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Dear Friends,

Imbali Western Cape recently received a bronze award at the 2016 Ministerial Youth Excellent Awards.
Directors and members of Imbali Western Cape
Sharing in the elation of winning the award are directors and members of Imbali Western Cape: (back row from left) Theo van der Merwe, Bev le Sueur (treasurer), Lynne Edwards, Elsabe Retief and Therese Engelage; (middle row) Ana-Paola Little, Antoinette Parks, Eva Williams, Alexis Hanslo, Jeanette Fritz and Tertia Jefthas; (front row) Jeanne Bestbier Bloch (vice chairperson) and Yvonne Wilson (chairperson). Thanks to Nicholas Wilson for the photo and Elsabe Retief for the info below.
The Department of Social Development launched its Youth Development Strategy in 2014, aiming to create better services, opportunities and support for young people. The strategy includes four broad thematic areas: youth transitions and change, youth life chances and opportunity pathways, youth leadership development and youth who live in rural and farm areas.

The awards process was guided by Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre using these themes to identify and select individuals and initiatives that are pioneering innovative solutions to address the challenges in their communities. Imbali received the BRONZE award for the work we do with the youth in Kylemore such as the establishment of a library, craft studio, and organic gardens at the Kylemore High School as well as a fortified muffin bakery that nourishes about 600 children on a daily basis.

A flagship development is Imbali’s Visual Literacy Project that was founded in 2001 and has about 120 children annually active on the art educational programme. Moreover Imbali has given financial assistance to about 40 students in tertiary education at Universities and Colleges. Together with Thomas and Steffi Curry and their Lebenslinien-ev.de we found sponsorship for +- 25 matriculated students to attend the City & Guild Front of House training at the Institute of Culinary Art. These young people are today fully employed in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Industry.

Furthermore Imbali regularly skill trains jobless young people in sewing, patchwork and quilt making crafts. Our crafters create craft items of exceptional quality - these items finding their way into the local as well as international tourist markets. We have recently supported the Kylemore Rugby Club’s under-20 team with a small sponsorship we received from the Bellinchamp National Heritage Foundation Trust.

The Bronze Award comprises a certificate and cash to the amount of R5,000 which will go towards supporting a chess club to be launched in the Kylemore High School’s library, a library built by Imbali and donated to the school in 2013.

Bless you for caring
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
Website: http://www.imbaliwc.co.za
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