From the 9th to the 13th of March 2020 Utho Ngathi Disability Projects trained 12 Young People from Soweto in Home Based Care for Persons with Disabilities. Our own Home Based Care Manual was used for this 5 Day training. 12 Young People from Soweto attended our Training and gained knowledge and practical experience on 4 Modules, essential for the Home Based Care for Persons with Disabilities and their Families. The content of the training equipped the Learners for the Home Based Care Training Practical in House Holds of Persons with Disabilities.
Our learners were very interested and eager to learn more about Disabilities and the importance of Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the daily life of our communities. We are planning to involve these 12 young people in our Home Based Care Project within Soweto. We have to develop a fundraising strategy for this important project.
Utho Ngathi Family commemorated the International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2018 in Zambia, Southern Province. We joined and participated in a beautiful march organized by the local stakeholders, including our Zambia office team. The main objective for us is to always shine light and bring more awareness on the importance and the need of an inclusive society for persons with disabilities.
We are thankful to everyone who participated on our 4rd Annual Evonik Charity Golf Day and for their continuous contribution and support in our work to make inclusion a solution for every person with disabilities. The proceeds of this Gold Day goes to the support of Utho Ngathi Disability Project’s sustainable Inclusive Chicken Farm Macubeni where persons with disabilities/ family members of persons with disability are producing broiler chickens and eggs to sell to the community. This helps with the upskilling and capacitating persons with disabilities to be economic contributing members of society.
We just planted new seedlings in our Greenhouse tunnel in Orlando East/ Soweto. n the picture, Katherine and Yusuf were the "super humans of the day". Katherine visited us from Germany and helped us plant the new seedlings. We enjoyed having her in the tunnel and cant wait to send her pictures when the seedlings have fully grown. In two days we planted 1000 Spinach, 200 Green Pepper, 100 Chillies, 100 Kale seedlings from a big nursery in East London. Before we started planting the ground was prepared with our own chicken manure from our Inclusive Chicken Farm Macubeni. The sales of our fresh produce will start in 6 weeks from now.
Evonik Industries together with Utho Ngathi Disability Projects celebrated World Egg Day on Saturday 13th of October 2018, at Mac’s Farmyard. Living up to our motto of “Inclusion the solution”, we once again planned this year’s celebration to be inclusive of all children from different walks of life. We had children coming from a school for children with disabilities, kids from our partner organization which works with and for Orphans and vulnerable children, the last group of children was from staff members of Evonik Industries and Utho Ngathi Disability Projects. One of the most beautiful things about this day was that you could hardly ever spot which child is from what background as they were all just playing, running around and enjoying the festivities of the day. We had various egg related games such as, assistive devices (wheelchair and crutches) races, spoon race, egg toss and many more. Once again we had a successful event proudly sponsored by Evonik Industries, Animal Nutrition Department. They also prepared a short presentation about eggs and their benefits in our everyday lives.
Once again this year (2019) we had the honor of celebrating World Egg Day with our own twist of making it a family fun day. Together with staff of Evonik Africa- Midrand we celebrated the day with kids from Soweto that come from different challenges and social backgrounds. For some it was their first time visiting a Zoo and seeing wild animals live. Apart from the games and activities which were planned throughout various station within the Zoo we had set-up, the kids absolutely enjoyed interacting with some animals through touching, feeding and reading fun facts about the animal. The day was both educational and fun for all who attended, they all left with beaming smiles and looking forward to the next World Egg Day and Family Fun Day. We are thankful to the team at Evonik Africa –Midrand for making this day possible and Lory Park Zoo for hosting us and having accessible space and facilities for those with disabilities.
Just like everyone around the country and globe at large who resonates with the spirit of the late Nelson Mandela, we also had the opportunity to celebrate Mandela Day 2019 with the German Ambassador to South Africa -Martin Schäfer and his team and many other different individuals from partner organizations in and around the community of Orlando East. We worked together in the spirit of Nelson Mandela to make our communities a better place to live by promoting awareness around inclusion and disability, planting in our greenhouse tunnel, promoting healthy eating and addressing the issue of littering and keeping our environment clean. We thank everyone who contributed to the planning and participating on this wonderful and productive day.
Once again this year we celebrated our 5th Annual Charity Golf Day hosted by Evonik Industries- Midrand at the prestigious Centurion Country Club. It was a beautiful and warm winter’s day well spent. We thank all who participated in the tournament and everyone who works behind the scenes and “off the green” to make this day a success year in and year out. Your continuous support is highly appreciated.
We organized the 1st Fundraiser for the Life Journey Program for Persons with Disabilities at a Golf Club in Johannesburg. You can imagine that we were very excited that 70 guests from different companies like Evonik Industries, Siemens, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Roehm, CE Mobility, First National Bank and also the South African Department of Social Development and the German Embassy honored our Invitation. We had a very interesting program with short speeches, a raffle and auction and the handover of 3 specialized E-Wheelchairs with trailers donated by Siemens. Through this exciting event we were able to bring our work and vision with and for Persons with Disabilities much closer to the guests. We were able to raise some Funds for the Life Journey Program through donations from Companies, the Raffle and Auction of different Items such as a painting from a Zambian Artist, three original hand-signed Soccer Balls and Jerseys from the German Soccer Club BVB Dortmund and other items. We are looking forward to our Fundraising Braai 2021.