Devon Centocow Link

We are a registered charity and community support group linking people in Devon UK with a rural village in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Our special interest is in children and young people’s education and welfare. We aim to fund training for teachers and young people and to help resource schools, pre-schools and educational initiatives.

Children arriving at Pre-School

Rural Pre-school teachers of the Centocow area need your support

Dedicated teachers in 60 rural pre-schools around the Centocow area of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa work on a voluntary basis in very inadequately buildings with few resources..

60 rural pre-schools share resources and support each other with ideas for good practice helping each other with funding applications.
Devon Centocow Link is committed to paying the teachers’ travel costs to their meetings and for maintaining a few essential resources such as scissors crayons and glue. See here for more information about our work with the pre-schools.

Please consider a monthly donation, however small, in order for us to continue this basic support

Latest Posts

  • Food Parcels and PPE for the Pre-schools?

    As the lockdown changes both here in the UK and in S. Africa, please help us to send money for food parcels to the Pre-school teachers who are still unable to re-open their creche’s due to the strict rules around PPE, No child can access a pre-school without having a covid temperature check and be wearing a face mask.

    pre-school interior

    Can you help us with money for Food Parcels and PPE
    for the Pre-schools?

    The effects of Covid 19 in South Africa have really impacted on the poor in rural communities as my earlier update explained. The letter below is from Zimbili who works as our liaison project worker with the Pre-schools and is the co-ordinator of our partners in the Family Literacy Project.

    Zimbili tells us

    “The Family Literacy Project has been challenged financially with the effects of Lock Down and the staff had to take a cut in their salaries. Those with commitments to school funding are struggling to cope. Information on getting grants for higher education is hard to find.

    FLP has not been open but working on line. This seems to be working very well and reaching more children using WhatsApp messages and normal messages via cellphone. On WhatsApp I included the pre-school teachers to give them activities to do with young children during this hard time.

    Schools and pre-schools have been back since the middle of August.

    There are special precautions; those with many children alternate, for example only 3 classes per day to maintain social distancing. Creches, (pre-schools) are also open but not all, only those who are funded. It is not easy to buy sanitizer, masks and water. They also have not received any food parcels.

    In South Africa the virus is still a big challenge; people are dying, more especially now we are in level 2 of lockdown.”

    Can you help us with money for Food Parcels and PPE
    for the Pre-schools?

Social and Community Care Workers

How can their expertise be shared across the two countries?

Teachers

Good teachers everywhere understand that the best future for their pupils lies in a good education.

Teachers are juggling the demands of changing curricula with the welfare of children in their care.

Links for Teacher’s[

Young People and Aids

Young people from Devon get connected to KZN in South Africa. Websites from Devon and SA give a voice to young people facing the stigma of being HIV positive. Lets Talk.
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Support our latest Project

Thanks to funding from the Simmons Grant Fund administered by the Quakers, Devon Centocow Link is pleased to be able to contribute to the funding of an exciting new project for teenage girls in Centocow.

Sibongile - Director of WLTP

Sibongile Mtungwa

Sibongile Mtungwa who grew up in this rural area was trained under the Women’s Leadership Training Programme (WLTP) in 1994. From a shy unassertive rural girl with the traditional prospects of an early marriage and the limitation of her background, she threw herself into the reflective and empowering principles of growth and development which underpin the training. After studying for a degree in Development Studies in Dublin University, Sibongile became the director of the WLTP in 2008

WLTP is a non for profit organisation which began in 1985. The aim of this project is to bring about changes in gender relationships. Girls will be empowered to advocate for their education and gender rights. They will be shown the educational and vocational opportunities which exist for them when they delay pregnancies and teenage marriages and learn how to refuse the roles which are culturally expected of them.

Sibongile will now return to her home area to train a group of 24 girls. From a 3 day residential workshop the girls will work together supported by their school and volunteers and work on building self- confidence, knowledge and broadening their world view. There are practical skills too which will enable some to find employment in birding in the local environment which is rich in biodiversity and rare indigenous forests well known for the variety of birds. Amakhuze and Madzikane, (nearby areas) both contain some of these precious indigenous forests and the newly trained girls could become involved in identifying and preserving different species of wildlife in their areas.

We wish Sibongile all the best in this new training scheme and look forward to developing our relationship with her and finding out more about the outcomes.
Read more information about the Women’s Leadership training Programme here

Latest Posts

  • Food Parcels and PPE for the Pre-schools?
    As the lockdown changes both here in the UK and in S. Africa, please help us to send money for food parcels to the Pre-school teachers who are still unable to re-open their creche’s due to the strict rules around PPE,… Read moreFood Parcels and PPE for the Pre-schools?
  • Annual Report for 2019-20
    We have just published our first annual report and accounts as a registered charity. In it we review the activities of 2019-20 and look forward to the coming year.
  • Covid 19: Strategies in South Africa compared to the UK
    Covid 19: Strategies in S.Africa compared to the UK. In both countries there has been controversy over the timing and easing of lock down and the reopening of schools. the financial cost has been colossal and will have long reaching effects on the economy and particularly badly hit will be those losing their jobs and the poorest in the community
  • How Far would you Walk to School ?
    Help us to raise money for our joint projects for children’s education in South Africa and Uganda Children who walk 6 km to school know the value their education and the funds you raise will help them to a better start in areas where resources and teacher training are in short supply.
  • Devon to Centocow – Highlights from a recent visit
    Arrival;  springtime It was mid-October when I arrived in Centocow again. It was spring which in terms of the weather could mean anything but in terms of Climate Change meant drought. The last rain had been in April. The grass… Read moreDevon to Centocow – Highlights from a recent visit
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