Abe Pretorius grew up in Vermaaklikheid. As a youngster, there was no dedicated place for children to kick a ball around, so they played in the street or someone’s yard. They dreamed of a grassy field where they could play their favourite sport: football, rugby, netball or cricket.
Abe has helped make this dream a reality. He volunteers his time to support the current generation of children with healthy outdoor play. He also keeps the field maintained, by using his weed-eater and the occasional loan of a lawnmower from a kind resident.
We know how important it is for children to be able to have a safe place to develop physical skills but the benefits of outside play extend beyond exercise. Sport helps children make new friends, have fun, learn to be a team member, learn about play fair and improve their self-esteem.
With the help of GivenGain, and the Duiwenhoks Conservancy, Abe hopes to purchase a lawnmower, and employ a grounds person to do the necessary weekly maintenance.
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Background & phase 1
The Vermaaklikheid community faces challenges that confront most rural communities in the Southern Cape: poverty, inadequate school facilities and limited employment opportunities.
Vermaaklikheid is isolated and many children do not complete their schooling. A lack of any facilities for our under 18 year-old residents contributes to alcohol and drug abuse and the petty crime to support these habits.
There are approximately 90 children under the age of 18.
In 2018, the community attempted to address some of these problems during a consultative process. A survey focussed its inquiry around an achievable goal: the establishment of a multi-use playing field and providing sports equipment for the children of the village. The survey was returned with unanimous support for the facility from 35 households.
Phase 2: A playing field and basic equipment - Completed
This phase included the following actions - all completed:
- Secured the land needed for the field.
- Cleared the land of highly invasive and resilient reed and other weeds.
- Raised funds from local land owners (approximately R60 000) and installed an irrigation system and access to a water supply.
- Supported the establishment of indigenous grass.
- Provided half-sized football goals for children and youth. Rugby pole extensions are to be added shortly in response to the community’s needs.
- Provided a weed-eater to cut the grass.
Phase 3 is the purchase of the lawnmower plus payment for an regular grounds person.