Current Projects

Auldearn

  • Community Hall & Recreation Centre – Having a well-kept and equipped community hall benefits everyone in the community. It firstly gives everyone a sense of pride and sets the tone and standard for the houses on the farm. One of our aims with all our Waitrose projects is to motivate people to go beyond what they think they can do and actually reach their full potential. Our Hall is the centre of the community life. A place to gather for relaxation, a place where decisions affecting their future and quality of life are made, a place to show off their talents and skills and a place to learn new things.
  • Piggery – This project is to raise and sell pigs. The sale of the pigs will make the project sustainable after a year, so no further funding will be required. They will be able to sell the pigs for R3000 a pig x 6 pigs x 2 lots = R36 000. The benefits to the participants are that the men spend their evenings in a constructive manner and gain much reward for their efforts. Children on the farm will benefit from the profits in the form of an education fund.
  • Youth – With the obvious development and contentment of the pre-school children on the farm due to the successful crèche project, the community felt the next logical step would be to focus on the school going children. A year program has been worked out including games evenings, a day time dance, a camp outing during the long June/July holiday and an environmental walk. The youth will also put on a concert at the end-of-season (oes -af) braai and one at the crèche’s Dec Year end.
  • Bee Hives – The bee project proposes to buy 16 bee hives from Auldearn Farm. These hives therefore become the property of the bee project. The project will then hire these hives back to the farm during the pollination period. The honey that is taken from the hives will be put into pots and sold. The beauty of this project is that there is not much work involved.
  • Crèche – By being in a crèche the kids are learning so many things. They learn routine and discipline and respect for others. They learn work ethic and hygiene as well as the mental and physically development required to perform well in school. And as young as they are, they go home and teach their parents and families the values they are learning in the crèche.
  • Womens Club – 15 – 20 Women have the opportunity to set up their meeting place at a new facility and ensure that their crockery, cutlery etc is out of the community hall and that they have greater control over it. They also plan to expand their catering business.
  • Aftercare – 10 – 15 students already receive a measure of support from the crèche facilitator. This project will set up a permanent room for and formalise the after school care programme that can contribute to the improvement of the farm children’s academic performances.
  • Wood – The project with 8 – 12 men is progressing well. They are developing the culture of investing a portion of the profits in projects such as donations towards a colleague who participated in the Comrades Marathon as well as the transport to the Eastern Cape of 3 workers who could not afford the expense. They need to buy their own chainsaw as the loan agreement they have with the farm cannot support the growth in demand.

Boomerang

  • Crèche/Community Centre –  The Community Centre gives workers a facility where they can spend their lunchtimes as well as host small group functions. The crèche project that was started to serve 12 – 15 farm community  children, also shares some space in the centre. It provides a safe and educational environment where the children receive care and a basic education while their parents are working on the farm.

Crookes Brothers

  • Playground Equipment – Play/Fun Activities are important and necessary for the development of children, especially when structured and in a safe environment. At least 30 – 40 children on the 3 units will benefit from the Jungle Gyms that will be erected at the crèches and community areas. It will create opportunities for children’s motor skills to be developed and provide safe spaces on the farms. Parents/Workers will also benefit indirectly from this project as they will know their children are safe and developing key skills while playing.

Dennegeur

  • Community Centre – Currently we do have a crèche but the crèche is on one of our other farms. Our main goal is to have a community centre on the production premises. Then the crèche is near, breastfeeding moms can breastfeed during breaks, children are near the clinic and we don’t have to transport them. The building will be build so that we can extend it in the future because our school children have a huge need to have an aftercare/info centre where they can get help with homework or do projects. We want to have pc’s available and books, with a tutor. We can also run our ABET program from here. We will just move the clinic from the current office to the centre.
  • Youth Project – The cooking skills programme for 15 – 20 young people has been approved but could not be implemented due to delays with the upgrade of the building and the kitchen. The renovation is nearing completion and we can therefore start this component that will offer youth the necessary life skills and diversity in the youth programmes on the farm. Another new and interesting component to the youth programme will be the Music Skills Development with the Arts Department of the Elgin Learning Foundation in Grabouw. This programme will offer the opportunity for 20 – 30 young people to develop their music skills and participate in local competitions.
  • Aftercare, Training & Clinic Services – The centre will give 30 – 40 children access to a facility where they can do their homework and projects. A small library will also encourage them and their parents to read. We are planning to develop the centre into a Media Centre. The clinic will move from its current location to the new building, resulting in all the current community services being offered ‘under one roof’. The centre will also be used for training programmes for workers/parents.

Monteith

  • Daycare – Providing day care services that are aimed at contributing to the physical, intellectual and social development of 25 – 30 children. These services should improve the children’s levels of school readiness
  • Aftercare – The Aftercare centre will provide skilled teachers that can help the 30 children with homework while they are in a safe and enriching environment and do life skills together with other educational activities. The ANNA Foundation will assist us with the 3 R’s “Reading, Running, Righting” Programme. Through it we aim to provide children with much needed literacy and numeracy assistance, encourage a love for all kinds of sports and healthy lifestyle as well as teach children how to integrate values into their day to day lives.
  • Chess – The chess project will involve 20 – 25 children and interested adults. The number of adults is increasing as they are inspired by the impact the club has on their children and as they recognise the value of the game. The classes are once a week. The plan is to also improve the current chess programme by presenting different ways of teaching and learning chess.
  • Sport Development Project – The project will sport as a vehicle to provide members of the community with the opportunity to develop and grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. ± 100 community members (adults and youth) will be involved in Rugby, Netball, Soccer and other recreational activities. Life Skills Awareness and development processes will form part of the projects.

Remhoogte

  • Community Training Programme – The committee and community have agreed to follow an education strategy to contribute to community development. The training will target the Parents (40), Youth (20 – 30) and Children (20) and the topics will include Parenting Skills, Sexuality for Teens as well as Sport and Hygiene for the Youth and Children.

Vergelegen

  • Créche – The aim is to contribute to the welfare and development of children on the farm. Providing day care for the children of farm workers is a very important service that allows mothers to continue their work and give them peace of mind. The project will care for babies till preschool age and contribute to school readiness of grade R learners. The service will include a structured daily programme and 3 meals per day.
  • Clinic – The clinic sister visits the farm once a week to take care of the general health of the farm workers and its community. This involves the physical, emotional and social health. Critical illness such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Family planning and sexual transmitted diseases etc. Medicine for critical illness is obtained from the Day hospital; other medicine such as cough medicine, antibiotic etc is bought from the project’s money.
  • Project Facilitation/Coordinator – The purpose of this project is to coordinate and manage the current projects and support the worker community to sustain the projects for the future. The scope of facilitation includes reporting monthly to the workers committee on the projects progress; ensure implementation and monitoring of current projects. The project coordinator will facilitate the aftercare programme.
  • After Care and Holiday Programmes – After school care can contribute significantly to the academic progress of the 30 primary and high school students on the farm. The project will endeavour to provide the necessary safe environment  and expertise to assist them with school projects and homework. The Holiday Programmes will maintain their involvement in the support programmes but with focus on recreation, fun and different skills development opportunities.

 

Past Projects

Boomerang

  • Community Fun Day – The main aim of the project is to provide the farm workers and their families with a fun day off to relax and socialize with each other. The specific objectives are to allow them to make use of the community hall as well as the Boomerang grounds while being social with one another. The methods utilised will be to involve the community by creating committees to organize games and activities for children and adults. Targets will be met by communication, careful planning, execution of tasks and efficient management.
  • Créche Upgrade – The 1st phase of the project will be the renovation of the existing crèche facility and the upgrading of the play ground as well as ensuring proper training for the crèche facilitator.
  • Recreational Hall Upgrade – The recreational hall will provide the community with a space where they can spend quality time and also use it for other social events. Staff will be able to entertain themselves by playing darts, dominoes and watching television.

Monteith

  • Literacy/Numeracy Programme – The education and community development project was initiated in 2009 to address the educational and social development needs of both youth and adults on the Monteith Farm. The lack of coherent support structures for youth on the farm, the challenges facing families have a direct impact on the functioning of the learners at school. This project seeks to build the resilience factors on an individual, family and community level. The project  also build the capacity of the local youth and adults to design and facilitate social development initiatives on the farm. The project seeks to empower the youth to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. Currently only 10% of the youth on the farm is functioning on their grade level, the rest or most of the other children is functioning below their grade level.  Through this process the project aims to restore the education, social and moral values that impact on the development of the self and dignity of individuals, and in the process the overall development and progress of the community.
  • Medical Clinic – Our staff does not receive adequate care at the clinic in town due to the huge numbers making use of the service. They also lose a lot of time travelling and waiting there for the whole day. Our workers will receive a better health service if we have our own clinic on the farm.
  • Hearts of Women Mentor Project – The community focus will see the implementation of a mentor project dealing with the challenges that women in particular, face with what it means to be women and mothers. This programme will see women being developed to provide a mentoring role for many of the girls that struggle with the challenges of growing up in single parent, father absent homes.
  • Hearts of Men Mentor Project – The community focus will see the implementation of a mentor project dealing with the challenges that men in particular, face with what it means to be men and fathers. This programme will see men being developed to provide a mentoring role for many of the boys that struggle with the challenges of growing up in single parent, father absent homes. 
  • Providing Sporting Equipment to soccer team – There are 16 players who need new equipment.
  • Building basic sport facilities for school children on the farm – There are 150 children on the farm. The current sport facilities consist of two football fields. The children have requested (via the parents committee) for 3 cricket bowling nets and 1 netball/tennis court. Our desire is for the children on the farm to develop optimally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Sport is an amazing tool in helping children develop both physically and emotionally. At the moment we do not have the necessary amenities to facilitate this development and so the netball courts and cricket nets will be of great help. The benefits to the participants is giving each individual a fair chance to develop physically and to experience the dynamics of participating in a team sport. Some of the children also have obvious sporting talents and we would like to give them the opportunity to develop these talents.
  • Equipping the existing farm community hall to host the after school activities (help children with school work, youth clubs for girls, Hearts of Men project)  – We have the opportunity to impact and add significant value to the lives of 150 primary and high school children that are living on the farm. We will do this through a number of projects aimed at addressing the most pressing needs (life skills and academic). We will need the necessary equipment (hardware) to facilitate this process like a television set, overhead projector, tables and chairs.
  • Community Development Project – The project seeks to bring together the residents of Monteith in the hope of bridging the gap between school and community. Through this process the project aims to restore the social and moral values that impact on the development of the self and dignity of families and in the process the overall development and progress of the community.

Remhoogte

  • Adults Life Skills Training – The project is intended for 30 adults to influence their attitude and thinking to positively impact on relationships in families. The adults will be monitored for six weeks after the training.
  • Youth Program – The project is a continuation of an existing youth project with an extension of life skills training during school holidays. The youth will be mentored for six weeks after the holiday programme to determine the impact of the training.
  • Training Centre – The idea is to use the premises for all community after hour activities such as: Women’s Groups, Church Groups, Youth Groups, Social Upliftment Talks and Recreational Activities such as Darts etc. During the day, after school, it will also serve as an after school care facility where the children, under supervision, can work and play. The computers that we are hoping to install will also enable them to work on school projects. This will especially be useful in our long winter months.
  • Créche Educators and Facilities – The crèche on Remhoogte Boerdery has two permanent employees. During the harvesting season the number of children enrolled increases and makes it difficult for them to cope. the need is there to employ an additional lady to assist them during these 3 months. The existing “Jungle Jim” is made of steel which is starting to rust and is also rather dangerous if the children fall – want to replace this with a wooden structure.
  • Garden Project – The community want to raise funds so as not always having to rely on the employer when money is required for certain things e.g. a Christmas party for the children. There are a number of keen gardeners who want to start a garden so as to supply fresh vegetables to the crèche and community at reduced prices and also to surrounding farms.
  • Seasonal Workers – Recreational Acitivities – Remhoogte Boerdery employs ± 350 seasonal workers during the picking season of February to May each year which we accommodate on the farm. The seasonal workers are coming from all over the country and are away from their families during such time and have nothing to do during the week-ends which resulted in alcohol abuse etc which then results in very low productivity.
  • Strategic Planning Workshop – The aim and objectives of the workshop was to develop a roadmap for sustainable community development. It entailed the formulation of a vision, mission and strategic objectives, doing a comprehensive situational analysis and introducing a value system for intervention. 28 members of the community compromising youth, retired people and permanent workers were identified to attend a strategic planning workshop.

Witzenberg

  • Créche/Aftercare Centre – Our aim of the project is to build a new centre for the crèche and aftercare on Dennekruin. Our facility is too small to accommodate the 20 – 30 children and the building is very old. The aftercare is also using the old building which is not secure and is therefore a target for breakins and theft. The first phase was completed in 2013. The 2nd and 3rd phases will be completed in 2014 and 2014.
  • Culture & Fun Days – The aim of this project is to develop a culture of self development within the farm community. Also to expose the seasonal workers to places and experiences they did not have the privilege or opportunity to enjoy yet.
  • Arts & Crafts – Women on the farm do not have a leisure activity like the men, who have soccer and rugby codes for their benefit. The arts/crafts project will give 20 – 30 women the opportunity to develop these skills that they are interested in.
  • Community Centre Floor (Die Eike) – The community centre is every day in use. Afternoons on weekdays it is our Aftercare centre and after work hours and weekends our community uses it. The floor is not in a very good condition and we want to put vynil tiles on it.
  • Sports for the Adults – To improve the sport facilities for the adults on the farm, get spotlights at the multi-purpose court to practice after work hours and to get a converted container for a changing room next to the field.
  • Aftercare Centres (Equipment) – We opened an aftercare with only the basic furniture for our children from Grade R to Grade 7 on Die Eike and Dennekruin. We need equipment for arts & crafts, sport equipment, entertainment equipment and kitchen equipment.
  • Education & Training – We want to give the community an opportunity on an educational course for the people who weren’t able to finish school when they were younger. ABET: Adult basic education and training is the general conceptual foundation towards life long learning and development. Although only several of the farm workers have computers at home we want to give them a basic computer course to teach and inspire them to invest in their own computer. Die Eike school offered to give their computer centre and facilities for us to make this project possible.
  • Equipping of Créches – The community identified the need to equip the crèches with educational appliances/equipment. We also identified the need for good quality cot mattresses and sheets.
  • Building of Multi Purpose Tennis Court – The community/school identified the need for the project. Currently the school can’t host any visiting netball teams as they don’t have any netball facilities. The new court that will be used for netball, tennis, volleyball and basketball, will provide healthy entertainment for the community throughout the year.
  • Strategic Planning for the communities of Witzenberg Properties – There is little participation from workers or worker committees at any level of decision making or interaction between management and their workforce. Workers therefore could not add much value in terms of identifying possible projects/problems for workforce projects. The strategic planning/training will address the lack of understanding with regard to the function and objectives of the workforce and their committee. It will also educate members about their role and interaction/communication between the community and management. It should create a more effective platform for the workforce to represent them, while it will be in the same time a platform for management to initiate participation and involvement from the workforce.
  • Academy of Discipline – Bringing discipline education and the art of karate to the farm workers. Enabling a previously disadvantaged group of people to study the Martial Arts, via a program that encourages students to develop values, this being integrated into the set of courses and activities of local farming estates.