If anyone would like to join us on one of these afternoons, or find out more about Bettaway Community Church or the Homework Club, please contact Jane Hofmeyr to find out how you can help.
The Bettaway Community Church began in an RDP house in Delft 20 years ago and was led by Pastors Clive and Glenda McMinn. Today the double storey Church is used every day of the week with church services which have resumed, youth and young adults’ events, the homework club and prayer meetings, all with Covid regulations in place. The Church has been able to help families in need with food vouchers, paying rent, transport costs and fixing homes.
The Homework Club has reopened with a small group of children and is led by a retired teacher, Lorna Willis and operates from Monday to Thursday after school for Primary school children. A group of tertiary students have also registered to use the facility.
A group of women and men from CCK has been helping Grade 3 and 4 children with their English reading and writing on Monday and Wednesday afternoons each week during term time for 5 years. This year has unfortunately been interrupted by Covid-19 but we are hoping to be able to return to Delft next year with precautions.
We use the Shine Literacy Programme which includes Phonics games, readers and writing exercises. We supplement the 36 Shine games with 24 Wordworks games and board games, and we have a wide variety of readers from different reading levels to give the children reading practise. We also have some writing exercises and a small library with many books donated by CCK members in 2015.
Each volunteer spends an hour with a child, dividing their time to incorporate four activities: playing the phonics games, listening to the child read aloud, and helping them with a writing exercise. We try to finish the time reading a library book to each child.
There is also an opportunity to help the older primary school children with other school subjects during the homework club time.
The group of volunteers from CCK have not resumed their work with the children in 2021 because of ongoing risk related to the Covid pandemic. Should anyone have ideas about how this could resume and who may be willing to champion the initiative, please contact Jane Hofmeyr to discuss it.