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Jan Nero Bazaar

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Last Saturday the Goedgedacht staff got together to run a bazaar in our POP centre at Esterhof/Riebeek Kasteel. The idea was for us to raise money to sponsor a blind local athlete JAN NERO who is trying to qualify for the para-olympics in London in 2012.

A great day was had – fabulous vibe – gym in the street, lots to eat, mountains of clothes for sale and Jan enjoying himself. The little girls had such fun dressing up  in clothes found in the piles. Arn’t they gorgeous.

All clothes remaining were taken through to HELP THE RURAL CHILD shops in Cape Town where they get sold and the profits accrue to our projects.

We had such a lot of fun

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Weekend activities on Goedgedacht farm

Goedgedacht farm was a buzzing place this weekend kicking it off with our 16 – 25 year old youth group called Youth in Construction learning a few hip hop moves from Taytum who has competed in various international, national and regional competitions on Friday evening and although the moves were SO fast that it was very hard to take a good photo I managed to take a few that shows you just how much fun they all had on Friday evening.


On the Saturday we had our annual health day for rural farm workers and their children and this year an organisation from Cape Town called Hanani brought along more than 20 volunteers to provide together with our own Health Carers services like TB information, FAS information, eye-testingbreast cancer information to women and youth, HIV/AIDS counselling and testing, weighing of people, parenting training and many more. The most touching experience for me was walking into a room where many farm workers (both men and women) got their feet pampered by the health volunteers. I found it very difficult to hide the tears because I knew that for each one of them this must have been the very first time that anyone else touched and cared for their feet with so much compassion and love. A huge thank you to Hanani, the Department of Health, Chris Aurette, our farmer next door, our own health volunteers, Marieta and the rest of our Goedgedacht staff whom all made this day possible and enjoyable. Here are some pictures of the day.



The day was not over yet! Despite the very hot temperature our dedicated rugby and netball players played a friendly match on our netball and rugby fields. This was to get both teams into shape for the season which is starting soon. From the look of it they need a few more matches before they are in top form again! Play Eagles, play….



What a weekend on the farm! We are delighted that Goedgedacht can be that space where rural people through our POP programme can come and be happy, healthy, cared for and be loved. We are sure that these services will make a huge difference over time in the lives of people who are too often forgotten.

Thank you for reading this story and supporting our work. We would love to hear from you as well. Please send us yor comments and suggestions and please keep supporting POP.

Lots of love,



Newly appointed prefects from Bosmansdam High School held their annual camp at Goedgedacht at the end of last year. When they left we gave them a Spekboom. These plants have been found to crunch carbon from the atmosphere at a rate faster than any other known plant. We are handing them out to everyone who visits us and encouraging them to grow them and take slips and hand them on to their friends. Its another small thing that anyone can do to help reduce carbon
in our atmosphere.
Here are the pupils with Steve their Spekboom.

Bosmansdam pupils with Steve, their Spekboom


Sport and Health Day for 500 Rural Farm Workers and children

blog, 2On Saturday, 15 August  our Youth in Construction youth group and the visitors from King Edward VI hosted a SPORT AND HEALTH DAY for about 500 rural farm workers and children living on 32 farms in the Riebeeksrivier Valley. The theme for the day was …..the beginning…..(of what you may ask – more Saturdays on farms where farm worker parents and children can experience life’s joys together!) and the main aim was to give everyone involved an opportunity to learn more about HIV/AIDs, TB, receive training in First Aid, indigenous games and sport codes like netball, rugby and soccer. We included a fun run and training on how to ride a bicycle to spice up the day even further. It was great fun watching a seven year old child and some 50 year old adults holding on to the bicycles very tight and too afraid to let go of the handles (not forgetting the smiles of the biggest achievement ever of course!) as they experienced their first ever bicycle rides. This was made possible by our own Community Cycles Project which is based in Riebeek Kasteel.

The day’s festivities took off at the Goedgedacht Amphitheatre where everyone got a chance to get to know more about Goedgedacht’s Path out of Poverty Programme and learnt how to dance the macarina! blog, 3As you can see in the picture there are some of us that still need a lot of practice….When the muscles were warm enough about 250 people hit the gravel road up the Valley to complete the 6km fun run. I decided to join in and to my surprise managed to finish the race (I will not say after how many minutes or hours) while taking blog, 6pictures along the way!  Thanks to Inspector Lategan and his local police officials we managed to avoid all the cows and sheep along the way and completed the race safe and sound.

As Karen Hendricks, the last person to finish the race, came limping into the gate of the Goedgedacht sports arena everyone cheered her on in appreciation of her courage to start and finish the race despite the fact that it was quite uphill and it being her first time participating in a fun run. Well done Karen! You have been a true sport as well as everyone who participated in the race.

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It was a truly magical day for all of us involved and thanks to the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport everyone received two much needed meals (breakfast and lunch) for the day.

blog, 12Our grateful thanks to all our staff, the facilitators of the various sport codes, indigenous games, first aid, bicycle, HIV/AIDs and TB training, all the paticipants, the drivers, caterers, farmers, all our funders, King Eward VI School and last but not least our Youth in Construction youth group for making this day such a huge success.


blog, 14Little Justin told me that he is going to practice very hard till next year to make sure that he finishes alongside me in the fun run next year! I hope to see you next year. When? Where? Keep reading our blog to catch up on all the news of Goedgedacht Trust!

Thanks for reading our blog and please do send us your comments. We would love to hear from you too!

King Edward VI School arrives!

We were very happy when HELEN ELLERBY and CAZ NOYES arrived on Friday, 14 August 2009 with 16 students from Caz Noyes and Helen EllerbyKING EDWARD VI school in Southampton in the UK. This school has visited us emblem of school trip last year as well. As soon as they received their rooms and put their bags down they made their way down to the youth centre where they received a very warm welcome from our group of 35 YOUTH IN CONSTRUCTION members and 8 staff members.

Within moments after this warm welcome the youth centre building was filled with signing, 1young loud voices singing “be the change you want to see in the world” and “what have you done today to make you feel proud.” It was very difficult to get this group of very good singers (me included of course!) to stop so that they could perpare for the following day’s Sport and Health Day for our farm worker community.

After everyone finished off a delicious plate of food and poeding they joined together and made various signs that would be used at the planned Sport and Health Day for Farm workers.making signs, 1

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In no time, the group put together their talents and came up with the most beautiful handmade arrows and signs that were put up the following morning at the Sport and Health Day event. Some of the boys used their power to pump up a few soccer and rugby balls that would be used as well.signs, 1

After such a warm welcoming, delicious food, making signs and receiving instructions for the following day’s event everyone went to bed with a sense of excitement that made it for most of us very difficult to sleep that night.

The group from King Edward VI will be staying with us till Friday, 21 August 2009. We have lots of exciting activities for them and they too came prepared with some very interesting things. Don’t worry, we will definitely keep you posted on how things are going. Please send us your comments. We would love to hear from you as well. Also, thank you for all your support.

Cowbridge on the farm (till we meet again)

cowbridge saying thank youThe week has flown by so quickly and before we knew it it was time to say our goodbyes. We could however not let our visitors leave without teaching them our own POP song called “Be the change” that was composed by a great friend of the farm, Ms. Alyson Thomas who is an English teacher at Cwmtawe School in Wales. Thanks Aly, for giving our youth something that they are now able to give to others.

Youth in Construction saying thank you to Cowbridge

Lewis got everyone involved in painting their hands (and later their faces too!) on a big piece of paper which really summed up the week which was that we started off as two seperate groups coming from totally different backgrounds, but completed the week as ONE group that had to be forced to say goodbye to each other before midnight on the last evening. I think this is exactly what Madiba had in mind when he requested all of us on his 91st birthday to give 67 minutes of our time in service of others and building a stronger, caring, peaceful, loving and compassionate world. This fitted in so nicely with our theme for our youth project for 2009 which is teaching our youth to be “servant leaders”. To end off this amazing week, the young people from both groups gave each other a small gift (see pictures) as a token of their gratitude and newly formed friendships. Of course, we could not let our friends leave without singing “Making Melodies” for one last time! Well done, Ms. Roberts.making melodies

Although we were all very sad to see our newly made friends leave we were comforted by the fact that at least we had the best time of our lives! So, please saying goodbyeMr. Griffiths don’t cry….this is not goodbye it is just farewell. See you again in 2011!

Thank you Mr. Griffiths, Mr. Hopkins, Ms. Roberts, Ms. Booth, Donna, all the students, their parents and the all at Cowbridge school for giving us all happy memories to think about.

With love and much appreciation,

From the Goedgedacht team.






Cowbridge on Goedgedacht farm (continues)

During the week, the group from Cowbridge visited the San centre, Khwa ttu on the West Coast, where they learned all about the San culture. One of our Youth Workers, Niklaas Kok, came back from this trip with stars in his eyes and when asked why he had stars in his eyes his reply was simply “I am definitely a decendent of the San people”. He elaborated on his statement by saying that he never felt like he belonged anywhere till he visited Khwa ttu and met people who look just like him with – as he puts it – very minor differences. Apparently, he was not the only one who was convinced of this fact – Jaco Albertus, our newly appointed Deputy Programme Co-ordinator for the Path out of Poverty Programme, has quietly worked out this fact for himself. Two of our staff members are smiling from ear to ear knowing that they do belong somehwere in this world. Thanks Cowbridge!

We could not let the Cowbridge group come this far and not show them our second Rural POP Youth Centre that is in the almost completed in Riebeek Kasteel. So, we all went over the mountain to have a look at this absolutely beautifully designed building and were met with a broad smile from Oom Kosie who has just moved into the caretaker’s flat to start his very exciting new job as Care Taker of the new building. Dawie Amerika, our Community Cycles (in partnership with the Bicycle Empowerment Network in Cape Town) Project Leader allowed the group to visit his container from which he repair and sells second hand bicycles.Cowbridge visits the new Rural POP Youth Centre in Riebeek Kasteel

Clearly, Mr. Hopkins (see picture) is just as excited as we all are for the doors to open and did not wait for anyone to give him permission to show off his ram shank (hope that spelling is correct, Mr. Hopkins) while the students cheered him on! So, you see there was time to have fun as well. 

In the next blog I will tell you all about our exciting evening programmes that enjoyed together….stay tuned as they say on television!