Regular Supporters of Umusa:
Netcare Margate Private Hospital, Methodist Ladies Auxiliary Group, Pro Deo Care Group
Families : Venter , Greer, Marsh, Smith, Kidson, Vermeulen
Umusa Community Projects are provided in the Ugu District of KwaZulu Natal where 86% of the population live in disadvantaged rural and deep rural areas.
We believe that working in partnership with communities, beneficiaries, traditional leaders, government and the business sector as well as maintaining string and lasting relationships with our donors – results in the most positive outcomes for beneficiaries. THE PRINCIPAL OF UBUNTU APPLIES – “IF YOU ARE WELL WE ARE ALL WELL”.
Your donations, financial gifting and “goods in kind” ensures that:
TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE.
Account Name: Umusa Community Projects NPC
Bank: Nedbank Margate
Account type: Current Account
Account number: 1103249509
Branch Code: 180005
SWIFT Code: NEDSZAJJ
Please quote a reference – Early Learning, Disabled Children, IT and Computers or Care Facility to ensure that your Gift reaches the intended beneficiaries.
“Positively and Practically impacting the lives of Vulnerable people”
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND NUTRITION PROGRAM
The ECD Center commenced in Nositha in early 2009 specifically for orphaned and vulnerable children, cared for by old women in the community who could not afford early learning opportunities for their children. 3 Unemployed women in Nositha were trained on the BrainBoosters Early Childhood Development Methodology and currently 30 children aged 4-5 years old are on the program each year, prior to being enrolled in the community government school.
Children learn the building blocks for all future learning through modules on Colours, Shapes,Numbers, My Body, Animals and Food and participate in fun activities and nutritious meals and snacks to ensure healthy development. The Center furthermore serves as a reference site where families and children at risk are identified, assisted and where required referred to Social Workers for Disability, Pension and Child Grants or additional services.
Umusa entered into partnership with the progressive Mkhatshana J.S. School because of their focus on Computer Training for 400 learners, school leavers and community members – providing access to the Internet for Banking and other services – opening a whole world of information at the IT Laboratory.
A Career Expo is hosted annually to guide learners, their parents and teachers on career opportunities.
DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
Children with profound disabilities are often cared for in institutions that can ill afford specialized services. In close cooperation with Government Hospital Rehabilitation Teams who visit the centers on a monthly basis. The Umusa therapists provides therapy to 90 children at three centers 2 – 3 times a week to develop every child to his/her full potential and improve their quality of life.
Passive exercises focus mainly on improving the mobility of Children to prevent further contractures and muscle and skeletal atrophy. Play therapy is used as a therapeutic intervention to help children interact with others, develop relationships, minimize aggressive behaviour, improve speech and other communication skills. Music therapy is not only fun but also increases attention span and acts as a medium for pain management. The BrainBoosters methodology, African Nursery Rhymes and Stories, basic independence skills and caregiver training contributes to the children’s well being. Nutrition forms an integral of improving skin integrity, growth and development. /DEMENTIA
RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY FOR BRAIN AND NEUROLOGICALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
Summerlee House commenced 17 years ago with the near fatal parachute accident of Ted Summerlee that left him as a paraplegic. Situated in Ramsgate, Summerlee provides 24 hour care and rehabilitation to 8 patients who are brain or spinal injured or who suffer from other mental challenges ( Stroke, Alzheimer, Dementia). Summerlee also provides care as a Step-down Facility for patients who have been discharged from hospital but require further rehabilitative care. Respite Care is provided to patients who are being cared for by their families who need a well deserved break.
People can also visit Summerlee House for passive exercises, massage, water therapy and individual rehabilitation services.
MENTORING AND CAPACITY BUILDING OF THE OTHANDWENI CEREBRAL PALSY CENTRE
Solera International (Pty) Ltd. built a facility for 15 residential and 10 Day care children with profound mental and physical disabilities in the Gamalakhe community. Umusa was appointed as the mentors to build capacity of the 6 Board members and 12 staff, act as the funding conduit for the South African subsidiary of Solera, Audatex (Pty) Ltd. The Umusa therapist provides occupational and developmental therapy to the 23 children.
As early as 2009, work commenced with Early Learning for vulnerable children, Developmental Therapy for profoundly disabled children and the care of brain and neurologically impaired people, 19 years ago.
In 2015 the different projects were incorporated and registered under the name.
Umusa Community Projects NPC
Non Profit Company registration: NPC 2015/076173/08
Registration with NPO Directorate: 160-234 NPO
Public Benefits Organization: 930054593 (for the issue of Section 18 A Receipts to donors for Tax Deduction purposes)
Umusa is the Zulu word for “Grace” and the Vision is:
To positively and practically impact the lives of vulnerable people.
with a Mission to:
|Chairperson : Pastor Larry Elliott provides overall oversight of the Organization’s activities and good governance and fiduciary responsibilities of the Board.|
|Deputy Chair: Mthunzi Mbewana brings valuable experience as a principal of a Community School|
|Medical Director: Dr. Brendan Singh, Head od Trauma at a Private Healthcare Group, advises on all medial matters and liaise with patient’s doctors where required.|
|Medical Director: Dr. Femi Olowookorun is with Department of Health and is responsible for liaison with other Government Departments|
|Early Education Member : Maud Zongwana is a retired community school teacher and takes an active interest and gives input into the Early Learning Program|
Manager Summerlee House/Developmental Therapist
Admin/Finance and Resource Development
Schalk Coetzee: 072 655 8576 Nositha Early Learning and Nutrition Centre:
Kim Nell: 0825695736 Summerlee Care Facility and Developmental Therapy:
Elize Coetzee: 083 556 7825 Resource Development/ Finance and Admin:
Where you can find us:
63, D164 Fascardale
Summerlee House Care Facility and Therapist
1509 Beaumont Street
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