playground campaign!
Saratoga’s crowd funding campaign is still active. In Dec we were close to our 2nd milestone of R10k. We’re still sitting at R9,350 and would love to reach our goal of R20,000. Please share with your network, and support this campaign - www.thundafund.com/khayekids

We hope to do a follow-up campaign for storage - bookshelves, lockable cupboards, etc. - for the kitchen, the Church office and the School class rooms. They have stuff lying around and shoved into every corner, which is not ideal. Again, if you have any contacts, please pass them on!

Big thanks to everyone who’s been involved in some way! We’re committed to supporting the Church and School as it embarks on this new renovation phase; meaning there is still a lot that we can do in small ways to help improve the lives of the kids in Khayelitsha. If you have any ideas or would like to get involved in some way, we’d be grateful.

Contact us
Reach out to creative@saratoga.co.za.

Posted 176 weeks ago

Learn Your ABCs & Keep Khayelitsha Kids Active!

We’ve partnered with Saratoga and Thundafund in an effort to secure funding to upgrade the school playground area. Our objective is to improve the overall outlook of the play area and to upgrade the existing jungle gym in support of our active lifestyle goals. 

Visit Thundafund to help us reach our goal: https://www.thundafund.com/khayekids

As our school intake has increased (we now have 46 children), so has the wear and tear on our playground equipment. The existing structure seems to be okay, but the chains and ropes have perished and need replacing. With more kids to keep active, it would be great to add some features to the jungle gym - a roof, monkey rope, a sand pit, swings, even an old boat! If money allows, we’d love to install astro turf in the play area to help green up the very sandy grounds.

How crowdfunding works

We will only receive funds if we make our first milestone (R5,000). Thereafter, we’re able to continue with the campaign in the hopes that we’ll reach our Dream Goal of R20,000. 

In a nutshell, R5k helps with the clean-up, R10k gets our jungle gym upgraded, and R20k allows us to build a community park in the plot adjacent to the school. Which would be amazing!! Visit our page to find out more about how we spend the money.

We’re close to our first milestone - please help us get there! https://www.thundafund.com/khayekids

Posted 186 weeks ago

The future for the Khayelitsha Academy

Architects Robinson Wentworth have put together the proposals for the school, jointly developing the options with the school and the church.

The plans have recently given the thumbs-up by the council for new buildings and upgraded facilities and for the dual use of the existing church for educational purposes. Take a look at the drawings.

We seek to create an active social heart in the centre of the grounds with a large undercover play area which links the existing and proposed components of the school . The new configuration of the school encloses the site from prevailing winds and uses extensive landscaping to shelter and protect the school.

Thanks to Gemma and Mike for all their hard work!

Posted 188 weeks ago

Clean-up day at the Khayelitsha Christian Academy

On Saturday 9 November a group of Saratogans joined the teachers, parents and members of the congregation from Christchurch Khayelitsha in clearing the grounds of the church and school.

The grounds was cleared of rubble and litter in preparation for the playground maintenance planned for next week. Everyone relaxed over boerie rolls after a sweaty and sandy day in the hot sun. 

Thanks to everyone who helped out, it was a great day!

Posted 188 weeks ago

Jungle Gym Campaign

As our school intake has increased (we now have 46 children), so has the wear and tear on our playground equipment. The existing structure seems to be okay, but the chains and ropes have perished and need replacing. With more kids to keep active, it would be great to add some features to the jungle gym - a roof, monkey rope, a sand pit, swings, even an old boat! If money allows, we’d love to install astro turf in the play area to help green up the very sandy grounds.

The importance of physical activity
Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life. Early childhood services, such as ours, have a responsibility to foster the development of good physical activity habits early in life. The benefits of being active for young children are many, including:

  • Promoting healthy growth and development (building strong bones and muscles and improving cardiovascular fitness)
  • Improving balance, coordination and strength
  • Assisting with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills
  • Providing the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem

We have planned a playground clean-up day for the 9 November, in readiness for the 2014 intake. If you’re a handyman or jungle gym expert, please contact TracyG [at] Saratoga [dot] co [dot] za to lend a hand. Or make a donation towards our Playground Fund by depositing into our bank account.

Posted 191 weeks ago

Saratoga stationery drive

In December 2012, Saratoga reached out to staff to raise funds towards stationery for underprivileged kids, raising over R2000 purely from staff donations.

“A combination of the money raised by Saratoga staff, and the further contribution from Saratoga, allowed us to cover the costs of having lovely drawstring bags made up and to buy the stationery to put into each bag.  We were just about ready to deliver the bags when we discovered that the school had grown almost overnight from 30 kids to 46!” enthuses Kari Longman from Saratoga.

After lots of running around and some clever craft work, courtesy of the Empowerment Project, in March 2013 Saratoga CEO, Anthony Robinson and his wife, Lynne, handed over the beautiful Shweshwe stationery bags to 46 ecstatically excited children at the community church in Khayelitsha.

A big thank you to everyone who helped to make these kids’ school days that much brighter! Special thanks to Greg, Kari, Fathima, Janine, Anthony, Balu and Lucian from Saratoga for making this happen.

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Posted 193 weeks ago