The aim of the primary School outreach programme is to be a blessing to our local community and to give our pupils an opportunity to give of themselves for the benefit of others. Scripture commands us to care for the poor, the destitute, the widows and orphans. We are also called to care for God’s creation in the environment and animals. Harvest aims to instill, in the heart of each pupil, a desire to be a blessing and to help make this world a better place. This is done through each class serving a selected community project or organization:
Grade 1: Animal Welfare
Harvest pupils visited Animal Welfare several times and were able to bless them with pet food and money collected from their civvies days.
Through this experience they learnt compassion and the need to care for God’s creatures.
Grade 2: Buffelsfontein Old Age Home
Harvest pupils visit Buffelsfontein Retirement village at the community project once a term. The pupils may ice and decorate cupcakes at school for the residents, present a medley of songs and scripture, handed out toiletries or just spend quality time with the residents. The children really enjoy the opportunity to spend time and bless the members of our community.
Grade 3: Vistarus Mission Station
Vistarus Mission Station. “The mission of the Centre is to create a haven of hope where the upliftment of people in body, soul and spirit can take place by endeavouring to provide a safe environment; teaching life skills; assisting the unemployed in finding employment; creating job opportunities; providing a clean and hygienic environment; providing a day care facility for the children on the premises; providing study facilities for scholars on the premises” and much more. Throughout the year the Grade threes collect recycling, which is sent to Vistarus. The funds generated by their recycling project helps meet the financial needs of the centre. The Grade threes visit the centre once a term to bring joy to the children who live there as well as donate much needed goods such as nappies and toys. In the second term they hold a sports day for the little children at Vistarus.
Grade 4: Horse Care Unit
Harvest pupils have spent time this year at the Horse Care Unit. The Horse Care unit does fantastic work in Port Elizabeth and the wider surrounds of the Eastern cape. They care for sick donkeys, perform pratical tasks such as trimming the hooves and ensuring that the correct bit is used, educating the donkey owners and much more. The pupils spent time with the horses and donkeys, fed them, groomed them and gave them much needed love. They did practical tasks cleaning and helping tidy the tack room. The pupils gained the trust and love from the donkeys, something that money just cannot buy!
Grade 5: Munro Kirk Frail Care
The Grade 5’s visited Munro Kirk Frail Care four times this year. They sing songs and play musical instruments to entertain the residents. After the music, they bless them with small gifts such as flowers, cookies and sweets. The pupils enjoyed the opportunity to “give” rather than “receive” and are well received at Munro Kirk.
Grade 6: Kuyge Creche in Greenbushes
Harvest pupils chose to support and bless the Kuyge Community Creche for their mission’s project. The crèche is run a voluntary basis by the two women from the local community who observed that many of the very young children in the area were being left all day without supervision or proper care whilst their parents went to work. They approached the community hall for this purpose. The Grade 6 pupils play with the children and provide small treats for them during each visit. Harvest pupils collect and bless the children with toys, books, stationery items, cleaning materials and non-perishable ingredients to make soup.
Grade 7: Zanethemba Creche (Baby Haven)
Harvest pupils had an eye opening experience when visiting Zanethemba in the township. The Grade 7 pupils helped wash windows, played and couloured in with the children, they taught the children about the weather and days of the week. The pupils also gardened, as much weeding was needed, cleaned the storage garage and sorted clothes. They assisted in feeding babies and prayed for the workers.
Quotes from some of the Grade 7 pupils “it made me think of how much I have “, ”I was so surprised that the children were so happy and thankful for what they have”