Rotary Club of Hout Bay has partnered with Jonga Trust, a specialist eye-testing NGO to provide vision screening and testing for Grades 1 & 7 in five Hout Bay primary schools.
Over 950 learners were tested each year, over the past two years. Those identified by the screeners as having possible vision problems are immediately examined at the school by an optometrist. Children can choose from a range of attractive frames and a few weeks later, the eyeglasses are delivered to the learners at no cost to the parents or the schools. 101 learners received eyeglasses in 2020 and 107 in 2021.
Testing will recommence at the start of the new school year. Children who can not see, can not learn. With their eyeglasses these children now have an improved opportunity to get the education they need to rise above their circumstances. For some, it is life changing to now be able to see clearly beyond a few metres. The smiles on the learners’ faces when they realise what they can see through their new glasses tells it all.
Student Support Scheme
We assist South African learners from the Hout Bay townships to study at university and colleges by providing individual mentorship, developmental workshops and financial support where not provided by Government.
This scheme was started over ten years ago and now supports 15 university/college students and has over 21 alumni. We have already helped students gain qualifications in Radiography, Accountancy, Farming, Human Resources, Chemistry, Marine Science and many others.
Rotary Club of Hout Bay has partnered with the Thata Ithuba organisation to improve the maths outcomes in Hout Bay schools though several key initiatives, including:
- 1NumberSense programme of Maths Workbooks are being tested at Hout Bay Primary. These are designed to help children gain an understanding of fundamental mathematical principles and raise the numeracy skills of learners in Grades 1-3.
- 2An additional FET Mathematics teacher has been sponsored at Silikamva High School
- 3Game Changer Tutoring Programme to provide additional maths coaching and preparation for examinations for selected learners. Members of Hout Bay Rotaract Club help provide the coaching.
These high school initiatives aim to raise the level of competency in mathematics from Grades 8-12 and equip learners with the maths skills required for employment and for further study at the tertiary level.
Rotary Club of Hout Bay arranges for E’Pap porridge to be supplied to over 700 young children in crèches in Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu (Hout Bay) providing nourishment and a healthy start to their day.
The key criteria in e’Pap’s formulation is that nutrients are in a form that the human body can effectively absorb and use. A single bowl of porridge has zinc, iron, Vitamin D and 25 other essential nutrients. For more information on e’Pap, visit epapfoundation.org.
Youth Service Clubs
EarlyAct is a school-based service club for primary school students. Interact is high-school based.
Rotary Club of Hout Bay sponsors and supports EarlyAct clubs at Sentinel Primary and Disa Primary and Interact Clubs at Silikamva HS and Hout Bay High.
Rotaract Club of Hout Bay brings together young adults ages 18 and older to work side-by side contributing to their communities. Rotaract members run their own club, manage their own funds and carry out their own activities and service projects. Rotary Club of Hout Bay offers guidance and partnership in service projects.