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Bulungula Coronavirus Response: A Comprehensive Catch Up and Updates

On Sunday, March 15th, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the National State of Disaster. With the news, we began to work on a strategy to protect our communities. Immediately, through meetings and pamphlets, we implemented an information dissemination campaign for all staff (190 employees) across the Bulungula Incubator projects. Most importantly, with the support and advice of local traditional leadership, our communties, and infectious disease specialists, we outlined a Safe Home Venue Strategy for protecting the elderly and most vulnerable (those with pre-existing health conditions including TB, HIV, and heart conditions) in our communities. A week later, on Monday, March 23rd the ...

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Bulungula Coronavirus Response

The Bulungula Incubator is located in one of the poorest and most remote regions in South Africa with no access to running water, electricity, healthcare, or adequate road infrastructure. Furthermore, we have a high concentration of persons with chronic illnesses and compromised immune systems, that make them particularly vulnerable to the Coronavirus. Following the announcements and directives issued by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 15 March, the Bulungula Incubator implemented the following immediate strategies: Engagement with key stakeholders: management and staff, traditional leadership, community members, funders, and partners Education of management on the COVID-19 Coronavirus, its effects and the appropriate response, ...

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Performing radio show at the Bulungula Radio Station!

Bulungula College Job Skills Programme

Prior to the opening of Bulungula College, the nearest high school was 30km away, with no affordable transport avaible. Because of the limited access to secondary education, there was a 95% learner drop-out rate after grade 9. With a local unemployment rate of 93%, uncertainty for young people to build dependable livelihoods deepens. Bulungula College works with parents, teachers, and the Department of Education to strengthen local government feeder schools to ensure that all learners benefit from a quality education and reach theirr full potential. At Bulungula College, we beliebce that educated and well-cared for children will carry families out ...

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Give A Wave participant collecting trash.

Waste Management Projects

From December until March, the government has extra money for job creation, and reached out to the Bulungula Incubator to create local employment opportunities. Starting in December, our pick-up project has employed 52 local community members to collect garbage from near and surrounding areas. Monday thru Friday, each employee must collect 2 garbage bags full of trash.  We are excited for this initiative, and hopeful that the dedication of picking up trash will continue after March. Currently in our community, there is zero trash removal service of any kind, a lack of basic environmental understanding, paired with the fact that the most accessible food items ...

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Siybanonga National Book Week in Bulungula!

We had the pleasure of hosting Siyabonga National Book Week at our four schools (No Ofisi, Melibuwa, Nguberhamba, Xhora Mouth). National Book Week (NBW) is South Africa’s official reading awareness week to celebrate literature. In a study, NBW found that only 14% of South Africans read books, and 58% of households do not own a single leisure book. NBW aims to increase the joy of reading by increasing access to books in communities across South Africa. In partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, Mbhashe Municipality, the Jalamba Judicial Council, and South African Book Development Council, we had poets, story ...

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Give A Wave learner practicing yoga before a surf sesh!

Mindfulness in Bulungula

Mindfulness.. the psychological practice of self-awareness to ground in the present moment in order to create ease of mind. Mindfulness promotes a positive mindset, enhances focus, facilitates clarity of the mind, increases empathy and kindness, improves confidence, and eases stress. At Bulungula we have introduced mindfulness in our many different spaces to keep us happy and practice some self-love! When Do We Incorporate Mindfulness?! Here at the Bulungula Incubator we offer ‘Midday Mindfulness’ sessions to recenter during the workday in order to increase energy, improve concentration and focus, and alleviate the common pain of desk work. Just a brief 15 minute session before lunch and ...

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Imana Wild Ride 2019

Once again we had tons of fun welcoming the intrepid Imana Wild Riders to our shores: 'out there alone, racing the tide'! Our little preschoolers kept them going on the Haven - Coffee Bay leg, offering water and drinks after the big Xhora River crossing. DJ Mzu spun some Maskanda tunes and turned the day into a bit of a party! The Wild Riders were then treated to an update presentation on the Bulungula College, for which they generously provided school buildings. The Bulungula College Choir sang beautifully, bringing tears of appreciation from the crowd. Thank you Imana Wild Riders, ...

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  • Bulungula Coronavirus Response: Recap Video (6/12/2020) -
  • Bulungula Coronavirus Response: Bulungula Community Radio (6/5/2020) - In the age of accessible information, media has played a unique role in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Quick communication has allowed us to mobilise, keep ourselves safe and isolated, while also keeping socially connected. While it has played an important and positive role in responding to the health crisis, it has also highlighted ... READ MORE
  • Bulungula Coronavirus Response: Food Relief (5/20/2020) - According to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the COVID-19 pandemic could almost double the number of people suffering from acute hunger around the world, pushing it to more than a quarter of a billion by the end of 2020. Food insecurity already exists within our communities, and these challenges are amplified by the COVID-19 ... READ MORE
  • Bulungula Coronavirus Response: A Comprehensive Catch Up and Updates (5/7/2020) - On Sunday, March 15th, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the National State of Disaster. With the news, we began to work on a strategy to protect our communities. Immediately, through meetings and pamphlets, we implemented an information dissemination campaign for all staff (190 employees) across the Bulungula Incubator projects. Most importantly, with the support and advice ... READ MORE
  • Bulungula Coronavirus Response (3/23/2020) - The Bulungula Incubator is located in one of the poorest and most remote regions in South Africa with no access to running water, electricity, healthcare, or adequate road infrastructure. Furthermore, we have a high concentration of persons with chronic illnesses and compromised immune systems, that make them particularly vulnerable to the Coronavirus. Following the announcements ... READ MORE
  • Bulungula College Job Skills Programme (1/31/2020) - Prior to the opening of Bulungula College, the nearest high school was 30km away, with no affordable transport avaible. Because of the limited access to secondary education, there was a 95% learner drop-out rate after grade 9. With a local unemployment rate of 93%, uncertainty for young people to build dependable livelihoods deepens. Bulungula College ... READ MORE
  • Back to School at Bulungula College!! (1/17/2020) - After a successful first year we are back for year two at the Bulungula College!! We are proud to announce that we had a 90% pass rate in 2019, and a 99% retention rate of learners. Additionally, we have welcomed three new teachers at the College (and in our community), along with 73 new grade 10 learners! ... READ MORE
  • Waste Management Projects (1/10/2020) - From December until March, the government has extra money for job creation, and reached out to the Bulungula Incubator to create local employment opportunities. Starting in December, our pick-up project has employed 52 local community members to collect garbage from near and surrounding areas. Monday thru Friday, each employee must collect 2 garbage bags full of ... READ MORE
  • Siybanonga National Book Week in Bulungula! (12/6/2019) - We had the pleasure of hosting Siyabonga National Book Week at our four schools (No Ofisi, Melibuwa, Nguberhamba, Xhora Mouth). National Book Week (NBW) is South Africa’s official reading awareness week to celebrate literature. In a study, NBW found that only 14% of South Africans read books, and 58% of households do not own a ... READ MORE
  • McNutly Foundation Gift of Giving (11/22/2019) - An exciting announcement… Until the end of the year, one of our sponsors, the McNulty Foundation, will double every donation* made to the Bulungula Incubator! Join us this holiday in the season of giving to support the Xhora Mouth community! The McNulty Foundation supports individuals and organizations across the world to further opportunity for global development. ... READ MORE
  • Mindfulness in Bulungula (11/15/2019) - Mindfulness.. the psychological practice of self-awareness to ground in the present moment in order to create ease of mind. Mindfulness promotes a positive mindset, enhances focus, facilitates clarity of the mind, increases empathy and kindness, improves confidence, and eases stress. At Bulungula we have introduced mindfulness in our many different spaces to keep us happy and practice some ... READ MORE
  • Zero Stunting Campaign (11/8/2019) - Our Zero Stunting Campaign began in 2015 when we first launched our Health Programme. The campaign was started to fight the prevalent issue of child stunting in our community. According to the WHO, child stunting is impaired growth and development of a child due to poor nutrition, repeated infection, or inadequate psychological stimulation (https://www.who.int/nutrition/healthygrowthproj_stunted_videos/en/).  In order ... READ MORE
  • Partnerships for Accessible Dental Care (11/1/2019) - This week Dr. Kgomotso Lekalakala, from Zithulele Hospital, came to the Nqileni Health Point to administer general dentistry care to community members. Currently, we partner with dentist Dr. Themba Tsotso in Madwaleni who comes every two months, however, we have a high need for dental care in our community, so we have additionally partnered with ... READ MORE
  • We’re Hiring! (10/30/2019) - We currently have two job vacancies at the Bulungula Incubator! Please see the listings below for more details. JOB ADVERTISEMENT: Maths Educator  Opportunity closing date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019  Opportunity Type: Employment  POSITION OBJECTIVE  The Bulungula Incubator seeks to appoint a Maths Educator based in Xhora Mouth Administrative Area, Elliotdale in the Eastern Cape. This position represents ... READ MORE
  • iiTablet Tshomiz creates local job opportunities while developing our youth (10/25/2019) - “iiTablet Tshomiz creates local job opportunities while developing our youth” – Lihle Mbikwana (Melibuwa iiTablet Tshomiz Site Manager) After 3 years of successful implementation of our online learning project, iiTablet Tshomiz, we reflect on the impact it has for our learners, and just as importantly, our facilitators. Due to high student to teacher ratio, learners can ... READ MORE
  • Bulungula College Year One Award Ceremony (10/14/2019) - We are approaching the final stretch of our first full school year at Bulunugula College! After a year of hard work, we came together to celebrate our learners, staff, and supporters. A day full of dancing, singing, and awards with family and community members! Distinguished guests included: Xhora Mouth Administrative Area Chief, and Bulungula Incubator ... READ MORE
  • The Give a Wave Project (9/4/2019) - Give a Wave Project “Up to 80% of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic. At the rate at which we are dumping items such as plastic bottles, bags, cups and straws after a single use, by 2050 we will have more plastics in the oceans than fish,.”– Erik Solheim, Head of United ... READ MORE
  • Now We Enjoy the Harvest (8/13/2019) - We live in one of the most beautiful and fertile parts of the country where we have an opportunity to farm for food security and income generation. Therefore, one of the subjects offered at the Bulungula College is Agricultural Sciences. In addition to the theoretical curriculum, we have a strong emphasis on the development of practical farming skills.
  • Imana Wild Ride 2019 (7/22/2019) - Once again we had tons of fun welcoming the intrepid Imana Wild Riders to our shores: 'out there alone, racing the tide'!
  • Wild Coast Forum (6/1/2019) - The Bulungula Incubator team were the proud hosts of the Wild Coast Forum this year
  • We won!! (4/4/2019) - For the work of the Bulungula Incubator we have been warded the British Council Study UK Global Award for Social Impact. We are thrilled to be recognised on this global platform. See:  https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/alumni-awards/winners
  • British Council UK Award Finalist! (3/25/2019) - We have been chosen as one of 21 Study UK Alumni Award global finalists for 2019 for our work at the Bulungula Incubator. We are thrilled to be chosen for this prestigious award and await the announcement of the winners on 4 April 🙂 
  • New BI Intro Video (3/19/2019) - Check out this short video for an overview of the Bulungula Incubator projects
  • Official Opening of the Bulungula College (2/26/2019) - The Xhora Mouth Administrative Area, where the Bulungula Incubator is based, has never has access to High School education. The highest grade level available in the area, at the local Junior Secondary School, is Grade 9. Hence, we have committed to accepting all learners who pass Grade 9 with preference to those learners who have ... READ MORE
  • Bulungula College Sport and Extra Curricula activities (2/6/2019) - In addition to excellent academic teaching, the Bulungula College has begun offering learners extra curricula activities including sport and creative activities. The College has partnered with the BI Vibrant Villages programme. this collaboration will enable sharing of programme resources, skills and information like learning about environmental issues, eco-schools and tourism. Each learner has been allocated ... READ MORE
  • Shweshwe uniforms (1/26/2019) - The Bulungula College team wanted to do away with traditional uniform styles, add a little unique flair that reflects how special we think the Bulungula College is 🙂 and importantly keep costs down for parents and learners. We decided to ditch the old-style tie and add a bit of traditional African shweshwe fabric as a ... READ MORE
  • Bulungula’s Got Talent! (1/15/2019) - Towards the end of 2018, our Vibrant Villages programme launched the first in a series of Talent Competitions for the youth of the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area. These fun weekend activities are to give our youth something interesting and fun to participate in while providing an avenue for creative expression. We were thrilled to have ... READ MORE
  • Youth Centre Art Workshops (11/14/2018) - From the 14 - 18 November, the Bulungula Youth Centre hosted an exciting Art Workshop. The facilitators were expert in bringing out the inner-Picasso in everyone 🙂
  • Sharing and caring (11/5/2018) - An important part of the Bulungula Incubator work is to share our resources, particularly the skills and toolkits we have developed and lessons learned over the years across all our projects.
  • Developing the languages component of iTT (10/9/2018) - In 2018 we began to develop a languages component to our online learning programme. We are still in the process of testing and selecting the best online programmes in this area.
  • Bulungula College Open Day (8/27/2018) - On 27 August 2018 the Bulungula College held its first Open Day for learners and parents.
  • Bulungula Youth Centre Brings Joy (6/6/2018) - Under the energetic drive of our Vibrant Villages Programme Manager, Mzuzile, the Bulungula Youth Centre is providing interesting and exciting opportunities for young people in our area.
  • Health Programme Featured in the News (6/6/2018) - The successes of our excellent Health Programme Team was featured in the news, highlighting the important role of Homebased Care and Community Health Workers, particularly in remote and rural communities. 
  • Developing our Management skills (5/15/2018) - The Bulungula Incubator is constantly engaged in the improvement of our management skills and the development of a deep base of quality leadership for the long term sustainability of the organisation and good succession planning.
  • Bulungula Radio and Children’s Radio Foundation (5/7/2018) - Bulungula Community Radio receives training from the Children's Radio Foundation
  • Excellent Dental Services for People with Disabilities (4/30/2018) - Over the April long weekend the Bulungula Incubator partnered with VMS to provide dental services to people with disabilities and barriers to access to dental care.
  • Sport and Weekend Youth Activities (4/16/2018) - The Xhora Mouth Soccer and Netball Leagues are now a fixture in our community. In addition to the weekend League games that cater to older youth, we have launched a weekend programme with games for younger children at the Bulungula Youth Centre.
  • IiTablet Tshomiz Develops a Languages Component (4/11/2018) - Our Online Learning project (iiTablet Tshomiz) has expanded to include a languages component in addition to the existing mathematics programme.
  • Why Homebased Care is a Crucial Element of Primary Healthcare (3/27/2018) - An example that makes a strong case for homebased care and community health workers as key elements in effective primary healthcare.
  • First Aid Training (3/26/2018) - In January 29 – 2 February 2018 St. Johns conducted a Level 3 training for our Home Based Team and included staff from other BI projects too. Over the years we have steadily increased the exposure of our team members to First Aid Training to keep our staff and broader community safe. Basic medical responses ... READ MORE
  • Spreading the love (3/12/2018) - A key focus of Bulungula Incubator is to broaden the impact of our work through inviting other communities to learn from our programmes and enabling our project managers to visit and share their skills with other organisations.
  • Perfect Pump for Small Farmers in Africa (3/5/2018) - Farmers in regions with hilly typography have few accessible options other than the back-breaking option of carrying water on their heads. See our informational video on a groundbreaking solution to the problem: a perfect, cheap water pump that works and is easy to find.
  • First Preschool Library Experience (2/15/2018) - A love of reading and learning is actively and energetically fostered across our education programme area: from the very first days in early childhood development through our Bulungula College and Youth projects.
  • Beautiful Murals (2/9/2018) - We were thrilled to welcome back Sarah, our friend and mural artist from London, who worked like crazy in the five short weeks she was here. As always Sarah brightened our lives with her fun and colourful murals.
  • Early Learning Outcome Measures (2/5/2018) - In 2017 the Bulungula Incubator participated in a launch of the ELOM (Early Learning Outcomes Measures (ELOM) produced by Innovation Edge.
  • 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: https://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