Mpilonhle, in collaboration with the Department of Health and the Department of Education, facilitates every year eye clinic in the uMkhanyakude District. The clinic is run by the One Sight Philanthropy and brings together volunteer aye doctors and technical staff from all over the world and South Africa.
Services During Eye Clinic include
Free eye screening. Same-day provision of free prescription glasses on site for those who require them.
Follow-up care from the Department of Health for those who are identified as having cataracts or eye problems. HIV counseling and and testing. Medical check ups and medication
Location of Eye Clinics and Dates
Tuesday | October 18, 2011 | 1:00 PM – 4:00PM | Nomaganga Primary School
Wednesday | October 19, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Nomaganga Primary School
Thursday | October 20, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Nomaganga Primary School
Friday | October 21, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Nyalazi Primary School
Monday| October 24, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Nyalazi Primary School
Tuesday | October 25, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Indukebandla Primary School
Wednesday | October 26, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Indukebandla Primary School
Thursday | October 27, 2011 | 9:00 – 3:00 PM | Indukebandla Primary School
- Mpilonhle visit first time at Ntandabantu Primary School, Black Berry device photos
It been a long week at Ntandabantu Primary School we had to register everyone at the school especially grade 5, 6 and 7 just before we start our normal job, Mpilonhle Unit Two known as Sisonke was there to take initiative.
- Let the lesson begin, Black Berry device photos
After a first lessons introduction I noticed that learners were ready to start with exercise one.
Full computer lab with 72x computers, Black Berry device photos
As a witness it was a lifetime experience and a great achievement in community development in terms of skills development, one week training 2x hours per day 4x lessons equals computer literacy.
Teaching computer skills to everyone look who is playing around with computer’s at Khulangolwazi Primary School OMG amazing work done by Mpilonhle.
in this picture Thembelihle Gumede age 11 (17 Oct 1999) grade 7 her first time using a computer 'Black Berry Pictures'
Mpilonhle packed computer lab’s at the schools now working closely with Primary schools ensuring that everyone get at least 1h30min session per day and four days per week, each day got enough lessons for the day.
in this picture learners from Khulangolwazi Primary Grade 7 'Black Berry Pictures'
After a deep breath, well presented lessons this is the response that we normally get after the training everyone responding positively. Day one is always a challenge getting learners to be used with computers especially “the mouse techniques and keyboard skills” you will see that this normally takes little longer than expected and require more attention and time from IT Trainers. Finally we get what we’ve been expected to deliver a successful lessons has been introduced and history has been made at the end of the day.
Excitement from learners learning how to use Children's Encarta 'Black Berry Pictures'
Wow what a nice camp, it is winter time in South Africa and also school holidays. It is unbelievable when you see how Mpilonhle fights bad behavior that usually occurs at this time of the year.
Pregnancy rates usually increases especially in our youth and crime is also high because every child wants to go to town while they don’t have money to buy as a result they just decide to steal in shops which is a very bad idea, we wish to build and motivate these children and protect them from going to jail because of bad behavior.
Street kids develop or increase in large numbers because children stay at their homes doing nothing and some of them they just decide to stay in the streets then start smoking and robbing people.
KwaGiba is a rural area. The lifestyle of this community is different and regarding healthy behavior I think there’s poor knowledge. When there’s no knowledge diseases will increase especially HIV and AIDS. Agree or disagree we have to talk to these children and tell them the truth through our health education.
Thanks to Mpilonhle organization for supporting, helping, fighting poverty and crime, giving hope and encouraging children to live a healthy life through activities and with relevant language that is understandable to a child and also giving them the opportunity to know their status as individuals and know more about life and themselves which is a great opportunity. No one wishes to miss even one day at the camp and you can’t even ask them what it feels like to be at the Skills Camp because you’ll have your answers in their faces.
KwaGiba is between Hluhluwe and Mbazwana. It has a high enrolment of more than 1800 pupils and overcrowded classes, even if the school might have computers it might be impossible for all learners to attend and learn but in these camps Mpilonhle brought three (3) mobile units with seventy two (72) computers. Each unit takes in a group of twenty four (24 and) everyone has an opportunity of at least one hour session at the computer room for five (5) days learning computer literacy.
KwaGiba was rated as another successful Skills Camp, the children wish that the camps should continue and continue but the mid term holidays were over and there was no way for this great opportunity. Well done to Mpilonhle staff for their good work.
The food at these camps was delicious and healthy as this was winter season we had to give oranges because they have vitamin C and after they finished all activities of the day they ate well cooked meals with vegetables.
In the last day hundreds of Toms shoes were distributed to every child attending the camp and official closing of the camp was well presented by the Skills Coaches Team through a drama, this drama was bout HIV/ AIDS and sexual abuse.
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Giba High School has been added in our program with approximately +/-1400 learners and it is located at Hluhluwe roughly its about 1h30 min drive from Mpilonhle office, currently our Mobile Units are there provide various services to the learners. Our well trained staff doing their best to keep learners updated and ahead in health education, computer education and more
“we serve uMkhanyakude District”
Mpilonhle Mobile Unit One at Madwaleni High School this is what was happening through out the 1st week, our compulab is always packed, more classwork/ homework and assignment programs, more office programs, more typing programs, more computer quizzes and more fun through out learning.
2nd week at Nkosana High School, pictures were taken from grade 11 learners “you cant miss the IT Training Session” every learner at the school they want to be a part of this. some of the learners they even book the break time so that they can do their research or assignments even at after school you will be amazed that I’m always the last person to close my class because of these learners doing their daily homework’s and assignments.
Excitement from learners, another thousand of shoes give away from Tom Shoes
Great commitment from Mpilonhle staff, each day was a challenge at this stage we have successfully completed at least six big schools. What you see here on these photos is what we were doing last week.
Another schools follows…
Another day at Nomathiya High School all three units from Mpilonhle doing school registration each day by day
Photographers at their best
Free shoe gifts from Tom Shoes
One grade at a time, learners from different grades at the schools, waiting in lines for registration, some of the staff members were responsible in traffic controlling, capturing or updating learner’s information in the administration system, photographers taking photos, IT Guys ensuring that each and every learners once was registered he or she appear on the server
The first week of electronic registration went well. We visited 3 schools. It has been very enjoyable cause we have been just updating learners from last year and registration of new learners for this year.
We also have been giving out shoes to learners each day. Big thanks to Tom Shoes for the donation.
On Friday the Mpilonhle FC played its first official match. It was a very difficult away game. The good thing was that our host were very welcoming. Slethukukhanya is such a well run school its amazing. Our Mayor Mthombeni helped in getting rid of all the pre-match nerves by telling jokes earlier in the day. He also helped lift the mood after the news about Lucas Radebe not being well. I would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
We had been preparing for this game the past 8-9 days. Unfortunately we lost by 1 goal to nil on the day. We played 2 practice matches during the week to fine tune our skills before the game.
Losing is never a good feeling especially if you have a group of winners as a team. The team was made up of Bheki, Sbusiso, Mbhekeni, Sakho, Sphakahle, me, Anele, Nkosinathi, Thokozani and 2 additional players.
A lot of the people have said we did well as this was our first game as a team. I do not think so. We had enough chances in the game to score and win. I just felt before the game our minds had been distracted by other events I cannot mention here.
I have received a number of invitations from people who would like to test their football skills against us. A few schools even the Police force have shown interest. We need all the support we can get even if you don’t like football or you have never played the game Mpilonhle FC needs you. Come to our next practice. Teasing us or saying we are wasting our time is NOT supporting. Playing football or any sport is taxing on the body we need energy drinks or even a pack of oranges(anything) hopefully someone will remember that next time. This is a football team NOT chess players.
I would like to thank the Management and everyone who supported us and made the launch on Friday a success.
Hopefully this was not the last time we see Mpilonhle FC in action. Keep supporting guyz.
What a day it was. The best day I have had this year. It all started on Tuesday afternoon when we got confirmation that she had indeed arrived. The next stop was straight to the nearest hair salon for most of the Mpilonhle staff. Hairstylists in Mtuba must have made a good profit that afternoon.
Wednesday morning everyone looked so beautiful and arrived early for work. At around 6h45 nearly everyone was at the office even the people that normally come later were there . No one dared come late on this special day. It seems as if half of Mtuba knew that she was coming to Mpilonhle excerpt us! Charlize Theron is such a humble lady. We are at Nkodibe High School this week. She arrived at about 11h30 am and joined the IT class I was conducting at the time. Easily the most beautiful computer/assistant I have ever had. Those few minutes will stay with me forever. Those grade 8 learners were so lucky to meet her. They could not stop smiling. I tried to keep calm but I just could not believe it was really happening.
The unfortunate part was that she did not meet with the rest of team members in my unit in their different workstations. Most of the learners at the school also did not see her. They had also prepared some perfomances but did not get a chance. All they saw were cars moving in to the school & cars moving out. The teachers also did not get their chance to talk to her as she was whisked away. I did explain though that she had to see other sites as well.
I was hoping to include some pictures of her with the staff but sadly was instructed not to take even 1 picture of her. She brought the whole staff presents and free hugs.
All in all a job well done by the organisers and Gugu Zulu did a brilliant job throughout. Well done we need more people with so much enthusiasm for their job.
Next week : Community.
This week we were meant to go to Nkosibonga but due to the floods we were unable to. As a result we have now switched to a community. It is the first time we have visited this community of Hluhluwe. The site is at a primary school. The learners were so excited to see a landrover arrive at their school yesterday.
Over the past 12 weeks or so we have been going out to the community of this District. We have brought computer knowledge to places that have never even seen a computer before. Places like Bukimvelo, Khiphinkunzi Dilikhulu, Bethangwe etc. The turnout for the computer classes have been great. My observation though has been that more women have attended computer classes then the men. A lot more. Why is that? Some have said most men in the rural areas are working in big cities that’s why women come for computers. But when you look at unemployment figures that is no longer the case. Is it because computers just do not appeal to men? There must be another reason. Why?
This week we went to a new school called Mavana Primary School. The community has been very excited together with the principal of the school. You can see that with the number of people who pitched. The amazing thing is the satellite dish on the side of the school. There is no electricity but they have a satellite.
Who thought that you cannot get computers in a hut! Well at Mpilonhle we do anything to deliver services to the people. This week Sisonke (unit2) is working at a place called Isolokholo and there was no place for the computers, so a community member offered one of his room to put in computers, a hut of course.
It’s a new experience and at the end of the day people are getting the service they need.
This week our Unit is at Khiphinkunzi Primary School. We have been welcomed in a wonderful way by the School Management & Community of Khiphinkunzi. The school is surrounded by a beautiful forest. We hope everything will go smoothly at this new location.
Khiphinkunzi Primary School