While our groundwork is focussed on our community of 6000 people in the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area, we actively seek partnerships with other NGOs, government entities, and corporates to leverage the results of our work for greater impact.
Our focus areas of Education, Health and Nutrition and Sustainable Livelihoods is contributing to the solution for our communities through our ‘Conception to Career’ interventions from health in pregnancy through to the support needed in the vocational stage. We have successfully developed programmes in: health before and during pregnancy, early childhood development (ECD) in the home and healthy growth from birth to 3 years, centre-based ECD and nutrition from 3-6 years, support programmes for primary schools employing excellent online learning schools until Grade 9, vocational opportunities for unemployment youth and income-generating opportunities in small-scale farming. At every stage, we actively seek innovative solutions, appropriate to our remote and rural location that can improve the efficacy of our work.
Through strong partnerships and networks, we have leveraged our work for the benefit of surrounding communities on the Wild Coast, other rural areas such as ours, partner organisations and NGO’s, and have contributed positively to national government policy and corporate development plans impacting on millions of beneficiaries.
Below are some blogs of work that has had a leveraged impact:
- Human Rights and Paralegal Workshop - 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
- Sharing skills and expertise - 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 - 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
- Nation Building Fund - 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
- Bulungula is Building an Impact Database - 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
- iiTablet Tshomiz - 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
- How a Deep Rural Community got an Ambulance - 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.