St George’s Home for Girls Transition Cottage

Global Exploration Team (Netherlands) 14th – 25th July 2014

Over the week of the 14th to the 25th July, Newkidz on the block had the awesome privilege of working with exchange students from the Netherlands, each morning to transform the St Georges Home for girls Transition Cottage.

This cottage has been standing empty for a long time yet had such potential to become a warm homely cottage for the older girls, currently resident in the Children’s Home, to experience independent living, in a safe environment on the Home’s property, by being domestic i.e. cleaning, cooking and washing for themselves, before leaving “their nest” for the BIG world out there.

The cottage was transformed completely and the end product is absolutely beautiful.

A special word of thanks goes to Lewis Stores; Creative Cornicing and Julian’s Ceramics who donated their products and services for free!

The funding for this project came from Global Exploration – Wilde Ganzen and with the generous donations from local companies and discounts from contractors, far more was achieved.

The girls who will live in the cottage for a period of 6 – 12 months will be screened beforehand and, under the skilful management of Graeme Cairns (the director) and the Management Board at St Georges Home for girls, this cottage will be in good hands to serve many young ladies who will pass through it.

This project was particularly impactful to us as the Newkidz on the Block team. The work ethic and the tenacity of the students, despite some of their physical challenges, was something to behold.

Thank you Global Exploration and St Georges Home for girls for allowing us, as Newkidz on the Block, to be part of this project.

Companies involved in this successful initiative:

  • Clive Greybe Cabinet Makers
  • Creative Cornicing
  • Lewis Stores
  • Millennium Floor Covering
  • Blind IT
  • Mural Maniac
  • Renu-A-Bath
  • Sales Hire
  • Thompsons Plumbing
  • Julian’s Ceramics
  • Helderberg Sand
  • Cape Core Construction
  • A & C Herold Construction
  • Le Bois Lawn