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A colourful visit to the ever developing Doornkop crèche

March 2016

The children colouring and making Easter bunnies and baskets. Each class then took it in turns to go on an Easter egg hunt around the gardens. The children colouring and making Easter bunnies and baskets. Each class then took it in turns to go on an Easter egg hunt around the gardens.

On a recent visit from eg employees, the classrooms were in full colour with educational wall charts, pictures and learning materials throughout; all actively used by the children to learn colours, shapes and numbers, as well as how to write their names.

 

eg’s bright welcome continued, as on arrival staff were greeted by the carers in their colourful uniforms in front of the vibrant shelter over the children’s play area. The shelter, provided solely from eg staff fundraising activities, offers protection from the elements so the children can play outside in any weather – rain or shine.

 

Family engagement with the centre has developed immensely due to the ongoing commitment of the carers. The first parents meeting of the year was held in March with over 90 parents and guardians attending. Each child’s details are now kept on file so that any learning difficulties are evidenced for social services. On this visit, eg staff were able to provide additional rugs, which were carefully placed down in the babies room while they were sleeping. Staff also saw the new kitchen area, following a storm that caused flooding to the kitchen. Donations were able to pay for a new roof and worktop, meaning that the summer and winter menus could still be prepared for all.

 

Wendy Cullis from eg commented ‘the children were colouring and making Easter bunnies and baskets. Each class then took it in turns to go on an Easter egg hunt around the gardens which was wonderful to see’. Centre Principal, Namsie Lesito, was pleased to report that 20 of the children that went into primary school last year were commended for their immediate progress. ‘The Crèche is incredibly proud of this as it shows they are making a difference to the learning capabilities of the children and giving them the right foundations for school life’.

 

Doornkop and eg will continue to work together to try to accommodate the increasing amount of children needing the centre and its services which requires an additional classroom. The centre is currently oversubscribed. Other plans for this year include the provision of office furniture for storage and to astro turf the play area.

Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre receive ‘Toys in time for Christmas’

December 2015

The children show off their new toys, courtesy of the Guateng Motorcycle Toy Run The children show off their new toys, courtesy of the Guateng Motorcycle Toy Run

The Children of Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre (DNCC) are pictured excitedly receiving their Christmas gifts, courtesy of the Guateng Motorcycle Toy Run.  

 

eg made the request to the Toy Run to see if DNCC, eg’s chosen charity, could be considered to receive the donation of toys that are distributed across Guatang and were delighted to hear the request had been granted. 

 

All of the toys distributed by the Toy Run are donated by the public and are in great demand by children across Guateng, so it was a fantastic news to know a toy donation would reach the children at Doornkop Creche.

 

The most recent fundraising efforts by eg staff and supporters, including a Bake Off, combined with our annual Operational Excellence client awards dinner, raised enough funds to be able to provide all 145 children of the crèche a Christmas outing activity day.

A new walking frame allows Nobuhle Jessica Buka to move independently without the need of support A new walking frame allows Nobuhle Jessica Buka to move independently without the need of support

Also to benefit from the fundraising is Nobuhle Jessica Buka, a pupil at the DNCC centre who has disabilities, with a walking frame so she can move independently without the need of support, which was donated through charitable giving from eg employees.

 

Wendy Cullis, Training Manager at eg who has worked extensively with DNCC since our first involvement in 2007, was delighted to hear that all 145 of the children got to experience the Christmas outing activity and then receive the toy donation - both valuable contributions to building morale and engaging the children in educational activities.

 

Principal Lekhethe Lesito said “We cannot express all that your help does in words but please know that you are not just changing the lives of individuals but that you are building a community which will produce excellent leaders of tomorrow, and that will lead to a better country. The DNCC Family thank you once more for all that you did for us this year”.

DNCC Enters the Digital Age

June 2015

Since 2007 eg has been supporting our chosen company charity, The Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre (DNCC), to give something back to the community through our presence in South Africa.

DNCC, established in August 2002 and situated in a poverty-stricken area of Soweto, aims to provide 145 underprivileged children between the ages of 0-5 with safety, shelter, clothing, education, nutrition and medical aid from Monday to Friday all year round.

With the aid of eg’s continued support DNCC has seen a number of developments and improvements to its crèche over the past 8 years. Notably the centre has been able to build new kitchen and toilet facilities for the children, extend both the existing classroom and vegetable patch, send the centre’s teachers on educational training courses and provide a climbing frame for the children’s enjoyment.

Wendy Cullis, Training Manager at eg who has worked extensively with DNCC since our first involvement in 2007, recently visited the crèche to deliver funds. She saw big changes to the development of the site and facilities and, most importantly, was delighted to hear that all 145 of the children at the centre remain HIV free.

“Through the most recent fundraising efforts we have been able to fund the crèche to provide training for a further 2 members of staff to improve their caring skills and we were able to provide the centre’s Principal, Lekhethe Lesito, with a laptop for managing the crèche day to day operations and finances.

Funds have also been invested in the crèche premises to make the facilities more secure.

Principal, Lekhethe Lesito said “We cannot express all that your help does in words but please know that you are not just changing the lives of individuals but that you are building a community which will produce excellent leaders of tomorrow, and that will lead to a better country.”

eg has also successfully raised enough funds to provide Nobuhle Jessica Buka, a pupil at the DNCC centre, with a walking frame so she can move independently without the need of support.

eg will once again be holding fundraising events including a Bake Off, combined with our annual client awards gala dinner for Operational Excellence in November, to include a silent auction and online pledging option. 

Please see the pictures from the visit in the gallery and look out for the result of our fundraising in November.

Doornkop continues to grow and flourish in 2014

 December 2014

Wendy Cullis from eg solutions recently visited Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre (DNCC) to deliver the proceeds from recent fundraising events at eg.

 

On visiting the centre Wendy saw big changes in the development of the site and facilities but the most rewarding news is that all 145 children at the centre are HIV free.

 

The main classroom has been extended with a tiled floor. eg provided some new rugs to make it more comfortable for the children. The rugs have already been put to good use as shown in the pictures, during an afternoon break.

 

Other developments at the centre include:

  • Extension to the existing vegetable patch now growing carrots, spinach and lettuce
  • A new climbing frame
  • New kitchen

Over the coming months eg will be raising fund for Nobuhle Jessica Buka. Nobhule is 5 and has mobility issues. We would like to raise funds to supply her with a wheelchair or walking frame so she can move around the crèche independently without the need of support.

 

eg solutions plc will be holding an eg bake off and fundraising at their annual awards ceremony in November with a silent auction and online pledging system.

 

Please see the pictures from the visit in the gallery and look out for the result of our fundraising in November.

Doornkop Christmas Party

December 2013

The Doornkop Needy Children’s Centreheld their Annual Christmas Party at Fun Valley this week.


120 children from Doornkop attended their Annual Christmas party, hosted by eg solutions plc, for fun in the sun. This year the children visited Fun Valley Pleasure Resort where the children worked up an appetite in the paddling pool and play area testing out all the slides, swings and monkey bars.


It is important not only to provide the necessary shelter, clothing and love to the children at The Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre but, as part of their education, to allow them to experience things more fortunate children take for granted.


eg managed to secure over 150 toys from the Gauteng Motorcycle Toy Run charity again this year. The toys were handed out following the food and refreshments provided by Digipos – an additional sponsor of Doornkop. The food was a delicious braai cooked by eg’s Andrew Baker.


eg, principal sponsors of the Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre, provided funding for the transport to and from Fun Valley as well as hire of the facility itself. We would like to thank everyone who has made donations to eg to help raise funds for Doornkop over the last 12 months.

 

See more photos in the Gallery.

Doornkop shelters from the summer sun

Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre (DNCC) has used the monthly donations eg solutions plc to build a new shelter for the children.


The shelter provides the children with some much needed shade from the soaring summer temperatures. Namsie Lesito, Principal of the crèche said “I am very grateful for everyone’s support at eg. The monthly funding helped to raise the money for this shelter.”


The next objective is to make the area more comfortable for the Children, the floor under the shelter is covered in concrete which is uncomfortable for the Children to sit on. Namsie would like to get some washable matting for the area. Please see the photo gallery for more pictures.


On some of the photos you can also see Nobuhle Jessica Buka. Nobhule is 4 and has mobility issues. We would like to raise funds to supply her with a wheelchair or walking frame so she can move around the crèche independently without the need of the carers support.


So far eg have raised £215 from this year’s eg operational excellence® awards where clients from across eg’s client base placed bids on silent auction items and pledged their pounds to support the DNCC.

Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre (DNCC) – eg’s company charity – has used eg monthly donations to build a new shelter for the children.The shelter provides the children with some much needed shade from the soaring summer temperatures. Namsie Lesito, Principal of the crèche said “I am very grateful for everyone’s support at eg. The monthly funding helped to raise the money for this shelter.”

The next objective is to make the area more comfortable for the Children, the floor under the shelter is covered in concrete which is uncomfortable for the Children to sit on. Namsie would like to get some washable matting for the area.

 

On some of the photos you can also see Nobuhle Jessica Buka. Nobhule is 4 and has mobility issues. We would like to raise funds to supply her with a wheelchair or walking frame so she can move around the crèche independently without the need of the carers support.

So far we have raised £215 from this year’s eg operational excellence® awards where clients from across eg’s client base placed bids on silent auction items and pledged their pounds to support the DNCC.

The Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre (DNCC) was established in August 2002 and situated in Snakepark, a poverty stricken area of Soweto. DNCC was set up by two concerned mothers who were aware of the fact that there were many children in need of a crèche facility and care. They approached the community and secured permission to use a local church as a gathering point to look after 160 children.

To find out more on Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre or how you can make a donation contact rebeccagwynn@eguk.co.uk.

- See more at: http://www.eguk.co.uk/news/doornkop-shelters-from-the-summer-sun/#sthash.D71z5HnC.dpuf

Doornkop gets educational

A recent donation from an eg solutions plc staff member has helped to provide some educational and activity books for the Children of the Doornkop Needy Children’s.

 

Andrew Baker and Nols Mbele from eg’s South African office visited the Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre last week to hand deliver the gifts.

 

The gifts provided were designed to suit the age range of the DNCC children and included activity books, sticker books, colouring books and pads, as well as lined exercise books for the older children to use during lessons.

 

Namsie Lesito, Principal of the crèche continues to do a fantastic job for the DNCC. They provide shelter, clothing, education and love to orphans and destitute children from the age of 0–5 years.  Currently around 160 children are in their care. eg decided to support Doornkop after being introduced to their work by the CEO of weekly South African newsletter ‘South Africa – The Good News’ and has since pledged to support the charity in their short and long term objectives

DNCC update

A recent donation from an eg staff member has helped to provide some educational and activity books for the Children of the Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre – eg’s company charity.

 

Andrew Baker and Nols Mbele from eg’s South African office visited the Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre last week to hand deliver the gifts.

 

The gifts provided were designed to suit the age range of the DNCC children and included activity books, sticker books, colouring books and pads, as well as lined exercise books for the older children to use during lessons. Please see more images in the Photo Gallery.
 

Namsie Lesito, Principal of the crèche continues to do a fantastic job for the DNCC. They provide shelter, clothing, education and love to orphans and destitute children from the age of 0–5 years.  Currently around 160 children are in their care. eg decided to support Doornkop after being introduced to their work by the CEO of weekly South African newsletter ‘South Africa – The Good News’ and has since pledged to support the charity in their short and long term objectives.

We are pleased to update you on recent events at the Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre (DNCC), to show where donations and funds raised go towards making a better environment for the children.

 

In the last few months the DNCC have held graduation parties for all the children who will be leaving the centre to move into the South African education system. The donations and fundraising from eg this year have helped to pay for the venue where the graduations were held and also for the transport to and from the centre for the caregivers and children. Without these donations, memorable events such as these would not be able to take place.

 

Through eg’s continued support it allows the DNCC to pay the caregivers stipend (salary) on a monthly basis as without their support the crèche would not be functional – they are key to the development of the children.  Other additional basic provisions have been provided  such as the purchase of paraffin for heaters to keep the children warm throughout this winter. Something we take for granted but is essential for the care and wellbeing of the children.

 

Other donations have come from Nedbank, one of the largest banks in South Africa, who donated clothes to the DNCC.  These were a welcome donation that were distributed to disadvantaged families who were very grateful for the donation.

 

Please see the Gallery for additonal images of the graduation parties and clothes donation.

2013 Doornkop Developments

In March 2012 eg announced a makeover at the crèche where an area had been developed for a vegetable patch to allow the children to learn more about the foods they eat and how to look after the crops. 12 months on they have created a big vegetable garden growing peas, potatoes, cabbage, pumpkin and much more.

 

Namsie Lesito, Principal of the crèche, has also added to the crèche facilities by the building of two new toilets, which were built by the municipality.

eg host Doornkop’s 2012 Christmas Party

eg, princial sponsors of the centre, hosted a Christmas party for the children, an exciting trip back to Johannesburg Zoo for their Christmas party.

 

The children were keen to return to the Zoo this year and eg provided the entrance fees and transport for each and every child and carer.

 

It is important not only to provide the necessary shelter, clothing and love to the children at The Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre, but as part of their education to allow them to experience things more fortunate children take for granted.  For many, the trip to the zoo was a rare occasion to leave their hometown of Soweto and see live animals.  Those who went to the Zoo last year were able to recognise all the different animals as they are getting more familiar with them.

 

The children worked up an appetite on the tour and had an outdoor picnic of HUGE Boerewors sausage rolls.  All the children enjoyed their hot dogs and most went for seconds and thirds!

 

eg were able to get support from the 2012 Gauteng Motorcycle Toy Run charity who have kindly agreed to provide 150 toys for the children’s Christmas presents.

 

The money raised for this year’s Christmas party totalled R14,757 and was raised from a combination of different events including a eg bake sale as well as other donations from clients at the eg operational excellence® awards. Some of this money will also help provide food, clothing and school fees for the children for a year – just £120 per child.

2012 Doornkop Developments

A new play area is now available for the children making the area safer and more accessible. 

 

As you can see, it’s so sunny and bright and the children are doing well – but it’s cold!  You can see some of the children are wearing clothes donated by eg to keep them warm in the winter months.

 

Recent donations have provided a new delivery of e-pap to keep the children full of nutrition and warm as winter takes hold.

Crèche gets a makeover

Our long term objective in support of the DNCC is to either expand the current facilities through land acquisition or purchase a new site as the centre is currently at full capacity and cannot be made any bigger. This will enable the DNCC to register with different departments such as the Department of Welfare and Health and Safety, which will automatically qualify them for benefits to help them sustain what they have achieved so far.

Until this can be arranged we used some of the recent funds raised to improve the facilities and brighten up the crèche. Local residents to the crèche gathered over the Christmas break to give up their time to paint the facilities.

 

We also invested in developing a vegetable patch for the children of the crèche to allow them to learn more about the foods they eat and how to look after the crops.

The Doornkop Needy Children’s Centre

 

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Doornkop
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