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 the South African Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Secondly, by understanding the main principles of human rights, it aimed to equip participants to become active citizens who are able to undertake advocacy campaigns that address human rights issues that are important to them. Thirdly, it ...
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 disabilities. They also provide care for pregnant and lactating mothers to whom they offer guidance and advice for a healthy birth and healthy growth from the first days of life. Our Nomakhayas are also trained in Early Childhood Development (ECD) at Home practices: working with ...
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. ...
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 the next three years.
One of the big barriers to farming in our area is that vegetable seedlings are only available in the city which means that if you want to buy R10 of seedlings you need to spend R70 on transport and waste a whole ...
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 at workshops/ playgroups/preschool/afterschool programmes and/or our programmes at the Primary Schools etc.We want to be able to evaluate our data easily, quickly and effectively. We want to know what interventions are working and what's not working and what areas need more attention (we are even ...
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 to school when going to playgroups. They love it.
At the end of the year we gave out 58 certificates for those that will be absorbed in preschools and gift bags for all playgroup children. The aim is to encourage the parents / caregivers to participate and see ...
Community Approaches - Lessons LearntIn October 2016, an ambulance was placed for the first time in Nqileni Village in the Eastern Cape to serve the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area. The ambulance rests on the rolling hills of the Wild Coast waiting for an emergency. At night it is secured in a structure built by the community, it is guarded by community members and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff can rest in a 100% community owned lodge, the Bulungula Lodge. The availability of an ambulance here is a success story. But how the ambulance got here shows a tale of ...
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
Preschool opening in Tshezi(8/29/2013)-On July 18th, a special day in the world – Tata Mandela’s birthday, was marked with the opening of Phaphamani Preschool in Tshezi Village, Elliotdale. The Chief ‘Mama’ No-Ofisi and Inkosi Gwebindlala and two Headmen beat the ice cold weather and graced the occasion. This preschool is one of the four preschools established by the ... READ MORE
Persona doll training(8/28/2013)-The Bulungula Incubator constantly ensures that its staff members are trained and developed to meet the growing needs of their projects. On the 21 – 24 August, the BI has again embarked on Persona Dolls training for their 14 ECD Practitioners and 24 Home -Based Carers. Persona Doll Training is an innovative non-threatening approach which ... READ MORE
Deworming in the preschools(8/28/2013)-As part of the Health and Nutrition project, the Bulungula Incubator funds a deworming programme that takes place twice per year and is implemented in all four pre-schools. All children and staff take a single-dose pill to prevent and treat any existing worm infections. This time a total of 157 people were treated. As is ... READ MORE
Teachers’ graduation(8/28/2013)-We are extremely proud of the 19 ECD teachers, all sponsored by the Bulungula Incubator, who successfully completed an accredited level 4 ECD training and attended their graduation ceremony in Mthatha. Nine of the teachers are from the 4 preschools that are supported by the BI and the other 10 are from Mdumbi. This training is a ... READ MORE
ECD at home(8/28/2013)-Our new project, ECD @ home, funded by the Starfish Foundation, aims to involve parents in the Early Childhood Development of their babies starting from the crucial first days of the child’s life. The plan is first to train our home-based carers in ECD for children aged 0-3 years. They will then train the parents when delivering the age appropriate toys to ... READ MORE
Home-based caregivers in action(7/4/2013)-Last month we followed four of our home-based caregivers while they were doing their regular household visits and observed their work and how people respond to their presence. Our first stop was in Tshezi village, where we visited a disabled lady whose family needs assistance with taking care of her. Our caregiver checks whether she needs ... READ MORE
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”(7/4/2013)-This month’s workshop for the parents was about the importance of books in their children’s lives. The workshop facilitator was Phikiswa, one of the Jujurha Preschool teachers. Phikiswa started by welcoming the parents and explaining that the topic of the day was books and the significance of reading. Most of the parents cannot read themselves or ... READ MORE
Immunization at Jujurha(7/4/2013)-Jujurha Preschool has become a regular immunization centre for the Nqileni children. Nurses from the Primary Health Care clinics let us know when the usual vaccination is due and then visit Jujurha, where during school terms, 60 children can be vaccinated at once. Even during school holidays, Jujurha still functions as an immunization centre as it is ... READ MORE
Mentor Mothers training for our caregivers(6/11/2013)-For two weeks our home based caregivers attended the Mentor Mothers training which is part of the Philani outreach programme. The Philani Health and Nutrition Project is a community-based non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to the protection of the rights of every child to proper nutrition and healthcare in communities where malnourished children and destitute mothers ... READ MORE
ECD training for Mentor Mothers in Zithulele(6/11/2013)-Our collaboration with the Philani outreach programme continues to grow strong with the training exchange that began this month. Jujurha Pre-school principal, Funeka, together with the Education Programme Manager, Lindiwe, spent a week at Zithulele hospital training the Mentor Mothers (MM) on Early Childhood Develpoment (ECD). They started by explaining what ECD is, why it is important for the child ... READ MORE
Mamas make message holders for the Jujurha children(6/11/2013)-Community participation and parent involvement in education is an important aspect of the Bulungula Incubator’s work in the area. Monthly workshops on a variety of different subjects are held for the parents, grandparents or caregivers which aim to encourage participation in the children’s development and education. This month, the workshop was on how to make ... READ MORE
Learning about the ocean(6/11/2013)-Our Grade R children at Jujurha Preschool had another fun lesson learning about the ocean and the creatures that live in it. Most of the children in our area are still afraid of the ocean and cannot swim despite the fact they live next to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Wild Coast. The lesson aimed ... 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.