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NATIONAL FACILITATOR – HOLLY LUTON-NEL

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  •  During this year the Alexandra and Soweto studios continued to serve their communities with computer and business fundamentals classes, together with supporting the Alexsan Library through the internet café.
  • The new Emmaus Orphan and Vulnerable Children and HIV/AIDS children’s facility was finally completed, with the children moving across from their previous site in June 2014. We have now increased our numbers from 300 to 635 children; however the facility has been built to eventually cater for 900 to 1000 children. We wish to thank EED Germany, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Anglo American Chairman’s Fund and the German Reformed Alliance for supporting this initiative. The NLDTF then followed up again by providing some of the much needed assets to make the facility operational.
  • We manage project planning and the finances of the Gauteng Organisation of Community Arts and Culture Centres (GOMACC). GOMACC reported on funds previously received from both the National Arts Council and the Gauteng Arts and Culture Council and completed the GACC capacity building festivals during this period. Later in the year funds were received from the National Department of Arts and Culture to implement a series of development festivals in the province in each of our 5 regions. We were additionally requested by National to assist in administering funds for four additional provinces.

Alexsan Kopano Educational Trust

The Educational Trust, with the ongoing support of Toyota, manages the computer studios. The day to day costs of the Internet Café in the library was also covered by Toyota together with the upgrading of the computers in our advanced studio. The National Lottery Distribution Trust fund was a first time contributor this year and supported us in bridging some of our day to day running costs. A more detailed feedback on the computer studios will be included further on in this report.

Emmaus Community Centre - Duduza

The Department of Social Services is in their eighth year of tenancy at the centre and a strong working relationship has continued with our management team. Their Nigel branch has continued to work from the centre over this period bringing them closer to the people of Duduza and surrounding areas. They have found this move most beneficial and are continuing their working relationship.

The Department also supports the centre through the OVC and HIV/AIDS drop-in centre programme for orphans and children in need. The centre provides meals twice a day, clothes washing facilities and care givers who visit the children’s homes. The caregivers assist the children in the afternoons with their studies and have a selection of games for the little ones. They assist children to get registered, to receive a government grants and to find a support parent in the community. With recent funds from the NLDTF we have been able to establish a small library with a computer hub, audio visual room and some start up books. The NLDTF also provided funding for book shelves, desks and chairs, dining hall tables and chairs and bridging the day to day funding that the Department of Social Development was not able to cover. For this we are most grateful in assisting us in making the building operational.

As mentioned the new facility was completed during this financial year and the children were able to move in from June 2014. During this period the numbers were increased from 300 to 635, supported by the Department of Social Development. The new facility can cover 900 children but it was agreed with the Department to manage this is two steps. EED Germany provided over 50% of the funding for the facility. The balance of funds was received from the NLDTF, Anglo American Chairman’s Fund and the Reformed Alliance Church in Germany. The NLDTF provided further funds to assist in furnishing the facility, equipping the library, computer and audio visual room together with other bridging funds actioned during this reporting period.

The centre provides a cross section of other activities such as food gardens, Safe Parks Programme and youth support. The children are also divided into 5 activity streams which gives them one week in each activity on a rotational basis. This includes: Library Activities (computer room, reading, storytelling, audio visual room, etc), Life Skills, Indoor games, Outdoor Games and Cultural Activities (drama, dance and music).

Gauteng Organisation of Community Arts and Culture Centres

Funding received from the NAC (for Young Upcoming Directors) and GACC (Capacity Building) Festivals during the last financial year was completed and reported on, with three GACC festivals being carried over into the early part of this financial year.

Unfortunately funds were not received timorously from the NLDTF, who has been one of our main supporters in the past. Not to be outdone we turned our attention to what we could do without external funding and in particular our central regions came up with the idea of starting a stock veldt programme to both generate funds and give local artists a chance to share their talents. In the other regions the members started running their own events from funding received and here we played a support, guidance and mentorship role. It is encouraging that our regions are starting to motivate and run projects for themselves instead of just relying on the central provincial office.

Following on from the National Provincial meetings in the previous period, (on the resuscitation of the National Federation of Community Art Centres), DAC towards the latter part of this financial year was able to release funds to all provinces for a series of Provincial Development Festivals. Also, at the request of the national department, GOMACC was asked to administer funds for an additional four provinces. Part of this funding has straddled into our next financial year.

Gauteng Province was ready to move and on 29th January 2015 a meeting was held with the regional structures to discuss and plan a way forward. All regions were given a similar budget and asked to come up with a plan and budget on how they were going to
achieve the objectives of running a regional festival that had a strong development component. This was achieved by having guest speakers providing training on the mornings of each festival (run over a two day weekend) and followed by adjudicators giving in-depth feedback on performances that the groups could use to improve their work. Too often in the past our groups have felt isolated just working from home without the much needed professional input. Tshwane was able to run their event in March with the other four regions following in April and May.

Acknowledgements

We would like to sincerely thank:

  •  EED Germany for continuing to support the National Facilitator position
  •  Toyota for supporting the upgrading of the advanced computer studio, the internet café in the library and assisting with some prizes for the top two students and The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund for assisting with some of our bridging costs.
  • The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund for providing the additional assets and bridging costs for the Orphan and Vulnerable children and HIV/AIDS children’s facility in Duduza.
  •  The DAC and GACC for funding the GOMACC events for this financial year.


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