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:

Week 1- Building self- esteem

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:

  • Personal health, hygiene and safety
  • Dealing with trauma, loss and abuse
  • Developing values and a sense of self respect

Week 2- Environmental awareness

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:

  • Visits to Tala Game Reserve, African Bird of Prey Sanctuary and the zoo
  • Workshops on birds, snakes, wetlands, pollution
  • Walks through indigenous bush
  • Nature studies
  • Clearing invasive weeds
  • River clean ups,
  • Permaculture, planting of trees and vegetables
  • Feedback on observations made through modeling with dough
  • Handling of the pets at Roselands
  • Soaking in the beautiful surroundings and feeling the peace of nature
  • Educational workshop by Fire-fighting team
  • Bushcamp experience

Week 3- Leadership and Group Dynamics

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:

  • The Amazing Race
  • Obstacle Course
  • Survival Mission
  • Orienteering
  • Mini Olympics
  • Abseiling
  • Paintball
  • School partnerships
  • Many more team challenges

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.

Experience the peace of God surrounded by the beauty of His creation.

Psalm 46.10 "Be still and know that I am God"