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  Greetings from Bulungula!

In this edition, we'd like to highlight the launch of the Bulungula Incubator Scholarship Fund. We're also really excited to be a MySchool beneficiary.

Best wishes from everyone at Bulungula!
Réjane


  Launching Our Scholarship Fund

For the exceptional graduates from the Jujurha Preschool, we have added a scholarship fund to our Educational programme. The scholarship programme will finance their schooling from Grade 1 through to at least grade 12 at a good quality school in Mthatha. The fund will finance all expenses including school fees, uniforms, travel, accommodation and living expenses. The cost is R10,000 per child per year and we need your help in the form of a monthly or once-off contribution, as well as spreading the word to your friends, family and business associates. Attached is a PDF brochure with further information or click here to read more.

     
  Become a MySchool Supporter!

The Bulungula Incubator has just been listed as a beneficiary on the MySchool database. When you swipe your MySchool card in any Woolworths store or that of their partners (including Engen, Reggies, Waltons, Kalahari.com, Toys R Us, Supa Quick) a portion of the amount you spend on your purchases will come to us! It’s very, very easy to get going: apply for your card online or simply reply to this e-mail with your Name, Postal Address and ID number (passport number for foreigners) and a card will be sent to you in the post. If you already have a MySchool card, click here to add Bulungula Incubator as a beneficiary on your card - or call 0860100445 or email cs@myschool.co.za. Read more...

     
  Happy Birthday, Madiba!

The Jujurha Preschool children, under the watchful eyes of their teachers, collected litter as their service to the community on Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday. In a village where there is no municipal refuse removal system, litter spoils the beautiful landscape, especially around the spaza shops. The children filled 3 large bags which were then returned to the Jujurha Education Centre where it is sorted and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Washing hands afterwards reinforced all the routines practised daily at school.
Read more...

     
  Art and literacy combined in beautiful murals

The Jujurha Community Library has a stunning mural depicting a favourite story of the Nqileni village children. The artist is Emma Gray, a friend and volunteer from Cape Town, who spent 3 weeks at Bulungula painting 3 murals at the Jujurha Education Centre, as well as others at the Bulungula Lodge and the Pancake Restaurant, a community-owned business in the village. Despite unexpected problems such as finding a (harmless) snake nestling near her feet, Emma amazed us all with her imaginative and colourful designs which will be appreciated by many – children and adults alike. Thank you, Emma! Read more...

     
  Own a Share in Education!

The Bulungula Education Programme is a listed project on the SASIX exchange. By buying a share for R50 you can have a direct impact on our efforts in Education. The Jujurha Education Centre remains, now more than ever, a beacon of hope in Nqileni village as it offers excellent education to all preschoolers aged 3 – 6 years. It continues to demonstrate to parents and the entire community the highest standards of education to which all children are entitled and an excellent work ethic. Read more...

     
  Cooking on Sunfire!

A recent visit by Crosby Menzies of Sunfire (www.sunfire.co.za) to the Bulungula Lodge led to some environmentally friendly and quite novel additions to our Nutrition programme. Crosby had loaded his Landy with a few Sunfire Solar Cookers that proved to work just brilliantly in our sunny Bulungula weather. He arrived just in time for us to treat voters to some sun-boiled tea on Local Elections Day. The tea went down very well with several community members asking Crosby about payment plans for getting one. Read more...

     
  Health Awareness in Nqileni

Our very conscientious Community Care Worker, Nomzingisi Hopisi organised the first of what we hope will be many Health Awareness days in the Xhora Mouth Area. With the support of the staff and nurses from Madwaleni Hospital, we launched the our Health series in Nqileni Village with the theme: HIV/AIDS. The day started slowly with community members a little hesitant to attend a day talking about HIV/AIDS but when Nomzingisi and Khuselo got the maskanda tunes blaring from the tent, the crowds started flowing in. Read more...

     
  Thanks to our hard working gardeners

We enjoy delicious organic vegetables every day, brought to us within minutes of being picked by Nophumzile or Thembekile in the Jujurha garden or by Thabang and Qamfasi who also supplement the nutrition programme at No-ofisi School. Bananas, guavas and pawpaws are ripening, too. Who needs the city chain stores? Read more...

     
  There is always something exciting to do in the Jujurha classrooms

Whether it’s making complicated patterns with the pattern blocks or making a crown of popper beads or simply hiding in a cardboard box while waiting to take the stage in “The Three Bears’...every day is full of fun! Read more...

     
  Lemongrass farmers do some research into the essential oils market

The Zizamele Co-op, led by our Chairperson Mam’ Nolesile, paid a research visit to Essential Amathole on the scenic mountains of the Hogsback. Essential Amathole’s profile describes it as a producer in a range of organic essential oils and medicinal plant extracts for the global market. The aim of the research visit was to get more information about the process of the production of essential oils to determine whether or not this could be a profitable way in which to expand our production range. Read more...

     
  Expanding into a new office

Since its inception in 2007, the BI went from sharing a desk in the office of the Bulungula Lodge to a makeshift office in a rented hut to a space of its own, finally, in 2009 on the premises of the Jujurha Education Centre. That office space worked well but as the BI began to expand, the the 5x3m space became very cramped. By December 2010 we were desperate for extra space and the building of a new hut began. The office was completed in March this year and finishing touches with a lovely turquoise colour theme for the outside were added in April. Read more...

     
  Celebrating education on a new level

After many months of planning, disappointments and re-planning, the BI has finally managed to arrange Early Childhood Development Level 4 training for 5 of our Jujurha Preschool facilitators, 6 aspiring facilitators from our neighbouring villages as well as 9 from Mdumbi via Transcape, a well known NGO doing good work in that area of the Wild Coast. All 20 trainees registered on 10 and 11 June with Masikhule who are experts in this field. The training will take place over weekends and school holidays so that the running of our Preschool is not disrupted and it was with great commitment Read more...

     
  Landscaping Bulungula-style!

The Jujurha Education Centre is situated on a rolling green hillside, typical of the beautiful Wild Coast. Having recently extended the playground area by moving the boundary fence, we were faced with the problem of levelling the area – so we called in the oxen and this well trained team arrived at sunrise on a Sunday morning. Within a short time the tough grass covering an area which had never been cultivated had been turned to reveal the rich dark soil. Read more...


A few recent Bulungula Lodge guest comments...

"I was in Bulungula Lodge for a couple of days and I had a great experience. It is located by the sea in a very rural location but you have all you need: beautiful beach, amazing views of the hills and the river, natural surroundings, nice people, good vibes, typical Xhosa cuisine. There are plenty of things to do as well like kayaking, hiking, swimming, visit the villages... Absolutely amazing!" Read more...

"Bulungula Lodge was an unforgettable experience. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our (too-short) time there. There are two things that make it great: the stunning scenery and the warm and hospitable hosts."
Read more...

Read more at TripAdvisor.com or on Google


Wish list

We are often asked what items we need, and have therefore compiled this wish list. If you are able to assist in any way, we would be most grateful!

  • Laptops for use in our resource centre
  • Items for ‘goody bags’ distributed on Health Days: toothbrushes & toothpaste, soap, hair products, razors, facecloths, lip balm, hair combs, hand/body cream, pens etc
  • Wool; pieces of fabric
  • Educational DVDs (e.g. National Geographic) Resource books (educational) aimed at school age children
  • isiXhosa books (for children / adults)
  • School Uniforms and Shoes e.g. White school shirts, grey school pants, black school skirts, black school shoes - for boys and girls of all ages (new or used)
  • Children's and adults' clothes and shoes
  • Toy wheelbarrows / wagons / tricycles / black bikes
  • Unused exercise books, school satchels and school stationery
  • Calendar pictures, pictures of sports stars, etc

 

 

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Banking details:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account Name: Bulungula Incubator
Account Number: 07 066 1480
Branch: Thibault Square
Branch code: 020909
International SWIFT code: SBZA ZA JJ
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Bulungula Incubator

Website: www.bulungulaincubator.org
email: rejane@bulungulaincubator.org

tel +27 (0)47 577 8908  |  cell +27 (0)82 870 7345

P.O. Box 43, Mqanduli, 5080

Bulungula Lodge

Website: www.bulungula.com
email: paradise@bulungula.com

tel +27 (0)47 577 8900  |  cell +27 (0) 83 391 5525

PO Box 52913 Mthatha 5099 South Africa

 
The Bulungula Incubator is a Not-For-Profit Association

Department of Social Development reference no: 057-666  |  SARS PBO number: 930029899


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