History is being made in the life of the ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre and we feel very privileged to be part of the story! Of course with changes come challenges. The bigger the change, the bigger the challenge. We would never have the courage to embark on this journey without the help of our sponsors, old and new.
The ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre is a children’s home for boys who come from extremely difficult backgrounds and because of sad circumstances have spent time out of school and on the streets. These boys are not eligible for other children’s homes, but with positive intervention at the right time, can and often do, turn their lives around when they make use of the many opportunities offered to them at the Khayalethu Youth Centre.
Since the miracle of the move from our previous premises in North End to the new property in Theescombe, we have experienced many answered prayers and wishes as we have settled in to make this our new home.
I would like to take this opportunity to bring our latest WISH LIST to your attention and hope that in some way, you will be able to help us to make these a reality.
Our most pressing need is for vehicles. Our 28 boys attend nine different schools and Youth Centre outings are extremely tricky as we need several drivers to accommodate everyone. While we use our 16-seater Toyota Quantum along with two bakkies to get them there and back, this is not ideal and – with talk of future legislation prohibiting the transport of children in the back of a bakkie – we’d like to remedy the situation right away with an additional 16-seater vehicle. Either:
- A Toyota Quantum 16-Seater: Around R400 000,00, or
- A GWM Chery P-10: R304 999,00.
In addition, we have a 20-year-old Toyota Tazz, which has seen better days. It is now starting to cost us a significant amount of money in repairs. This vehicle is for office use, but is mostly used by the Director on official Khayalethu business. It also needs to be replaced.
- Security: R95 723,00
The Department of Social Development requires Institutions like ours to install surveillance cameras both inside the home and outside. This has been tabled as a requirement for re-registration in the near future. Unfortunately, the Department offers no financial assistance for this to happen.
- Bathroom Renovation: R 13 980,00
This is an urgent need.
- Roll-Down Canvas for Covered Area
We do not have a hall so certain activities, like weekly karate, prize giving, marketing events, etc., take place under the covered patio outside. We would like to install a roll-down canvas on two sides to provide some protection from the weather. Metal Trestle Tables and Plastic Chairs are also required for marketing events.
- Covered Shelter for the Recycling Area: R7 300,00
Khayalethu is making an effort to be responsible “earth citizens” by starting to recycle. We have a partnership with Waste Trade who supply us with bins and bags and collects the recyclables. These can look rather untidy and we would like to confine the bags to a specific space which looks pleasing and neat. This is a DIY project we could manage if we had the components. Prices are supplied.
- Paving: R22 510,00
The area around the office block is sandy in summer and muddy in winter. An area of paving will make it look a lot neater and help us keep the office clean.
- Other Requirements for Small Projects:
Mend leaking roof, guttering and awning
Paint for bathrooms
Two large top-loader washing machines.
Sports & Play Programme
We would like to acquire the following playground equipment to provide healthy play opportunities and prepare Khayalethu for our holiday venue hire fund-raising initiative.
- Roundabout: R35 256,00
- Jungle Gym: R54 970,00
- Slide: R54 970,00
- Karate Programme: R 2051,00 per month
Karate has proved useful in improving the boys’ self-esteem and it is an excellent way to channel pent up energy and frustration. The karate programme has proved itself again and again and the total behavioural transformation of the boys bears testimony to that fact.
- Cycle Programme: R20 000,00
We have 15 bicycles, but these need ongoing maintenance.
- Soccer Programme: R1 893,00
- Portable Seating Stand
for sports events
- Medical: R600,00 per month
With winter upon us there is an ongoing need for medication and vitamins. We make use of the local clinics and public health care for chronic treatments. Acute cases are sometimes dealt with by our nurse or a private GP who sees our children free of charge. Prescribed medication, like antibiotics, as well as OTC medication, like painkillers, vitamins, ointments and first aid items, etc. must be purchased as required.
- Monthly Toiletries: R 1 117,00 per month
35 roll-on deodorants
35 spray deodorants
35 toilet soaps
6 pots of Vaseline
70 toilet paper rolls
- Cleaning Materials: R 1 108,00 per month
Bleach, cleaning liquid, dishwashing liquid, Jeyes Fluid, insecticide sprays, laundry soap, washing powder, steel wool, sponges, cloths, etc.
Any monetary donations are used for the needs of the boys, unless otherwise specified. At present our monthly running costs amount to about R176 986, of which the Department of Social Development subsidy covers only R63 528 (R1 700 x 28 boys; Stipend for three Child Care Workers and one Social Worker). This does not even cover the basics and leaves us with a monthly shortfall of R113 458 per month which must be raised by means of donations and sponsorships.
A New House for the Khayalethu Oliver House
Our project is divided into the Khayalethu Youth Centre (K1) which can take 28 boys of school-going age, and the Khayalethu Oliver House (K2). The number of students in K2 varies depending on how many boys are eligible in any given year. We only take boys who have come through the ranks of K1 and who want to be part of the programme. We’re anticipating a fairly large group being ready all at the same time. (Read more about Oliver House) The cost of new accommodation for K2 has been estimated at R 850 000,00.
In order to become financially self-sustainable in the future, we are working on a building project consisting go 15 two-bedroomed housing units to be built on our grounds at a cost of R400 000,00 each. This would generate a substantial monthly rental of R5 500,00 each, and would go a long way towards off-setting our running costs. Ideally, we would like companies or individuals to sponsor units, which will be named after them and will provide ongoing benefit to the company and to Khayalethu. We already have two units sponsored by local companies.
The Khayalethu Youth Centre is a project of the ACVV which is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with the South African Revenue Services. The PBO registration number is 9300 6889. This means that all donations are tax deductible both personally and for business.
Please ensure that you receive a receipt from us, which you can pass on to your accountant and tax advisor. This will help you pay less tax!
Another advantage of donating is that it will enable a good BEE rating for your business. BEE consists of 7 different aspects that the government aims for all business to focus on. One of these is Corporate Social Investment (code 700 and 1700). This includes all donations made to social causes, especially those which benefit education, housing and welfare. You could score as much as 20% towards your BEE rating by supporting Khayalethu.
Our banking details are as follows:
Name of Account:
ACVV Port Elizabeth Sentraal KHAYALETHU YOUTH CENTRE
Name of Bank:
ABSA PE NEWTON PARK
ABSA ZA JJ CPE (use spaces)
Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact me – Dr Marietjie van der Merwe, Director of Khayalethu – on the following numbers: 041 4845667 0r 072 278 8787.