‘MOLO’ from Mfuleni

Much love from the kids at the Early Childhood Daycare Center INJONGO in Mfuleni, South Africa!

.. no mountain too high!

Towards the end of another great year, the Matchbox Action Team Iva, Jenna and Verena hiked up the beautiful Lions Head in Cape Town. Thanks girls, for your wonderful energies and great work!

We are looking forward to further wonderful achievements in 2017.

Welcome to Ivakele!

Welcome to Ivakele Xongwana in the Matchbox team!

Iva will represent Matchbox in the upgraded crèches on a daily base and will assist in the educational tasks on the ground.

As a mother of 2 year old Thandaza, she is passionate about children’s development, psychology and community work. Parallel to her new position as Matchbox ECD (Early Childhood Development) Facilitator, Iva is working towards qualification as professional in the area of education and children’s development. Together with our Health Facilitator Jenna Sue, Iva will be a huge contribution to the team.

It is wonderful to have her on board!

187 graduating children

From the 5 daycare centers Matchbox partners with in Mfuleni, 187 children graduated in December 2016. Over the past years, those children benefited enormously from the Matchbox work.

Not only save and hygienic kitchen and sanitary facilities and improved educational material contributed towards their development, but it is mainly the empowered social environment, which boosts their upbringing.

We wish those children can continue to unfold their talents and strengths, follow their visions and make the best from their future. We are very proud of them!

APART exhibition – great success!

The event in Düsseldorf was amazing: many friends and supporter joined us for the celebration of 5 years and 5 upgrading projects. Matchbox launched the new art initiative ‘JAHRESGABE‘ – for an annual contribution the participants can choose an art piece from a hand-picked collection of South African artists.

A huge THANK YOU to all those, who made this successful exhibition possible: Phillip Mall for stunning film and photos, the great team of WERKHAUS for generous production of all large and small scale prints, Studio JEHÄ for a unique location, Bernard and Hildegard Mang for providing authentic South African food, Sascha Krämer for more photos, DJ Mario Januskevicius for real good music, Nico Michel for lights, the EVENT Hotels for great vouchers, Fa. Bolten and Eckes-Granini for providing beer and juices!

The revenue will be used for the children’s benefit. Thank you!

APART – exhibition in Düsseldorf

APART – 5./6. March 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

After an amazing and successful exhibition last year August in Hamburg, we proudly present the impressive portrays and a short film by Photographer and Cameraman Phillip Mall, documenting our work in Mfuleni.

We also present the works of 10 youngsters from the Mfuleni community, who participated in our photo workshop and captured their sense of ‘HOME’.

More details about the event here.

Studio JeHä | Burghofstrasse 28 | 40223 Düsseldorf | Germany
5. March 2016 (from 5 pm) | 6. March 2016 (10 am – 4 pm)

upgrading Laphuma Ilanga

Neighbors and parents of Laphuma Ilanga were really excited as the converted container was set-up.
They were hands-on involved into the preparations and beautification of the new facility.
Thanks to many friends of the Center and lots of children, the new kitchen and bathroomd were painted beautifully. The principal Nomabhele Xongwana and her family plan to not only cater for the children of their daycare center, but also to expand the community feeding scheme through the new facility.

upgrading Mzamomphle

Kids and care giver were really excited as the new container got delivered. Craftsmen and parents from the neighborhood helped in the construction of roof and stoep, the connection of water and electricity, and most importantly in the beautification in and outside the new kitchen and bathrooms.

Thanks to everyone for your help!! Now the kids are even more excited ..


happy kids

Check out what’s going on at the Mzamomphle crèche as we set up the new container ..

more Upgrades

Matchbox is upgrading the next 2 daycare centers in Mfuleni: Mzamomphle ECD Center currently accommodates 150 children, whereas 40 children visit the ECD Section of the Laphuma Ilanga Center. Beyond the children’s daycare, Laphuma Ilanga contributes to the community as Senior’s Club, library, soup kitchen, church and hospice.

Both Centers lack the basic infrastructure such as cooking and washing facilities. Currently care givers, parents and neighbors are enthusiastically involved in the upgrade process.