COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT at GRAHAM BECK WINES

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT at GRAHAM BECK WINES

By LYNETTE HAAI
17 September 2009 to 4 October 2009

SENIOR CITIZEN OUTING TO ESELTJIERUS DONKEY SANCTUARY 17 SEPTEMBER 2009 (ROBERTSON AND HIGHLANDS)
The goal of this outings was to make it an enjoyable experience whilst simultaneously educating the senior citizens. On this particular occasion the senior citizens of the farms Graham Beck Wines and Highlands Stud visited the Donkey Sanctuary near McGregor. This sanctuary is a place of healing for the broken-spirited (both donkey and humans). Some of the donkeys retired here after 30 years of hard work, drawing carts or ploughs, or turning the wheel of a mill at brickworks, endlessly walking blindfolded in a circle. This happy and tranquil environment created such peacefulness, that the senior citizens found it truly to be a privilege and memorable experience.
 
YOUTH LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP BY HEARTS OF MEN 18-19 SEPTEMBER 2009
The aim of this weekend was to ascertain needs that the young people have to develop into becoming contributing members of their family and community. The theme for the camp was “who I am in my community”. The pillars of the program was *achievement *empowerment*acknowledgement and *restoration. All this was done through in- and outdoor games, group participation, doing collages and role play. The outcomes were achieved, through this enjoyable interaction. Hearts of Men and the youth left this workshop with a song in their heart.

MEN’S SEMINAR – 19 SEPTEMBER 2009

The theme of this Men’s Seminar was “The role of the modern day man” presented by Dess van Niekerk from Hearts of Men. The men were entertained by a band playing local music and the men participated in sing-a-along-songs. There were men’s choirs performing, Hip Hop dancing, a mass choir from the vicinity, miming and rap music. Chris September (a local pastor) gave a profile of his life that was very profound. This testimony touched the hearts of every man, because it confronted them with real life issues such as alcoholism, drugs, gangster life style and abuse in his home as this was the life he was accustomed to until he made a decision for change. It slotted in the theme and every man had a chance to take introspection and see where they are at this moment. Skills were given on how to transform and change and information was given to anybody needing extra intervention and individual counseling.

AFTER CARE OUTING – 24 SEPTEMBER 2009
Robertson’s after-care children love taking trips to Montagu Springs. Thus it was no surprise that they chose this destination as their outing venue once again. The relaxing warm water, lovely atmosphere and tranquil surroundings make this venue a wonderful outing destination. Ask any child from the community and farm area where they would like to go and it will be an answer like “swimming, swimming pool or the sea.”

HOLIDAY PROGRAM – AFTER-CARE ROBERTSON 28 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2009
The YWAM team from Worcester presented a three day holiday program. The program included using recycled material to make gifts; face paintings were done by the international YWAM team as well as friendly sport matches like rugby and netball. The program ended with a concert presented by the farm kids. The entire program was initiated by Susan Fouche.

AFTER-CARE AND CRèCHE FRANSCHHOEK OUTING – LE BONHEUR CROCODILE FARM – 1 OCTOBER 2009
On arrival we were shown a DVD showcasing the life of the Nile crocodile, this included information on how they catch their prey, breeding and how they protect themselves from predators. After this we were shown an albino crocodile that was kept indoors due to its condition. In total the farm houses 1300 crocodiles that vary in age and breed. Once the children completed their tour of the farm they were served lunch at the restaurant.

YOUTH GATHERING – 4 OCTOBER 2009 at ROBERTSON
These youth gatherings will take place on a monthly basis. The aim of these gatherings are to empower the youth to create, implement and facilitate their own youth programs. These programs will include activities such as Hip Hop dancing, rap, miming, singing and inspirational testimonies. The current facilitators are Octavius Mgada (choir and singing), Chris September (sound engineer and motivational speaker), Ryan Lass (Hip Hop, miming and rap instructor) and Margie Banda (drama instructor).

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