Shedding light on rural projects

2019-02-20 06:02
PHOTO: andile sitholeThe team and members of the centre (from left) Snethemba Sithole, Pieter Swanepoel, Gugu Skhakhane, Robert Schroeder, Conny Mirswa, and Nokulunga Ngubane.

PHOTO: andile sitholeThe team and members of the centre (from left) Snethemba Sithole, Pieter Swanepoel, Gugu Skhakhane, Robert Schroeder, Conny Mirswa, and Nokulunga Ngubane.

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TWO volunteers from Germany, Conny Mirswa and Robert Schroeder­, have come to South Africa to film a documentary about the organisation Siyabonga Laughing Hearts for South Africa. The organisation is raising funds in Germany for the Greytown Feeding Scheme, Muden Outreach from the Dutch Reformed Church, and Walk in the Light projects.

Founder of the organisation Juli Albrecht was a volunteer from Germany who came to do volunteer work at the Greytown Child and Youth Care Centre, also known as Kinderhuis. Albrecht worked and stayed at the centre where she got to know all the community projects.

Albrecht was inspired by the work done by different projects and she went back to Germany to form her own organisation — Siyabonga­ Laughing Hearts for SA. Mirswa and Schroeder­ said they will support the work of the organisation by filming all its projects.

Siyabonga Laughing Hearts for SA was rolled out in Msinga and the second project, Walk in the Light, assists communities in Pietermaritzburg Townships. Mirswa and Schroeder also embarked on a feeding scheme at crèches in Keates Drift and Muden recently.

“We are working with three crèches — two in Keates Drift and one in Muden. In one crèche there are over 50 children at the moment. The other two have 25 children each. Most of the children in the area are joining these crèches. Teachers are doing a good job to prepare these children for Grade R. We are happy to see this project pay off,” Mirswa said.

According to Mirswa, the documentary will focus on people who are key players in the project.

“It will try to show what the projects are all about and what kind of families are helped; what kind of conditions they are living in; and what kind of people come to the feeding project,” Mirswa explained, adding that the documentary is going to be used mainly to attract more support for the project.

Pieter Swanepoel from the centre said: “I think, from our side, we appreciate the organisation for coming to South Africa. It is always nice to have them here, we really appreciate their kindness and their input in the project. It gives us courage to carry on with our work.”


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