The Oasis team in Grahamstown has been working hard to expand our activities to also include the development of young people through partnerships with existing initiatives. As part of this work, Oasis arranges regular meetings of the Grahamstown Youth Movement, consisting of youth organisations and church groups, to work together to empower young people from the community.
Oasis is in the process of planning other youth and community initiatives, while also working to achieve the original dream of establishing a community centre around the pre-school.
You can also visit a Google Album with some videos and photos from the past year by clicking here.
Luke & Jenny Wilkonson, also from the UK, visited us in August 2014 with a view of joining our team in the future. The photos below was taken by Jenny.
It was decided by the Trustees that we should buy the property and convert it into a pre-school in the interim, whilst our main goal was still in the process of being realised. We were able to do this with help from the friends of Rainbow Kidz – our sponsors. We wanted to get the children into the new pre-school with proper facilities. On April 16th 2007, Mary (Patron of Rainbow Kidz) visited Grahamstown to officially open the school. It was a very special event with over one hundred township people attending, the Town Mayor´s representative, the Bishop’s representative and the town´s Chief planning officer to name a few. Select Education UK also sent a representative to present us with a generous cheque! The school now has two large classrooms with proper facilities.
Rainbow Kidz was officially welcomed into the Oasis South Africa family in March 2012. The trustees of Rainbow Kidz and Oasis agreed that this will be the best way fulfill the original vision of developing an exciting community development project in the heart of one of Grahamstown’s most disadvantaged communities.
Our team in Grahamstown is made up of two pre-school teachers, Jenny and Betty, as well as Veronica, who manages the pre-school and is responsible for further developing the work of Oasis in the community.