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 DETD donate gifts to Wolmer Community Projects

By Sgt Thabang Bapela, Ad Astra magazine

Members with their spouses from the Directorate Education, Training and Development (DETD) had on 31 May 2008 visited and donated blankets, fruits and sweets to the Wolmer Community Project, north of Pretoria, which caters for thirty pre-school learners. It also feeds sixty to seventy school kids at “Kwaggaspoort Reddingsdaad” Project.

The “Kwaggapoort Reddingsdaad” facilities accommodate approximately forty families that live in “wendy” houses and tents. They were also given blankets, second-hand clothes, fruits and food.

They survive from the donations they receive from the people of Kwaggaspoort and they also do a number of activities such as knitting and selling of the material they produce to churches. “Kwaggaspoort Reddingsdaad” project is a self-help community project.

The Wolmer Community Project is an interdenominational welfare project that was established in 1996 by the Director of Housing Services of the Tshwane Metro in Wolmer, Pretoria-North, in cooperation with volunteers.

According to Mr Stephen Nell, the Project Manager, said the project was registered as a non-profit organisation. It has an approved constitution and an effective management team. All services are given free and only a few volunteers get some nominal remuneration.

The project provides community services such as the daily feeding of school children and adults, collection and supply of furniture and household appliances, supply of school uniforms, supporting the aged, the handicapped and the sick, professional psychologist and therapy to the molested and family violence victims.

Furthermore, Mrs Gersa Beeslaar from DETD, said that the directorate would like to get more involved in these projects and thus need more support from Air Force members in order to execute this responsibility.

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