Siyathuthuka for Christmas

As we approach Christmas we, at Stonewood Design, have decided to do something a little different this year - instead of our usual fun and games with cards and the odd bottle of wine - we are hoping to donate the equivalent money to a fantastic small rural NGO in South Africa. We are going out to South Africa in December to spend a week working with them to improve their buildings and the environment for the children. The NGO is called Siyathuthuka who work with outpatients at their home - covering a large area by foot. Whilst attending their patients, the care-workers have identified approximately 100 children who are in vulnerable situations and in need of additional care and nutrition.  Siyathuthuka has been given a piece of land to develop some buildings to house a safe haven for these children but also the wider community they are serving. At present they have managed to build the first building - basically comprising a double garage with a small area to the rear acting as a kitchen. These children are able to come here after school - be safe and get a good meal. The “Gogo’s” [older folk] are also involved which is exactly the right thing!  What we often see in situations like this is that there is little money available - the quality is not great and the environment is not thought about at the outset. The result is that there is a space which has minimum windows and only two garage doors - so when its hot its HOT and when its raining - its DARK - and when its cold - its FREEZING! Simple interventions like a verandah to keep the strong sun away from the building helps, glazed doors / windows behind the garage doors would allow some light and ventilation [security is an issue and hence the garage doors], insulating the corrugated iron roofs, planting trees outside to allow natural shading of the building and a external play space for the children, can all work together to help improve the situation for the staff and the users…see attached some initial ideas on what we have in mind to achieve externally. But also keen to explore building a solar cooker - using the sun to cook their food! NICE! Stonewood Design has roots in volunteering our skills for those in less fortunate positions - so this is right up our street and we are all very excited to get involved and do something awesome! 

As we approach Christmas we, at Stonewood Design, have decided to do something a little different this year - instead of our usual fun and games with cards and the odd bottle of wine - we are hoping to donate the equivalent money to a fantastic small rural NGO in South Africa. We are going out to South Africa in December to spend a week working with them to improve their buildings and the environment for the children.

The NGO is called Siyathuthuka who work with outpatients at their home - covering a large area by foot. Whilst attending their patients, the care-workers have identified approximately 100 children who are in vulnerable situations and in need of additional care and nutrition. 

Siyathuthuka has been given a piece of land to develop some buildings to house a safe haven for these children but also the wider community they are serving. At present they have managed to build the first building - basically comprising a double garage with a small area to the rear acting as a kitchen. These children are able to come here after school - be safe and get a good meal. The “Gogo’s” [older folk] are also involved which is exactly the right thing! 

What we often see in situations like this is that there is little money available - the quality is not great and the environment is not thought about at the outset. The result is that there is a space which has minimum windows and only two garage doors - so when its hot its HOT and when its raining - its DARK - and when its cold - its FREEZING! Simple interventions like a verandah to keep the strong sun away from the building helps, glazed doors / windows behind the garage doors would allow some light and ventilation [security is an issue and hence the garage doors], insulating the corrugated iron roofs, planting trees outside to allow natural shading of the building and a external play space for the children, can all work together to help improve the situation for the staff and the users…see attached some initial ideas on what we have in mind to achieve externally. But also keen to explore building a solar cooker - using the sun to cook their food! NICE!

Stonewood Design has roots in volunteering our skills for those in less fortunate positions - so this is right up our street and we are all very excited to get involved and do something awesome! 

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