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Het jaar is weer voorbij en als kleine stichting zijn wij enorm blij met de grote resultaten die wij hebben behaald in het afgelopen jaar. 2017 was een jaar waarin kleine en grote sponsoren ons hebben geholpen om een aantal klussen in het Sithand’Izingane project in Tsakane te verwezenlijken. Er waren zelfs spontane acties waarbij mensen per WhatsApp collega’s opriepen om ons te helpen bij de aanschaf van dekens in de koude Afrikaanse winter. Er waren sportieve acties waarbij scholieren via hardloop en wandel activiteiten geld doneerden aan de stichting, en er zijn nu ook sponsoren die het op prijs stellen om een langdurige relatie met de stichting op te zetten.

Stichting Abantwane Belanga is enorm blij met al deze steun vanuit familie, vrienden, collega’s, relaties en mensen die ons op een andere manier hebben ontdekt. Steun in welke vorm dan ook, groot en klein is belangrijk voor de verdere ontwikkeling van het project, en voor het bouwen aan die betere, veiligere en gezonde wereld voor de 1148 kinderen, jongeren en hun families van het Sithand’Izingane project.

Het jaarverslag 2017 laat zien op welke wijze wij het geld hebben besteed. Het komende jaar zullen wij ook financieel en materieel het project blijven ondersteunen. De grote stalen constructie staat op zijn plek, het klaslokaal is gebouwd, maar nu is het tijd om de afwerking te realiseren (vloertegels; electriciteit; meubilair etc.), het definitieve dak te plaatsen en ook het podium te bouwen.

Via onze website en onze Facebook pagina zullen wij iedereen op de hoogte houden van de werkzaamheden. Mochten er vragen zijn naar aanleiding van het jaarverslag dan kunt u contact met ons opnemen via

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Many things have happened during the last few months and we will tell something about it:

BUILDING ACTIVITIES: In the past few months we tried to find sponsors to help us with the building of the concreet floor and classroom under the big steel structure BOMA. Especially from our international network in Germany and also from the Netherlands itself we received good news. Thanks to GLOBAL Exploration / Wilde Ganzen Netherlands and also the Dominican Congregation Germany we received a big amount for the building project. The amount we received was even big enough to built the concreet floor, but also start to built the rough structure for the classroom. Or foundation funded the steel structure last year and we are very delighted that we managed to have other sponsors on board from Germany and the Netherlands. Last week (25 Sept.) the building company started with the foundations and preparations for the concreet floor and also building the classroom that will be used as Youth Centre. The 3rd and last fase of the building project will be the building of a small stage for performances, but also the finishing tough for the classroom like electricity, lighting, gutters, ceiling etc.

BLANKETS CAMPAIGN:  In July We had a visitor from the Netherlands Ms. Karin Jordens from the RoyalHaskoningDHV company. Karin knows the project already for some time, and during her last visit Maarten promissed to walk with her into the township together with one of the fieldworkers. On our way to the project we spoke about all kind of things and also about winter in Afrika. Karin started a WhatsApp Campaign and asked her colleagues and friends in the Netherlands to support her in her campaign to buy blankets for the children. Within no-time Karin organised a big amount of money for the blankets, and at the end of the afternoon she also organised a skype meeting with almost all her sponsors to announce the outcome of this WhatsApp campaign. The 900 euro is made available to Abantwane Belanga to buy all the blankets.

WORTEL36 – Maintenance crew:  Not really a name that is very known to many, but it is the title for Ronald, Johan, Hugo, Remy, Janou & Wesley from Ulestraten – Netherlands. Ronald is our secretary and together with his friends and their sons, they travelled to SA to the project to do maintenance work at the project. In July the 6 men started at the project and within no-time and with a lot of energy and humor they did a lot of small jobs. Renewal of our board room, new watertabs, new toilet seats, lighting, new doors, ceiling, renewal of some of the washing basins, fixed some of the leaking pipes etc etc. During their maintenance work the WORTEL36 group also did a blanket campaign and after 3 weeks there was another wonderful donation.

In total we could transfer 2345 euro into the the Abantwane Bank Account thanks to RoyalHaskoningDHV and WORTEL36. In total we could buy 85 blankets for our children.

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The building project as we started it in 2016 is in progress. The steel structure and the big roof (LAPA) are ready and as you look at it, it really is a big building. It was not always easy and every now and then there where discussions with the building company. But after a few months, the LAPA is at his place and almost ready.

This year we hope (with financial support from sponsors) to finalise the cement floor and foundations, so that we can start using the LAPA als Youth Centre for our Youth of Sithand’Izingane but also for events at the project. At his moment there are serious talks with possible sponsors who are willing to help us. We already have a financial commitment from Global Exploration / Wild Geeze Netherlands and a 2nd sponsor is almost convinced to support us. We are waiting for technical drawings from the building company.

Planning for this year: cement floor 12 x 30 mtr; foundation for classroom 12 x 6 mtr and stage 12 x 6. mtr.

LAPA in progress

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After several years of asking our friends and followers of our foundation to support us, we are very  delighted to announce that we started building the Steel Structure on the plot of the Sithand’Izingane care project in the Tsakane – Kwathema Township. Some weeks ago the cement and sand was delivered and yesterday  the team from SM-STRUCTURES arrived and started digging the foundations.

We are very proud that our Foundation, thanks to all our sponsors, is able to finance the Steel Structure and that we also can continue building the 2 storage rooms & stage after the Structure is in place. First of all the cement floor must be put in place and drawings for the classrooms are being prepared.

We also received a wonderful donation from WILDE GANZEN / Global Exploration Netherlands that we will use for the upgrade of our sewerage system, drains and pipes.

Yesterday we could start the building process and if everything is working according to the plan the Steel Structure will be ready 2nd week of July.

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Donation St. Franciscus school – Netherlands received with thanks

On the 29th of March, Ronald en Miran Pluimakers from the Abantwane Belanga Foundation visited the Sithand’Izingane project. No just a visit, but a visit with a special purpose. Both Ronald and Miran visited the project to deliver a cheque on behalf of the learners from the St. Franciscus primary school in the Netherlands. This cheque was handed over to them just a few days before.

The second present that they brought to the project was a whole bunch of plates and cups. This was already for some time on the wish list because the current plates and cups needed to be replaced. On behalf of the foundation and on behalf of the clients of Miran’s hair salon this wish could be fulfilled. 300 colourful plates and 300 colourful cups are now in use for the feeding scheme.

The cheque of 2000 Euro / ZAR 35000 was handed over to Sr. Mary Tuck – funder of the project and Ms. Thembi Aphane – project manager. As you know it is a kind of tradition to celebrate a donation like this, and therefore there was a lovely afternoon with music, singing, dance and some nice speeches from the children and Thembi Aphane.

The money that was handed over will be used for the new building (BOMA) and in consultation with the management a part of the donation will also be used for some urgent maintenance issues.

On behalf of all the children from Sithand’Izingane we would like to thank all the children from the St. Franciscus primary school for this wonderful donation. The building project started already last week and the first preparations are busy.


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Just like last year we also organised our Christmas Funding in 2015. Friends, Family, colleagues, former and current volunteers, friends of our foundation received a few messages about our Funding. The accent for this year was focussed on maintenance and building a new BHOMA. As the foundation we would like to share and support with financial support but also helping to create the technical drawings and at the time of building also lend a hand.

After a few messages about the plans, the first very nice and warm response arrived in our postbox. Also the first donations arrived into our account. Even via the donation website some spontaneous donations arrived. So every now and then our treasurer sent us an update and the message that somebody would love to donate but didn’t know hoe to do this. After 2-months the counter has stopped and we reached a wonderful and final amount. Thanks to the weak South African Rand we can transfer the euro’s into a lot of Rands. It is a wonderful donation for the project.

We spoke to the project and agreed tha tee will leave the final amount in our foundation account until the moment has arrived that the building preparations process will start. Talks are underway with the project board members about the way forward, and within a few weeks the board will tell us te name of the person who will be responsible for the building process.

The BHOMA will have about 400 seats for our children and also a small stage where we can perform during events. The BHOMA is the first step in a range of building plans that will take place in 2016 – 2017.

The FINAL AMOUNT that we can hand over to the project on behalf of our foundation:

EUR 1775 or ZAR 32021,75

As a foundation we are very happy and pleased that there are so many people who love to support the work we are doing for the project. It is wonderful to experience that people want to hold hands with us, and that gives hope for a bright future for the project.

On behalf of the foundation we would like to say THANK YOU for your wonderful donation, that will help us to create the dream of  the Sithand’Izingane project and the building of the BHOMA in 2016 – 2017


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In Juli en Augustus 2015 werd het Sithand’Izingane project bezocht door GLOBAL EXPLORATION – Nederland. Twee scholen uit Limburg te weten Stella Maris uit Maastricht en Bernardinus college uit Heerlen, kwamen een aantal dagen naar het project om in het kader van hun Wereldburgerschap een aantal activiteiten te ontplooien. Een van de leerlingen heeft een mooie brief gestuurd en deze willen wij graag met onze lezers delen.

….. Mijn naam is Fleur Borghans en ik heb deze zomer met Global Exploration een reis gemaakt naar Zuid-Afrika. Hier hebben we verschillende projecten bezocht. Een daarvan was het Sithand’Izingane care project in Johannesburg. Dit was het eerste project dat we bezochten dus ik was erg benieuwd wat me te wachten stond. Na een lange vlucht kwamen we ’s avonds laat aan bij het Sithand’Izingane care project. Hier werden we voorgesteld aan Maarten, een van de medewerkers bij het project, en aan zijn vrouw Anke. Maarten is naast vrijwilliger bij het project, contactpersoon van Global Exploration. Verder zijn Anke en Maarten, samen met Miran en Ronald uit Ulestraten, mede oprichters van Stichting Abantwane Belanga die het Sithand’Izingane care project ondersteunt. Maarten en Anke vertelden ons uitgebreid over het project en wat het inhoud.

De volgende dag moesten we al vroeg het bed uit. Omdat alle kinderen vakantie hadden en dus geen school kwamen ze vroeg in de ochtend al naar het project. Zo rond 8 uur begon het terrein vol te stromen met kinderen. De eerste paar minuutjes was het voor zowel de kinderen als onze Global groep allemaal nog een beetje spannend maar al snel brak het ijs. We werden hartelijk verwelkomd met verschillende dansen, liedjes en gebeden. We hebben de hele dag spelletjes gespeeld, dansjes gedaan en gezongen. Alle kinderen waren super lief, enthousiast en ze deden niets liever dan de hele dag gezellig aan je hangen en met je spelen. Kortom de eerste dag was al een groot succes!

De daarop volgende dagen was het tijd om de handen uit de mouwen te steken! Ons Let’s work project bestond hier uit het schuren, schoonmaken en schilderen van de omheining van het terrein. Ook dit was erg leuk om te doen; de zon scheen lekker, we hadden boxjes voor muziek meegenomen en de teamspirit zat er goed in. Na ongeveer 3 dagen zat ons deel van het schilderwerk erop. Het andere deel zou gedaan worden door het Bernardinus College die de week erop naar het project zou komen.

Naast het Let’s work project zijn er ook nog een heleboel andere leuke activiteiten geweest. We hadden een voetbalwedstrijd georganiseerd (Nederland – Zuid-Afrika), er werden kinderen geschminkt, ballondieren gemaakt, we hebben een wandeling door de townships gemaakt en ook hebben we nog een traditionele Afrikaanse dans gezien.

Kortom, ik heb het heel erg naar mijn zin gehad en ik vind het echt geweldig om te zien wat voor ontzettend goed werk Sithand’Izingane care project doet!………..

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Maastrichts Mooiste sponsor event groot succes

Dit jaar hebben wij meegedaan aan het hardloop evenement “Maastrichts Mooiste 2015”, dat dit jaar voor de tiende keer werd georganiseerd.
Deelnemers konden kiezen uit de 5 en 10 kilometer, de 10 Engelse Mijl, en diverse korte kids runs. Ronald onze penningmeester, een enthousiaste loper deed mee aan de 5 kilometer run. Het LIOF in Maastricht doet ook mee aan dit loopfestijn en heeft dit daarom omgedoopt tot “LIOf’s Mooiste”. Samen met hun klanten willen ze ongedwongen en sportief enkele uurtjes doorbrengen.
Naast het sportieve element wordt er jaarlijks ook een goed doel gekozen en ondersteunt, en voor 2015 werd dat de Stichting Abantwane Belanga. 
Jérôme Verhagen, directeur LIOF gaf na afloop van het hardloop evenement een kleine toespraak en aan het einde daarvan hebben wij als Stichting de mooie cheque van €1500 mogen ontvangen. Ronald gaf na afloop van de overhandiging nog een kleine presentatie over het werk van de stichting.
Wij bedanken natuurlijk alle sponsoren die via het LIOF het werk van onze stichting ondersteunen. Via deze website en via Facebook houden wij iedereen op de hoogte van de vorderingen en hoe wij het geld inzetten voor het verbeteren van het welzijn van de kinderen in het project.


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Fundraising event; big succes

This year we joined the run event “Maastrichts Mooiste 2015”, that was organised for the 10th time. Participants could choose between the 5 and 10 kilometer, the 10 English Mile, and for the children there where some kids runs. Ronald our treasurer and runner joined the  5 km run. The LIOF in Maastricht – Netherlands  is also participating during this event and therefore they changed the name in “LIOf’s Mooiste”. Together with all their clients they like to share  some time in an enjoyable and sporting environment.
Next to the sporting element there is also a annual good cause that is supported by all the runners, and for 2015 the Abantwane Belanga Foundation was the chosen good cause.
Jérôme Verhagen, managing director of LIOF gave a short address to the public at the end of the event, and he delivered a beautiful cheque with the amount of  €1500 for the Foundation. Ronald did a short presentation about the foundation and the work we are doing .
We would like to say: “thank you” to all the sponsors who, thanks to the LIOF, gave their support to our work for the children of the Sithand’Izingane project.
Via this website and Facebook we will keep you informed about the progress of our work and how e us the money to create a better life for the children in the project.
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Annual Report 2014

Today our foundation is proud to announce their 2nd Annual report for 2014. The report shows in writing and in our financial report that even as a small foundation we can make the difference. You can find the annual report on our ABOUT page. You can download the report or even print it for your convenience

On behalf of our board members Anke, Katrin, Miran, Marlies, Ronald I would like to thank all our sponsors, friends and followers for their support in the last year. Hopefully we can continue our cooperation also in the years to come.


Maarten Bollen – chairperson

Abantwane Belanga JAARVERSLAG 2014

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