RECONSTRUCTION PITTER PATTER

RECONSTRUCTION PITTER PATTER

RECONSTRUCTION

Reconstruction Pitter Patter finished

 

Most schools in Dunoon do not have enough space for the number of kids attending the school every day. Our partnerschool Pitter Patter was facing the same issue. The building served as a school and the home of the principal Chantel and her family at the same time. Therefore, the school had only three classrooms for 50 children and 15 babies.

In December 2022, we tackled the issue of space shortage! We rebuilt the entire building and separated the school from the family home. The result speaks for itself! The upper floor is the new home of Chantel, her husband and their three daughters and the whole lower floor is now divided into eight classrooms, four toilets and a kitchen. At the end of March 2023, the building project was completed and the school was able to celebrate its reopening!

SANITATION STANDARDS AT ZAMA EDUCARE

SANITATION STANDARDS AT ZAMA EDUCARE

Sanitation standards at zama educare

july 2022 – first infrastructure project at Zama

After the charity run in May, we discussed with the principal Thulani of our partner school Zama Educare about how we could best support the school with the collected donations as a first step. As with Pitter Patter, Zama also had no sanitary facilities, so it quickly became apparent that we were going to use some of the donations to tackle this need.

Thulani suggested where the toilets could best be installed and then a quote was obtained from a contractor in Cape Town. At the beginning of July the construction work started and 2 weeks later three toilets and the doors were installed. Thus, the first step towards “a hygienic basic infrastructure for the school” has been made! In total, the project ended up costing us CHF 2’040 and the expenses have more than paid for themselves. Thulani and the children are overjoyed and so are we!

Thulani and the children of Zama are overjoyed and so are we! By installing toilets, we can promote the health of the children and ultimately help them to learn better in a comfortable environment.

CLEAN UP DAY IN DUNOON

CLEAN UP DAY IN DUNOON

clean up day in dunoon

june 2022 – helping the community clean up the town

On the 16th of June was a Clean up day in Dunoon. It was organized by the early childhood development forum and the kids of Pitter Patter were part of it. We were asked if we would like to pay for the catering for the volunteers and the children, which we were of course very happy to do! The sandwiches were prepared by the teachers of Pitter Patter and in the end, they prepared more than 500 sandwiches for everybody and together they collected huge amounts of garbage. The day was a huge success!

The next day, we wanted to reward the children for their hard work by buying pizza for everyone at Pitter Patter. They loved it and we are so happy to see so many smiling faces!

CHARITY RUN

CHARITY RUN

CHARITY RUN

MAY 2022 – TOGETHER FOR EDUCATION

On May 1st our fundraising run for supporting our partner schools in Dunoon started. The goal was to reach 13,000 km together with all of you by May 31. This 13’000 km were symbolically chosen for the approximate geographical distance between Liechtenstein and Cape Town. We were well aware that this was an ambitious goal, but we strongly believed that we could do it! Because many things often seem impossible until someone has done it.

At the end of May we can proudly say that we even exceeded our goal!

Thanks to the many participants, we managed to run and bike over 15’000 km and generated an incredible donation amount of CHF 2’861!

We are incredibly grateful and proud of everyone who participated in May to support our partner schools! It has been proven once again that we can achieve a lot by doing it together.

As a first step, we will now use part of the donations for the infrastructure project at Zama Educare. The school has no sanitary facilities and therefore we will use the donations to equip the school with two toilets and two lavabos.

SANITATION PROJEKT / TOILETS FOR ZAMA

SANITATION PROJEKT / TOILETS FOR ZAMA

infrastruktur zama

UNSER ERSTER INFRASTRUKTURPROJEKT MIT ZAMA

Through Chantel, the principal of Pitter Patter Educare, Irina was able to get in touch with ZAMA Educare. As with Pitter Patter, COVID-19 has left extreme traces. The school lacks the financial means to buy the most important equipment for the school. There is a lack of chairs, desks, and school supplies. In addition, many parents can not pay the school fees, which unfortunately leads to the fact that Thulani, the principal, lacks the money to buy food for the children.

As a first step, we have therefore provided Thulani with the financial means to equip the school with chairs and tables and to buy a new cooking pot.

We are extremely proud that Thulani and her school are now part of our team and look forward to supporting them in the future!

JERSEYS FROM FC GAMS

JERSEYS FROM FC GAMS

JERSEYS FROM FC GAMS

APRIL 2022 – GAME TIME !

In February 2022 we received donations of old jerseys and gauntlets from the Gams Football Club. Gianna was able to prepare 4 packages and send them to Dunoon!  

At the beginning of April the packages finally arrived and the joy was overwhelming!  For the children, the T-shirts are a bit big, however, the father of one of our godchildren plays soccer and asked Chantel if he could have a few tricots for his soccer team, since they don’t have any tricots. 

We are just extremely proud to have made a small impact in the Dunoon sports community and will continue to support the soccer teams as much as possible. 

FINALLY BACK IN DUNOON

FINALLY BACK IN DUNOON

FINALLY BACK IN DUNOON

FEBRUAR 2022 – AFTER 2 YEARS IRINA IS BACK IN DUNOON

It was definitely one of the most emotional moments I’ve ever had! Chantel and I had been working together for over a year and were finally able to hug. After two years, I was finally back in this place that had shaped and changed my life so much. I was able to see with my own eyes how much we have accomplished together and how happy everyone is.  

Playing with the children again, dancing, singing and teaching them something was just an extremely enjoyable feeling and gave me a lot of strength and motivation for the future! It is always impressive how little these children have and yet how happy they are. Unfortunately, the 14 days went by way too fast and saying goodbye was extremely hard. However, I can hardly wait to see everyone again and am already very excited to see what we will accomplish by then: There is still a lot to do.  

I am absolutely convinced that together we will achieve everything we are aiming for! 

CLOTHES AND TOYS FOR PITTER PATTER

CLOTHES AND TOYS FOR PITTER PATTER

CLOTHES AND TOYS FOR PITTER PATTER

Januar 2022 – 5 boxes full of clothes and toys

In October and November 2021 we received once again a lot of clothes and toys from generous donors. Gianna and Mauro packed them all in boxes, weighed them, and sent them by post to Pitter Patter. After about 2 months the packages have finally arrived at the school! For us it is always so enjoyable to see how we can bring joy to the children’s daily life! The kids’ smile also puts a smile on our faces and we can’t wait to pack and send new packages soon! 

GRADUATION 2021

GRADUATION 2021

GRADUATION 2021

december 2021 – finally a graduation celebration again

During COVID-19, Pitter Patter Educare had not been able to have a graduation ceremony. Therefore, it was extremely important to the principal, Chantel, to once again give the children a day of joy after this long time and to spoil them a bit. Together we planned the graduation party down to the smallest detail and outdid ourselves. Thanks to the numerous donations, we were able to give each child a backpack, a snack box as well as a water bottle and new shoes, plus a Happy Meal for lunch. For many children it was their first Happy Meal and the sparkle in their eyes showed how much they enjoyed it. The graduation party was a great success and we are already looking forward to the next one in December 2022! 

COOPERATION WITH GLOBAL SHAPERS CAPE TOWN

COOPERATION WITH GLOBAL SHAPERS CAPE TOWN

COOPERATION WITH GLOBAL SHAPERS CAPE TOWN

December 2021 – on-site support from global shapers

In December 2021, we got in touch with an association called Global Shapers (GS) in Cape Town. The GS exists all over the world. It is a communitiy of young dedicated people who try to support people in need and drive positive sustainable change. Together with the GS of Cape Town we have finished renovating Pitter Patter. The school got a temperature regulator, sinks were installed, lights were redone and the walls in the classrooms were repainted. Together we managed to create a learning environment where the children can play and learn. 

We are looking forward to many more projects with the Global Shaper Community!