From choosing the site on 21 June (see post: http://bulungulaincubator.org/2017/06/21/choosing-the-site-for-the-bulungula-college/) to Opening Day on 5 October. Once again the Imana Foods and The Wild Ride Education Company (WREC) had our head spinning with how quickly they got things done! Elangeni Builders, who were contractors for the Folokwe Preschool that Imana and WREC built for us last year, were on site again (see: http://bulungulaincubator.org/2016/08/02/opening-our-imana-wild-ride-preschool/).
The Bulungula College is the most ambitious project of the Bulungula Incubator yet. Using data from the surrounding schools in 2015, we found that approximately 95% of the learners from Xhora Mouth Administrative Area do not ever complete Grade 12. There ...
Our Nomakhayas (Community Health Workers) organise regular workshops for parents who attend our Playgroup Programme with their babies and toddlers. The Playgroup programme is held twice weekly in all four villages and is an important component of our Early Childhood Development (ECD) at Home programme. This week the Nomakhayas presented a toy making workshop, The workshop discussed the importance of learning through play and how to make toys with locally available materials and items that are usually regarded as rubbish. Parents were encouraged to play with their children and learned how important this is for healthy cognitive development, from the ...
In August, Mzuzile Mhlola, who was previously an Assistant Health Programme Manager, took up the exciting task of setting up a new "Vibrant Villages" programme for the Bulungula Incubator. After 10 years, the Bulungula Incubator has made large strides across our 'From Conception to Career" development strategy bringing access to quality services in Education, Health, Sustainable Livelihoods and Basic Services. However, much of what weighs on the youth in under-resourced communities in our country is not just a lack of access to decent education and health facilities but also the dearth of opportunity for the kind of stimulation and excitement ...
The Bulungula Incubator now has a Snapscan account. You can donate instantly using your smartphone, if you have a Snapscan account set-up already. If not, it's quick and easy to set up on www.getsnapscan.com and then you use it for lots of other instant purchases.
Masilime Ngqo! means :"Let us Farm Well!" And they are certainly doing so! Seedling and input sales continue to be good. Excess seedlings are sold at the Tafalehashi pension point and Tafalehashi Store sold 1000 seedlings within minutes.
The Centre had visits from two different Community Based Organisation from the East London region eager to learn how to start a successful nursery. One of these CBOs now has a successful nursery in operation. We have also prepared a toolkit document on how to start your own nursery including contact details for suppliers. We have shared this with local government and hope ...
At Bulungula Incubator, we work hard at keeping up with the latest trends and best practice in teaching and learning techniques. One such programme is High Scope which promotes an “Active Partipatory Learning” approach. Through the High Scope curricula, children learn through direct involvement and hands-on experience with people, objects, ideas and events. Children are encouraged to explore 'real life' objects (not just toys) and choose activities that they are attracted to - the teacher's role is to support, observe and encourage. Prompted by High Scope principles, our teachers have facilitated the children planting and growing their very own little ...
Bulungula is building the Bulungula College! We have had notable success in the early life stages of the programme and are now looking to establish the Bulungula College a leading institution for Grades 10, 11 and 12, applying a pioneering academic approach with the latest available technological solutions that can help to bridge the educational gaps in our underserved areas.
This is an opportunity for you to participate in a complete life-changing programme from the earliest stage of life through to productive vocation. The impact on human flourishing, from conception, of access to good health and education is now well known. ...
First day of school 2018(1/17/2018)-I just never get tired of the first day of school at our preschools, seeing the 3 year olds come to school for the first time. At Jujurha Preschool, where the BI offices are also located, we had only one little one in tears today – everyone else was getting stuck into all the interesting ... READ MORE
IiTablet Tshomiz Toolkit is Featured by CEI(12/7/2017)-In the Bulungula Incubator IiTablet Tshomiz programme we are enhancing the quality of our programme using online learning aids that can improve the quality of the learning experience in under-resourced schools. We are modelling and implementing a replicable “technology for quality education” programme that makes excellent online programmes widely available for a deep rural setting where ... READ MORE
Fixing up the Bulungula Youth Centre(12/1/2017)-In 2008, the Bulungula Incubator built three buildings to house the No-ofisi Primary School, a mud structure that had collapsed. We built a huge hut that was meant as a School Hall, a smaller hut for Grade R, and a rectangular classroom. The buildings were returned to us this year after the new government school ... READ MORE
Bulungula College ‘Prep’ Year(10/16/2017)-After the Bulungula College Buildings were opened on 5 October, the ‘Preparation Year’ classes began in earnest. The current Grade 8s of Xhora Mouth J.S.S are the first group of learners in this inaugural class in which they are being prepared to enter the first Grade 10 class of the Bulungula College when it opens ... READ MORE
Opening of the Bulungula College Buildings(10/5/2017)-From choosing the site on 21 June (see post: http://bulungulaincubator.org/2017/06/21/choosing-the-site-for-the-bulungula-college/) to Opening Day on 5 October. Once again the Imana Foods and The Wild Ride Education Company (WREC) had our head spinning with how quickly they got things done! Elangeni Builders, who were contractors for the Folokwe Preschool that Imana and WREC built for us last year, ... READ MORE
Making Toys from Recycled Materials(10/2/2017)-Our Nomakhayas (Community Health Workers) organise regular workshops for parents who attend our Playgroup Programme with their babies and toddlers. The Playgroup programme is held twice weekly in all four villages and is an important component of our Early Childhood Development (ECD) at Home programme. This week the Nomakhayas presented a toy making workshop, The ... READ MORE
Health Livestock(9/23/2017)-Our Healthy Livestock Project makes much needed anti-parasite and vitamin dosing available for the livestock in the area. The project is self-sustaining as community members pay for the medicines themselves. Anecdotally, farmers claim that breeding rates have increased significantly – we will get more accurate statistics early next year. We also received valuable input from Hannes Rabe, an ... READ MORE
Parent Workshop at Jujurha(9/15/2017)-Parents are actively involved in the Jujurha Preschool through volunteering, managing the Parent Committee and participating in regular workshops. Parent workshops are held bi-monthly, as part of our Parental Involvement Programme. Each ECD practitioner (teacher) prepares a theme or an area of development for the parents of the children in their classes. This month parents participated ... READ MORE
DJ Mzu on Bulungula Radio!(8/31/2017)-In August, Mzuzile Mhlola, who was previously an Assistant Health Programme Manager, took up the exciting task of setting up a new “Vibrant Villages” programme for the Bulungula Incubator. After 10 years, the Bulungula Incubator has made large strides across our ‘From Conception to Career” development strategy bringing access to quality services in Education, Health, ... READ MORE
Snap to donate instantly!(8/21/2017)-The Bulungula Incubator now has a Snapscan account. You can donate instantly using your smartphone, if you have a Snapscan account set-up already. If not, it’s quick and easy to set up on www.getsnapscan.com and then you use it for lots of other instant purchases.
Masilime Ngqo!(8/15/2017)-Masilime Ngqo! means :”Let us Farm Well!” And they are certainly doing so! Seedling and input sales continue to be good. Excess seedlings are sold at the Tafalehashi pension point and Tafalehashi Store sold 1000 seedlings within minutes. The Centre had visits from two different Community Based Organisation from the East London region eager to ... READ MORE
High Scope for ECD(7/7/2017)-At Bulungula Incubator, we work hard at keeping up with the latest trends and best practice in teaching and learning techniques. One such programme is High Scope which promotes an “Active Partipatory Learning” approach. Through the High Scope curricula, children learn through direct involvement and hands-on experience with people, objects, ideas and events. Children are ... READ MORE
Human Rights and Paralegal Workshop(6/29/2017)-Over the last four days the Bulungula Incubator’s Tess Peacock has been running a Basic Human Rights and Paralegal Workshop. The Bulungula Lodge generously hosted us and we had 25 participants from nine different organisations all along the Wild Coast present! The aim of the workshop was three-fold. First, it aimed to introduce participants to ... READ MORE
Satellite Preschool for Folokwe Village(6/28/2017)-Our excellent home based care team noticed that there were a few children who were not attending preschool at all due to the vastness of Folokwe Village. The distance to Masiphathisane Preschool was just too far for their parents and caregivers to be able to bring them to school. The children continued to attend our ... READ MORE
Hope WW Parent Workshops(6/21/2017)-Since 2009, when we opened the first preschool at the Jujurha Education Centre, the BI has prioritised parental involvement in our Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programmes. Since then we have continue to offer regular workshops in a range of topics including: “You are Your Child’s First Teacher”, “ECD in the Home”, “Making Toys from Recycled ... READ MORE
Choosing the site for the Bulungula College(6/21/2017)-The Xhora Mouth Administrative Area community are donating all the land that is needed for our new highschool, the Bulungula College. And once again, we are very very lucky to have the support from from WREC (Wild Ride Education Company) and Imana Foods for all the buildings! The site of the school has been scoped out ... READ MORE
New Uniforms for Nomakhayas(6/20/2017)-Our Nomakhayas (Home based care) workers received new uniforms this month 🙂 Our Home based care programme has been running since 2011 and it continues to provide excellent care to our community. The Nomkhayas support all households in the community who need assistance. They care for the infirm, elderly, chronically ill, and people living with ... READ MORE
June 16 Sports Day(6/16/2017)-The youth of the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area organised their annual June 16 Youth Day Sports Tournament again this year. The Tournament was started by Bulungula Lodge in 2012 and has since been supported by the Nqileni community, trading stores in the area, and the Bulungula Incubator. The tournament is open to the youth of ... READ MORE
Bulungula College(6/15/2017)-Bulungula is building the Bulungula College! We have had notable success in the early life stages of the programme and are now looking to establish the Bulungula College a leading institution for Grades 10, 11 and 12, applying a pioneering academic approach with the latest available technological solutions that can help to bridge the educational ... READ MORE
Sharing skills and expertise(6/12/2017)-An important spoke of the Bulungula Incubator strategy is to share actively our experiences, lessons learned, and skills developed with other NGO’s and communities wherever possible. When approached by a neighbouring community to help them set up a preschool of their own, we were happy to help. The workshops have been run by Funeka Jija, ... READ MORE
Bringing hearing tests to our villages(5/28/2017)-Through Innovation Edge (http://innovationedge.org.za/), an organisation that invests in inventive ideas for early childhood development, we were connected with Hearscreen (http://www.hearscreen.com/). Hearscreen have developed a smartphone application that can be used in combination with a specially designed set of earphones for hearing testing. In the past, hearing tests could only be done in a testing ... READ MORE
Power partnership with Afrikatikkun(5/15/2017)-The Bulungula Incubator has long had a relationship with Jean Elphick of Afrikatikkun, who lived and worked at our local hospital Madwaleni for a number of years. Jean completed a PhD in the topic area of caregivers of children living with disabilities. Afrikatikkun’s work is focused in ECD centres around the townships in Johannesburg and ... READ MORE
Siyakhula – We are Growing!(5/10/2017)-Our work with the grade 1s and 2s has settled into a good rhythm. The children have developed good relationships with their allocated facilitator and remain very excited about iiTablet Tshomiz. Plus our classroom is looking great! Over the past month we have been adding grades 3 and 4 onto our iiTablet Tshomiz programme at ... READ MORE
Nation Building Fund(4/13/2017)-The National Development Plan (NDP) is the blue print for Government’s nation building initiatives. The Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) has 14 outcome measures to assess Government’s contribution to the NDP. Of which outcome 14 is a crosscutting outcome that requires the different government departments and public entities to contribute towards social cohesion and nation ... READ MORE
Happy cows!(4/6/2017)-The heritage of our region and people is closely tied to the farming of livestock. In South Africa as a whole, the poorest communal areas are home to half the cattle in the country worth almost R50 billion. Yet low birth rates and high death rates mean that communities like ours are not seeing their ... READ MORE
Launching the new Bulungula Centre for Excellent Small Scale Agriculture(4/6/2017)-In February this year, the BI began an exciting new project with support from the German fair trade company Lemonaid & ChariTea. The aim of this project is to be a resource in our community where farmers can get advice and the necessary to equipment and inputs to significantly boost farming in our area over ... READ MORE
Bulungula is Building an Impact Database(4/4/2017)-Just last month we hosted some of the Hex team (Hexagonal) who are working on the Bulungula Incubator’s online database. We currently collect a lot of data about our community. For example, population size, gender, weight at birth, born at home/at the clinic, HIV rates, TB rates, chronic conditions, treatment adherence, breastfeeding rates, malnutrition, attendance ... READ MORE
Afterschool Programme(4/3/2017)-We have seen an increase in attendance of learners for our afterschool programme, since we applied the afterschool programme curriculum that we were trained for recently. Learners come in their numbers to do different activities that are fun but educational. We develop lifeskills such as self-esteem, critical thinking, rebelliousness, empathy and creativity through reading stories ... READ MORE
iiTablet Tshomiz(3/31/2017)-Want to know how to run a successful online technology programme in a remote rural area? Follow the progress of iiTablet Tshomiz to learn how. Technology has the potential to radically reinforce and support what’s being taught in the classroom – and when it comes to technology, our rural areas should be prioritised and not ... READ MORE
ECD level 4 graduation(3/16/2017)-The Bulungula Incubator ECD Programme ensures that children receive quality education at an early stage. Children need to be developed holistically by qualified practioners. Is is with this background that our practioners are trained in ECD NQF Level 4. Five practitioners from our preschools received their NQF LEVEL 4 Certificates. We are proud to say ... READ MORE
Every Word Counts Training(3/3/2017)-We trained our teachers from all four preschools and Home Based Carers (HBCs) on Every Word Counts. This is a programme that uses 6 different books to train teachers and HBCs on methods of children stimulation from birth to 6 years. Talking, reading and playing with a young child at an early age are the ... READ MORE
2017: Health Update(2/17/2017)-Playgroups Learning through playing is happening twice a week at all sites. In our 5 playgroup sites the minimum daily attendance is 15 -20 children and there are some sites that their attendance is outstanding where you get 30 children and over. The children enjoy playing and they will tell you that they are going ... READ MORE
How a Deep Rural Community got an Ambulance(12/15/2016)- For the first 20 years of democracy, section 27(3) of the Constitution – the right that no one may be refused emergency medical treatment – has been a lie to the people of the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area in the Eastern Cape.
Technology for Quality Education: “IiTablet Tshomiz”(12/14/2016)-In September 2016, we began the rollout of an online interactive mathematics teaching and learning programme called MathsBuddy at one of the four primary schools, Xhora Mouth JSS, that we work with in the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area. The programme is being implemented in partnership with the school and has the support of the Principal, ... READ MORE
Annual Report 2015(12/14/2016)-We are particularly proud of our 2015 Annual Report as it is our first one to be published in both English and Xhosa. It includes a summary of our latest projects as well as our audited financial statements for the period. You can download an electronic copy of the English version here: Annual Report 2015 ... READ MORE
A Real Opportunity to Help(10/4/2016)-Imagine if, on your way to work this morning, you saw a burning building with a child in it whose life you could save with little cost or risk to yourself. Imagine how you would feel about yourself, how your friends and family would feel about you doing this heroic act. Would you do it - of course you would, no question: save a child's life with no risk to yourself? Of course. Even there was some risk, many of you would probably take the chance anyway.
A healthy success!(10/3/2016)-After 3 years of hard work by the Bulungula Incubator, Section 27, the community, and government, the community of the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area finally got an ambulance service.
Wifi Network Expert, Volunteer Needed!(9/27/2016)-We are in desperate, urgent need of an expert in wifi-networks and internet connectivity. We can offer a free stay at the award-winning Bulungula Lodge 🙂
Tablets, Laptops Please!(8/30/2016)-We are looking for donations of new or secondhand tablets and laptops for our Mathsbuddy programme.
New volunteers for Sports(8/25/2016)-We're very excited to welcome Felix and Mara who are the new volunteers for this programme for the year. Now that this programme is running well we are looking to roll it out to other schools in the area.
Imana Wild Ride drinks table(8/4/2016)-After the opening ceremony at the preschool on 1 August, our teachers and learners wanted to thank the Imana Wild Riders. They had the perfect opportunity on the 2 days of the ride that followed.
Getting Arty(6/15/2016)-We were very lucky this year to have a visit by a London-based artist Eugene Power. Eugene is an old friend of Bulungula, having done some lovely murals at the Lodge a few years ago.
Playgroups(6/1/2016)-Great news about the playgroups!
New Volunteer Position(5/16/2016)-We are looking for a volunteer artisan who has one or more of the
following skills: carpentry, metalwork, natural building, organic farming, basic plumbing and electrical, general DIY skills
Help for our dogs!(10/23/2013)-Although the main focus areas of the Bulungula Incubator are: Education, Health & Nutrition, Sustainable Livelihoods and Basic Services, we welcome volunteers who offer help with small projects for which there is a need in the area and which we are able to organise within our programmatic schedule. We have just been offered the assistance ... READ MORE
The Start of the Bulungula Incubator
Our work in the area began with the establishment of the Bulungula Lodge in 2004 (www.bulungula.com) on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. The Lodge is community owned, Fair Trade accredited, and uses renewable energy, composting toilets and harvests sustainable rain and ground water sources. In 2007, an appeal to previous guests of the Lodge seed funded our NGO, the Bulungula Incubator, which we established in 2007 to address the challenges of rural poverty in our community while promoting and preserving the positive effects of the traditional African lifestyle and culture.