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:
- 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 ... READ MORE
- 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 ... READ MORE
- 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 ... READ MORE
- 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 ... READ MORE
- British Council UK Award Finalist! - 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 🙂
- 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