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    McGregor Tourism

    Project #1

    The McGregor Arts Community Project aims to foster an appreciation of visual, performing, and literary arts in the Western Cape village of McGregor. The project wants to use the arts as a means to bring about social integration and community upliftment, contribute to the improvement of the quality of individual lives, address relevant social issues within the community, and encourage local residents to participate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. The Project hopes to provide a platform that identifies, encourages, and promotes artistic talent. The Project will also host regular Arts Festivals in McGregor to bring together the entire community and support tourism and job opportunities.

    Project #2

    The Langeberg Youth Arts Project, started by The Mothertongue Project in 2012, provides about 100 children from historically marginalized farms with educational support, life skills, leadership, communication, and entrepreneurial skills mainly through the use of participatory theater and integrated arts methodology. The Project also holds regular awareness raising performances and dialogue groups around issues such as TB, gender violence, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy in the region. Through this project, driven by motivated local young men and women, youth and children on farms have developed core life skills and reached their early learning goals.

    Project #3

    Byekorf Creche is a nursery that serves 45 children from ages 18 months through 5 years old. Their focus is on developing the physical, mental, and social development of children by ensuring that children receive quality education and care in a safe environment. They also provide children with healthy and balanced meals and maintain a vegetable garden for the kitchen.

    Project #4

    The Breede Centre Trust offers early childhood development, afterschool, and educational programs to children 0 through 18 years old. Their programs encompass emotional, mental, spiritual, moral, physical and social care to enhance the development of children including but not limited to training and parent development. The Centre also facilitates structured skill training and developmental youth programs for those 15 years and older by offering a wide variety of structured skills training in a variety of fields including crafts, hospitality, food security, entrepreneurship, computer skills, customer service, and financial skills.

    Project #5

    First Step Ballet, was founded in 2014 to give children and youth a focus in their lives by providing this impoverished community with creative and structured after school activities. The project’s vision is to prepare talented dancers for entry into a Ballet school or Performing Arts School once they have completed High School. This preparation involves dance, speech, drama, literature and poetry. Through these classes the students learn a wide variety of life skills and more importantly self-confidence and discipline.

    Project #6

    The McGregor Young Warriors and Angels Mountain Biking Academy provides youngsters in the village with mountain bike training. The project has expanded so that the youngsters are able to offer bike servicing and repairs to residents and visitors. Some of the Young Warriors are being trained to offer bike-tours through the village.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of February 8, 2021

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.