Dear friends and supporters,

Well, what a crazy time this last year has been! We have been very busy at the Butterfly Centre, and our children are thriving under the care and passionate attention of the teaching staff. Teacher Sindy Furley has been with us for some years now, and her training and skills in the field of Special Needs behaviour and learning are invaluable. She leads our older Butterfly Class.

Teacher Ros Howlett is a classically trained teacher with decades of experience who joined us last year to lead our younger Chrysalis class. She came to Stanford to retire, but after volunteering at the Butterfly Centre quickly fell in love with our children and the work we are doing, and in no time was brought on board on a permanent basis.
Teacher Sindy
Teacher Ros
Our Board continues to meet monthly and Jacqui Engelbert has come on board as permanent bookkeeper. She has tremendous experience and has loaded our bookkeeping and payroll onto Sage, making it all much more efficient and minimising audit costs. Our auditors remain Boshoff Visser in Hermanus.

Plans for Phase 2 were heavily delayed due to Covid and the resultant backlogs for contractors, but more specifically the national shortage of steel. We are looking at all alternatives and if all goes according to plan (especially difficult to predict in these uncertain times) we can proceed with Phase 2 during the July school holidays. Again, I feel personally very bad about delays on this project, but I hope that all supporters and sponsors will understand the current difficulties. We will keep you updated on any progress.
We are so grateful for the support of other local NPO’s, most specifically the Grootbos Foundation. Their sports coaches are working with the Butterfly children twice a week, ensuring that they get specific exercise to help build their strength and improve gross motor skills. It is incredible to witness the support the children show each other, no matter their level of skill, during team sports such as dodgeball, which they all love.

School grounds
Poncho, the Grootbos Foundation vegetable garden expert, comes weekly to assist the children in their own vegetable production. There is something just magical about the joy on the faces of these special kids when they are able to pick and cook vegetables that they have grown from seed.
Grootbos gardening with kids 1
Grootbos Foundation logo
Grootbos gardening with kids 1
Two of our children have recently been successfully reintroduced into the mainstream, a real feather in the cap of a learning centre such as ours. We will now actively start advertising these available spaces, and have no doubt that the children who need us will soon find their place at The Butterfly Centre.

Fundraising remains a priority for us, especially with parents who are also currently facing financial difficulties. Our next fundraiser will be a Round the World food and wine experience at The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills on Friday 14 May, featuring some of Stanford’s best cooks and their wares. Please keep an eye on our social media for further information. (Instagram #thebutterflycentre Facebook TheButterflyCentre).

We are thankful to have a number of volunteers, ensuring that the children benefit from art and music, as well as invaluable one-on-one educational time. Thank you to each and every one of our supporters who have helped us come so far. We are thrilled by the progress of our precious Butterflies, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.

With thanks and so much love
Jami Kastner
The Butterfly Centre

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