The Rotary Club of Pretoria East started its first
Global Grant SOUNS project
in 2011 in five schools in Mamelodi, east of
Since then, a second Global Grant has allowed the club
to expand the project by:
placing over 400 sets into 11
primary schools in Gauteng,
setting up a partnership with the
US Peace Corps organisation where over 90 volunteers
have utilised SOUNS in their communities,
partnering with The PEN
organisation and 26 of their crèches in and around
central Pretoria, and
introducing the programme into 95
independent crèches in Gauteng.
Based on targeting 35 pupils per classroom, about 14 000
pupils are reached each year. In addition, the option of
moving into adult literacy programmes is being
researched. The programme may also be expanded with
Gauteng Education Department schools in and around
The SOUNS programme is a step by step process utilising
simple tools and techniques to teach pupils to become
is to identify the sounds in words and identify the
letter symbol representing that sound. This is done in
small groups with emphasis on playing games with the
letters while learning.
is to build simple phonic words by “pulling out” the
sounds of a word (building and writing words).
the sounding out of phonetically written words through
which the pupil discovers that he or she can read.
The next step is to move on to reading the first book
and here, the Club uses the books from the RC of White
River’s project Books in Homes.
The Rotary Club of Pretoria East remains committed to
the further expansion of this project both at primary
school level and with pre-school children.
Rotarians for Family
Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA) is a global Rotarian
Action Group and mobilizing partner of Rotary
International. RFHA creates the design, obtains the
resources and has overall management responsibility for
a Rotary-led disease prevention program, such as Rotary
Family Health Days. It is the convener of the program
that initiates the partnerships with in-country
governments, the U.S. Mission, private sector companies,
national media partners and links them to the vast
community-based network of Rotary members to implement
Rotary Family Health Days is the Signature Program of
Rotarians For Family Health & AIDS Prevention. This
program promotes healthy living and disease prevention
by implementing an annual massive campaign that provides
comprehensive, free health care services to the people
in the communities. The services include lifelong
immunizations to children, such as polio and measles
vaccines, and comprehensive live saving annual screens
such as HIV, TB, Diabetes, Hypertension, Malaria, and
more. It is Rotary-led, and sponsored by The Coca-Cola
Africa Foundation, the South African Department of
Health, the CDC, USAID, and the SABC and Caxton as
primary media partners.
Funding is obviously
a requirement for many (most) of our projects. Our
members primarily donate their time and effort to our
projects, although many do also make contributions in
money and goods/materials from time to time.
We therefore rely to a large extent on donations and
sponsorships. We also have access to the Rotary
Foundation for grant funding (and also contribute to the
We supplement this with fundraising activities from time
to time, either for our general welfare/project funds,
or for a specific project or beneficiary.
The Meerhof project has been running for over 60 years and Allen
Joss has personally been involved since 1967. His father was one of
those who was involved from the beginning. To ensure that the
project would continue for yet another year, Allen with the
assistance of Rotarians, his golfing connections and business
partners, arranged a Golf Day at the Zwartkop Golf Club on 7 March.
It was well supported by the public and Pretoria businesses and was
a huge success.
Pretoria East appreciates the work involved and the support from the
public and it is hoped that the event will be as great a success
During the year, 19
wheelchairs were donated to those in need, including 5
to the Winterveldt HIV/AIDs caregivers and 5 to the
Cullinan Care and Rehab Centre. One notable recipient
was the Phelopera Health Care train which delivers
health care to the remotest parts of South Africa. Over
the years this train has provided health care to
millions of patients and the wheelchair has added
significantly to their ease of handling disabled
The club set aside funds to purchase blankets and we were fortunate
to be able to source 375 blankets at a bargain price. Work parties
gathered to silk screen the blankets which were then donated to The
Winterveldt HIV/AIDs programme, The Viva Village in Mamelodi,
SACARES and Danville.
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