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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/winnersSee announcements below:Study UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StudyUK.BritishCouncil/videos/308312019855990/Study UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/StudyUKBritish/status/1113738880363237377Study UK Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv1EPE3AXVX/

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Official Opening of the Bulungula College

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 the highest attendance rate at our Bridging classes.  All arrangements necessary for starting the school in 2019 were completed by the end of last year. Parents signed contracts for their involvement in the school. All infrastructure was put in place, including accommodation for the new ...

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Youth Centre Art Workshops

From the 14 - 18 November, the Bulungula Youth Centre hosted an exciting Art Workshop, brilliantly facilitated by Sakumzi Msindisi Nyendwana from Hand in Hand Visual Art Studios. Youth of all ages participated and had a ton of fun getting creative on the Youth Centre and surrounding buildings. Although none of the participants had previously experienced any formal training in art or creative activities, the facilitators were expert in bringing out the inner-Picasso in everyone 🙂 All 30 participants received a certificate of completion for the short course. We can highly recommend the Visual Art team.  

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Health Programme Featured in the News

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.See articles at these links:https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2018/05/28/how-nomakhayas-beat-a-scabies-outbreak/https://www.spotlightnsp.co.za/2018/05/29/how-rural-stereotypes-are-being-broken-in-bulungula/

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Developing our Management skills

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. 80% of our management team is drawn from the local community in which we are located. Experienced managers are required to transfer skills, engage in active on-the-job training, provide opportunities for ongoing learning and study, where appropriate and develop succession pathways for their teams.  As part of this employee development practice, we engaged CDRA (Community Development Resource Association) to present an Organisational Capacity Development Workshop ...

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Bulungula Radio and Children's Radio Foundation

At the beginning of May we received a delightful visit and community radio training programme from the Children's Radio Foundation (CRF). The team from CRF covered all the costs of their visit and trained 12 of our radio DJ's for one week. The training sessions were lots of fun and helped our team work on all aspects of good radio management practices, technical and programming skills. The Bulungula Community Radio is completely staffed by volunteers, young people from our community and runs from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week. It is amazing to see the energy with which the ...

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Excellent Dental Services for People with Disabilities

Over the end of April long weekend we participated in a Dental Outreach by Vision Medical Suites (VMS). VMS is a team of incredibly dedicated medical professionals from Cape Town who pulled off quite a feat bringing highly specialised and technical dental services to our remote rural area. The dental services provided were specially for people with disabilities and barriers to access to dental care because they require sedation in order to receive dental care. Over the April long weekend 45 professionals traveled all the way to the Eastern Cape suffering through our terrible roads. The Bulungula Incubator was one ...

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  • 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
  • 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