Since 2007, 60 Grade 6 children from six schools in the area have been chosen annually to be a part of The Butterfly Project.
This an intense 3 week programme held at Roselands Outdoor Centre. It focuses on 3 main areas
All the activities this week are centered around personal growth. The children's very souls are nurtured. They are given the gift of unconditional love and plenty of undivided attention. Amid much laughter and song they are allowed to explore their strengths and develop the courage to be themselves and to overcome self- doubt.
Amongst other things they focus on:
Our hope is that children will develop a respect and love for their environment, which in turn will make them aware of their responsibility to conserve it. Many ‘hands on’ activities are included:
This week is focused on developing team work and leadership skills. Each child is given an opportunity to lead others, communication is encouraged, responsibility rewarded. The importance of goal setting is stressed and the attributes of a good team player are reinforced continually!
Activities this week include:
Throughout the Butterfly Project care is taken to ensure that all children understand the concepts discussed in both English and their home language.
The children are each given a journal, and are encouraged to express their thoughts. This provides a way to note their personal progress. Many a breakthrough has been seen from the writing of the children.
Counseling by qualified psychologists and social workers is available, monitoring by both Roselands and school staff is recorded. Much time and effort is put into building relationships based on trust with each child.
Our aim is to equip these needy youngsters with life skills, a sense of self-worth and a passion for change within their communities.
Established in 2011, this is a monthly club held on a Saturday morning at one of the participating churches in Richmond Centre, It is expressly for the youngsters who have been through the Butterfly Project at Roselands.
In recent years the Club has been split into catering for two age groups. On recognising the need to prepare the seniors for life after school, a Senior Buddyz Club for Gr 11 &12s now runs on a monthly basis. Topics such as: Applications for bursaries, job interview skills, Financial literacy, are covered.
Each senior who attends, is also loaned two study guides of their choice to assist them in achieving a higher standard in their exam results.
Leadership and accountability are encouraged and developed through a Leadership hike run for Gr 11 students who show potential, at the end of each year.
Regular attendants are rewarded with a special celebration at the end of each year. This normally includes an event that is both life changing, in that it offers a huge learning opportunity, while at the same time being fun. Recent examples have been a visit to Ushaka Marine World and The Playhouse Theatre.
Roselands Trust has partnered with St Mary's Anglican church over the last few years to run a local school soccer tournament for U14s’. Soccer and netball coaching has been run alongside the tournament, catering for the girls and those who don’t make the school teams! Kit is sponsored by a group of caring individuals in Canada and lunch for all the teams is sponsored by the different churches in the area. As many as 14 teams take to the field to compete for the much sought after Floating trophy and medals supplied by the Department of Sports and Recreation.
The Green Acre Remembrance Foundation
The Rayner Trust
Richmond Community Trust
DH Moosa Willowton Oil Foundation
Scottys Small Plant Hire
Toe-It Trailer Hire
Brian & Robyn Hull
St Johns DSG
Westville Senior Primary
Our Lady of Fatima
The Lords Caring Centre
Mike & Jenny Waterhouse
National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund
Department of Sports and Recreation
The Nemit Trust
The Greenacre Remembrance Foundation
The Donaldson Trust
Cordwalles Preparatory School
Willowton Oil Foundation
St Charles Preparatory School