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Viva Foundation Measurable Outcomes for 2019

How Viva made a difference in 2019

Viva Kids Mamelodi - Early Learning Centre provided education, care and childhood development to 78 children in 4 age-groups from 3 months to 5 years old, in the Alaska Informal Settlement, Mamelodi East. Early Childhood Development and care includes set curriculum, numeracy, school readiness, including SOUNS Literacy programme, play, outings and nutritional support.  

We were donated a new play area for our 0 - 2 year age group and educational toys from Libra, creating a beautiful play space for our littlest ones. 

Viva Village Independent School Mamelodi – provided quality Independent Education to 150 Children in Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3) and Intersen Phase [Grade 4 and 5] with qualified, SACE registered faculty and augmented CAPS curriculum. Capitalworks sponsored the OPEX of Grade R and other sponsors in 2019 included Thesele, Heva e.V., the Hans u. Gretel Burkhardt Stiftung, and several private donors.  

We provide Computer training in our Computer Lab, sponsored by Vodacom SA, Music Tuition sponsored by private donors from the Sonnebrink Church, Winterswijk in Holland and Art tuition in additional to regular curriculum.  The University of Pretoria Art Faculty transformed our Grade 1 Classroom with educational art during the Mandela Day activities. 

SAPRI - South African People's Response Initiative - Sexual Violence Prevention and Response. 250 deployed panic buttons in the community, eradicated sexual violence (cases reduced from 120 rapes per year in the neighbourhood, to 0 attempted rapes and 0 rapes for 2019 in the beneficiary pool) and domestic violence (30% of all women regularly, or sporadically abused by partners, reduced to 1 case of domestic violence for 2019) among our beneficiaries.  The Department of Social Development VEP unit, came on board and sponsored the salaries of a Social Worker, two Auxiliary Social Workers and 7 Community Respondents. The SAPRI team went from 1 coordinator, to a team of 10 very engaged members.  They conducted monthly community forum and awareness events and have been able to do face-to-face counselling at Viva and daily home visits.  

Art – The focus of the Art Project shifted strongly to Music development and we were able to take a choir group to Germany and Holland in December 2019 for a very successful and fruitful tour.  The bi-weekly music lessons in the school continues and the choir has received media attention, with a short performance on ENCA Prime Time on the 3rd of December 19, as well as mention in other media outlets.  

Poverty Alleviation - Skills training and Enterprise Development provided to underprivileged adults and youths in Mamelodi East assistance, including making available material assistance in the form of donated paint and roof sealant.  Viva, as the only formal employer in the Alaska Informal Settlement, now provides jobs and regular income to 31 individuals, impacting their families and living conditions dramatically. 

Youth Development - The Switch On Youth learning-to-learn after school care programme continues with their Dance, Drama, Art & Poetry programme on three afternoons per week.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children - Home-based support, blankets and Christmas Gifts handed out to 487 beneficiaries in Mamelodi East.

Feeding Scheme - 133 000+ meals provided in 2019 sponsored by the Add Hope Campaign, Woolworths and Pick n Pay Baking School, Pretoria. 

Infra-structure and Expansion – A new security system was installed at Viva Village, Mamelodi East sponsored by Much Asphalt, Heva e.V. and a private donors and a new campus is being established at Viva Connect, Cullinan.  A Multi-Function Hall, classrooms and education centre, with kitchen and gardens are being built and will be ready to receive learners in January 2021.  The facility already has an outdoor stage and sport field that was used for the Mamelodi School's Sport Day in April 2019. 

Volunteering – We welcomed close to a thousand volunteers at Viva throughout 2019, including 2 groups of 150 high-school volunteers from Curro Thatchfield, groups from the University of Pretoria, Hatfield Christian Church, individuals and companies as well as over 100 volunteers at the annual Mandela Day in July.  Activities included vegetable gardening, building, grounds-clearing, painting, cooking, cleaning, workshops, children’s activities, teaching and team-building days.  A Nissan Bakkie [pick-up Truck] was sponsored by Fleet Africa and Libra put a new fence, fake lawn and educational toys in the baby area. 

We had a family from the USA volunteering full-time, with their 5 children, at the Viva Sharehouse from March to December 2018.  

In May 2019 we experienced a very traumatic armed robbery at the centre when a group of American volunteers visited the centre.  One of our community members was shot through the arm and a Viva teacher wounded with a pistol to the head. The Grade 1 class was deeply affected as the robbers bundled everyone into their space.  Although this was a very sad and painful day for Viva, the support that flowed from the event was overwhelming.  The robbed American students raised almost $ 1000 for security upgrades and Viva received media attention and messages of support from across the Globe.  The Mandela Day, 2 months after this attack, was the biggest we have had and the financial support on that day, with donations and gifts, surpassed any we have had in the past.  The concern was that volunteers would deem the centre too dangerous to visit, but volunteers from companies, government departments and private groups, came in their numbers and did significant work.