30 Year Celebration - June 2021

30 Years of the Gateway taking people from poverty to prosperity.  20 weeks to D-DAY!!

 

It is now less than 20 weeks until we celebrate the handing over of the “keys” to the Old Prison by the Department of Public Works.

Our “fundraiser” of 30’s has been launched and we will run this though until October 2021.

We request you all to donate R30, £30, $30 or €30 to our “renovate the Chapel” fundraiser.  Our total requirement is R130,000. (One hundred and thirty thousand rands;  £6,500; US$ 8,500 or €7,500.) for the refurbishment of the Chapel.

 

We used the resources of one of the visiting teams to assist with the building of a wall in the pre-school building which gave an extra room which was used as the pre-school grew each year.   We were also teaching Adult Basic Education in various communities around the city and as far afield as Msinga and Keet’s Drift.

 

We mentioned last month about the feeding scheme and the Ntsika Award.  So for this month we wish to remind everyone how we opened the Gateway School of Fashion during 2008.  Since the early 1990’s Edith and her Teams were teaching people from all communities the skill of sewing.  One day a funder asked to bring 2 ladies form the UK to Project Gateway to show them around.  A Very long story short is that this visits resulted in us opening the Gateway School of Fashion in 2008 with the help and support from world renowned designer Karen Millen (OBE) and the Principal of Fashion from the University of Creative Arts, Rochester (UK) Sheelagh Wright.  They guided us and helped us to steer this empowering programme which to date had helped almost 250 young out of school, unemployed youth to learn Fashion and generate an income for themselves and their families.  During 2020 we managed to complete a survey of 14 of the learners which highlights their concerns regarding life in general.  This is with the help of the international “Green-light” programme and we will work with them again during 2021 to see how Project Gateway can assist the families and learners as to how they can improve those difficult areas of their lives.