A good foundation in a child’s life creates a good future. The ICT has now opened an After School Programme where 30 children from Jagersfontein and Boaramelo Combined Schools have been identified to attend in the afternoons and school holidays. There are at present 15 Grade 1’s and 15 Grade 2’s. In 2020 Grade 3 will also be introduced.
Numeracy and Literacy are the primary goal at the centre.
Children from Jagersfontein, Itumeleng and Charlesville are entertained for an afternoon towards the end of each year. Parcels with t-shirts, sweets, items of personal hygiene and stationery items for school are handed out.
The Itumeleng Community Trust identify and provide indigent families with food parcels. In 2018 one hundred (100) families were helped and the ICT will assist 120 families in 2019. This is done in the month of November just before the festive season.
On the 3rd of June 2019 the After Daycare Programme opened. A total of 30 Grade 1 and 2 children attend this programme after school on a daily basis. Selection was done by the teachers and principle to determine which children will be attending. This is voluntary and the child must want to be at the Centre on a daily basis.
The intention to expand this initiative to include Grade 3 next year so that young learners starting now will continue to benefit moving forward.
67 Minutes for Mandela Day is celebrated yearly. Senior and disabled citizens are supplied with winter blankets and soup on the specific day each year. In 2019, 120 people have been identified. The Itumeleng Community Trust increases the blankets to be received by 20 people per year
Food parcels are distributed to needy people in November/December each year. In this period the Trustees identify community members and donate large food parcels to them. The parcels are a combined donation by the Trust and Jagersfontein Development.
Taxi transportation for 43 people has been organised to attend a get‐together where activities have been organised as well as a nutritious meal. Activities like dancing, sewing, knitting and singing is organised 3 days per week
Support is provided for the annual relay at the local golf club. About 50 disadvantaged children are given new sport shoes to enable them to participate in the team events. Mixed employer/employee teams of children from the local farming community also take part.
This is held yearly in November when underprivileged children are invited to a Christmas Tree Party where they receive refreshments as well as a gift. The children are identified beforehand and the gifts are age/gender related. About 120 children will attend with ages ranging from three to 13. This event is organized by the NG KerkVroueAksie Ladies.
An annual amount is allocated for The Small Project Fund, administered by the local Trustees. This fund provides financial assistance for smaller Sport, Culture and Community Projects
Run by five local Trustees, this programme is very active, focusing on the day-to-day needs of the local people and organizations. The fund is mainly used for:
Suitable qualified students are sponsored yearly with study bursaries and/or student accommodation. In 2019 25 students are currently helped with their accommodation and 3 students have abstained study bursaries.
The aim of this type of sponsorship is to empower young students to further their education and future
Each year the ICT and JDP give the opportunity for ladies to attend the Hospitality training and men’s tracker training in Graaff Reinet. The SA College for Tourism allocates the number of candidates that they can accommodate for the year. Selection is done which includes a questionnaire plus an essay. Successful candidates are sent for approval to Graaff Reinet. A number of successful students have been awarded internship once training has been completed.
A yearly athletic event for adults and children participants is held. Running shoes are sponsored by ICT as well as medals, entry fee and refreshments for the day.
15 students are sponsored yearly for a three week security course Once completed they receive their PSIRA Certificate –Grade E, C & D.
Support is also provided to local Creches with year-end functions youth sport days and interventions.
ICT staff now number eight people. Four work at the ICT itself, and four at the Aftercare Centre.