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Newsletter 30th April 2021
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Seedling growing.
Easter - A time of rebirth
by James Sleigh

Various traditions celebrate the Easter period in different ways, but the theme is common. The time of Easter, or Passover, is a time built up to with suffering, plagues, a death or sacrifice in some form, and then followed by a rebirth. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the time of spring, when after the death of winter, re-growth begins. For us in South Africa, it is a time when the rains start after we have endured a hard summer, and we can start the sowing and planting of our crops.

On an inner level, we can use this time to refocus on what is important, to let go of what does not serve us, and give energy and new life to what does.

On an organisational level, this too is the end of one financial year, and start of a new one. New budgets, new plans, new opportunities for the year ahead.

On my commute to work driving past the wheat fields, I can witness this re-growth. The brown, charred fields, are now being ploughed and sowed with the first rains. The smell of freshness and rejuvenation rises from the earth, and each day I witness the unfolding of the new growth.
Climbing Table Mountain
We conquered a mountain ... in the rain
by Janine Strumpher

The marketing team decided to climb Table Mountain’s Platteklip Gorge as a team building exercise, as some of us had never been up our majestic mountain. After lots of planning and excitement we decided to climb to the top, look at the stunning views of our beautiful Cape Town, enjoy being tourists, have breakfast and head down. 

We were up and ready super early, only to find the mountain completely covered in mist and rain predicted, oh no! After talking to the staff at the cable car base, we decided to go for it. It was cold, beautiful, tough, raining, not what was expected, but we persevered to the top, hoping the mist would lift, with the lure of a hot cup of coffee as a reward at the top. We encouraged each other, helped, sang and joked our way to the top, only to find a ghost town. Everything was closed and it was freezing, rain was piercing us and the wind strong. So a quick catch of breath and then we “ran” down. It was tough, but we all felt great. Getting in the car, spirits were high and then the hunger pangs hit. We had a lovely lunch at Oude Meule and already started discussing our next adventure. 

Team comments:

James: Making our way up the mountain in thick mist gave us time to walk alongside one another. It was wonderful to share stories of our lives as we trudged up the rocks and get to know each other on different levels. The stories we shared gave me a new understanding and insight into the members of the team. Together we set this goal, and when we achieved our goal, tired, hungry and happy, we celebrated with lunch and a well-deserved beer, further creating a great bond with the team. 

Janine: A lovely day spent with colleagues, great camaraderie and a totally different experience going up the mountain in complete mist. It felt enigmatic, almost mythical, like I was on another planet or in a different world.

Max: As I got to the top of the Table Mountain, the message ringing in my head was, faith moves the mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you pray. Another idea that came to mind was for us to look at challenges in a work place as if we are on top of the mountain. Positivity and resilience is required and definitely having a eye for possibilities. What a classy way of motivating us at our workplace…I’m grateful to be part of this amazing team.

Katriena: It was one of the things I wanted to do in 2020, but unfortunately lockdown happened, so I told myself any opportunity that comes to climb Table Mountain I’ll go for it. I would not say I am someone who likes challenges, but I like to experience and see for myself. When we first got there and looked at the mountain, I said to myself "Katriena, what did you let yourself in for?" At the same time I looked at my team saying "you can't turn around now either." It was a breath-taking experience, I felt like I was in one of those mystery movies. It was not easy but I enjoyed it, it was a dream come true for me.

Delmaine: When it comes to being adventurous, I’m up for anything; but when I started to hike Table Mountain I was regretting my decision. Hiking is hard when like me you’re not a fitness person. But I made it to the TOP! An unfit person climbing Table Mountain, I think I deserve a medal for that! The feeling I got when I reached the top was indescribable. Perseverance pays off and I’ve never hiked before, so climbing Table Mountain was something for the books.  While climbing I was telling myself I will never do this again, but if I look back I would do it again and again! 

P.S. I have respect for the little things now, like sitting still and walking on flat ground.

Viwe: For me the Table Mountain hike was a very great experience with inner healing, physically, spiritually and mentally. It was also a great way to get to know each other as a team.
Camphill Angels Project

Camphill Angels Project
by Janine Strumpher

Not all heroes wear capes and not all angels have wings. Here at Camphill we have angels and heroes who do not only think of their own loved ones living at Camphill, but take time and the love in their hearts to make it special for our less fortunate residents too. A dedicated group of ladies, led by Patricia Wade and Hillary de Kok, are our own Camphill Angels. A huge shout-out and thank you for your tireless work. They organised and collected Easter eggs for all our residents who do not have family or could not spend Easter with their families.

Please accept our sincere gratitude for the special Easter treats and all the other work you do for Camphill. It does not go unnoticed and I am sure you feel the blessings coming your way when these gestures are being appreciated by all. Many thanks to all our Angels.
Fairy Lights
Camphill Village WC Easter 2021
by Francinah and Bill

One of the best blessings us youngsters find being in the village with elderly people is the magical, wonderful knowledge they share with us. Elderly people often lose their sense of purpose and feel as if they are no longer play a crucial role in their families, or in our village. Yet captive in their minds and memories they possess a treasure trove of priceless information or knowledge that only they can share.

For the young people to maintain the culture of Camphill and keep its ethos, we need elderly people to have conversations with, to learn, inherit and never lose the culture of the village while we are still here. It is an honour to have a veteran like Uncle Bill around the village, to water the growing seeds of youth with knowledge that allows the seeds to grow and live a true definition of Camphill. 

From the veteran himself, below is Bill’s Camphill Easter story to cherish:

“On Easter Saturday evening at Camphill Village, West Coast, it is our tradition to light candles in bottles on each grave. We have over 90 burials and 30 ashes graves, some of which are those who lived here, others are of family members and friends, or somehow connected. The hope when lighting  the candles is that they will stay burning throughout the night to Easter Sunday morning. However, it is often difficult to keep them burning if it rains or a strong wind blows.

The village in preparation for this year’s Easter, my daughter Sonja had the novel idea that we use strings of fairy lights instead of candles. With Fiona Sleigh’s love for Camphill, she kindly lent us all the fairy lights she had. Together Sonia and I linked graves with strings of fairy lights on the Saturday night of Easter and kept them lit until Easter Sunday. Fairy lights hung from a tree looking like frozen icicles; others draped over plants. 

A rose-colored pink string of lights joined Julian and Renate’s gravestones and continued around a lime green cypress tree and back to flower pots of roses, a reminder of Renate’s beloved Rockrose house, which she made beautiful with her magnificent roses. As if to say: “Welcome back to Rockrose.” Having all the lights as a sign of remembrance of our loved ones dear to our hearts, also makes us experience the spiritual connection we still have with them. It was a magical and marvelous sight to see, and some fairy lights twinkled. One felt in every morning Christ did listen indeed.”
Hot Cross Buns
Easter Traditions
by Max

When we look at different traditional cultures to find out the different ways of celebrating Good Friday and Easter Sunday, now and historically, it shows us no matter what religion we believe we still find common ground, maybe because Easter is considered the most important religious event among Christians.

Good Friday is celebrated as a Christian holiday, prior to Easter Sunday, to commemorate Jesus' death. Apart from gathering at churches, one of the common things that symbolise Easter is hot cross buns, and Camphill itself has been maintaining that tradition for quite some time. 

Hot cross buns are eaten/shared every Good Friday in Christian communities to symbolise this significant day in Christian faith, when Jesus was crucified. One old belief also says about sharing hot cross buns at Easter, if anyone in the family or community was ill, the buns were broken off to feed the patient. These buns had holy connotations and were believed to cure all ills, including the most deadly diseases. However what we know for a fact is that it has been a tradition that every Easter we share hot cross buns, as a sign of togetherness, as humanity we still keep the tradition rolling.
Easter Celebration
Celebrating Easter as a Christian Family
by Delmaine Willemse

Being raised by your grandparents is just completely different. My grandparents do things differently, like Easter, they don’t celebrate with the tradition of eating pickled fish and hot cross buns.  This is what they do the weekend of Easter; their congregation have a gathering that they call a conference. They celebrate it with a service in the morning and the rest of the day they socialize. For them is just a normal weekend, but they get to spend time together.  

As a kid I chose to spend Easter with both my parents and grandparents. With my parents I got to eat pickled fish and hot cross buns, which I love, and the Sunday I would spend with my grandparents attending church. We all spend Easter differently but the most important thing is not to forget what Easter is all about.
Harvesting Potatoes and Maize
Harvesting maize and potatoes
by Viwe

It’s April, the Easter month, and our maize is ready for harvesting. Our farm team of residents, under the supervision of Ria rose to the challenge to get the job done. The harvest has been great this year, we have produced quite a few tons of maize, meaning we will be able to produce enough feed for our dairy cows for some time.

After harvesting, the maize is dried, then ground through the hammer mill before being used as one of the main ingredients in mixing the cow feed. After harvesting nothing is wasted. We cut the maize foliage from the field and use in the mix, or feed it directly to the cows. This also helps to clear the field in preparation for the next crop.

At Camphill, maize is not the only thing ready for harvesting during this Easter month. Our team of residents, under supervision, also helped to harvest, clean and grade the potatoes into different sizes. The potatoes are packaged and sold outside Camphill, while some are consumed in our group home houses.

A special thanks to Ria and our team of residents, your efforts and hard work are always appreciated. 
Jojoba Soap
Jojoba Soap
by Lise Muller

Thank you to our amazing Cosmetics team who have been hard at work making our Camphill Jojoba Soap.  A product is only as good as the ingredients used to make it, and we decided that we had to make use of the beautiful oil we are pressing from our Jojoba plantation to make a special soap.  Our plantation is 100% chemical free and the jojoba beans are harvested by our residents.

The benefits of Jojoba Oil for skin: 
  • Jojoba oil hydrates the skin for up to 24 hours and is a long-lasting moisturizer
  • The oil contains natural vitamins E and B and also contains minerals like zinc, copper and chromium.  The natural vitamins and minerals nourish and protect the skin.
  • Jojoba oil is highly recommended for people who have dry and sensitive skins, as it helps to keep the skin moist and also serves as an anti aging element reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
Tech to Aid Disabilities
A new door opens – News from the disability sector
by Nina Oberzaucher

On 9 April, after years of work by many stakeholders working in the interest of persons with disabilities, ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) has published the final Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, 2021 which will come into force in October 2022. The Code details basic standards and general requirements in accessible provisions to be made by television broadcasting, electronic communication service (ECS) licensees, and individual electronic communication service licensees. It provides a specific guideline on how broadcasting content and electronic communications can be made accessible to persons living with hearing and visual impairment.

Basic standards for broadcasting service licencees will include the implementation of audio description, sign language, subtitles and closed captioning on applicable channels on television, making media content accessible for persons with hearing and visual impairment. This excludes third-party channels that consist of live programming content such as news, reality or sports.

General requirements for licensees include the use of news text straplines in the case of breaking news, improved availability and accessibility of services such as access to programme support via websites or electronic programme guides. Licencees now also have to provide warnings on screen for persons with photosensitive epilepsy. 

The basic standards for ECS include the adherence to principles of Universal Design which involves the design of products, programmes, environments and services usable by everyone, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for specialized design. 

Standards also include hearing aid and visual aid compatibility requirements for fixed line telephones and mobile phones. For persons with hearing impairment, this includes devices with specific customizations such as amplification, tone and pitch, hands-free devices as well as compatibility with cochlear implants. For persons with visual impairment, it includes customization of contrast, illumination, larger font size, magnifying functionalities as well as the provision of devices that are Braille keyboard compatible, have screen reader, voice recognition and automatic response features.

ECS licensees will also need to provide for a National Relay System which translates voice to text and text to voice, on calls made by persons with hearing or speech impairment.  The Individual Electronic Communication Services (IECS) have to ensure the provision of emergency services to persons with disabilities, prioritize fault repairs, have trained customer service staff available in stores for consultation, take reasonable time to demonstrate the use of equipment and provide access to service and product information.

For further details on the Code for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, 2021, follow the link below:
Thank Yous
by Janine Strumpher

Thank you to all the loyal MySchool/MyVillage swipers who contribute monthly to Camphill as their beneficiary. Please note that Builders Warehouse is now also a partner.

Johan: Health Walker
Trevor & Rene: Health Walker
Jeannie: Thank you for years of support and donations and, even after moving on,  still donating to Camphill hugely, may you RIP.

A huge thank you for all the support, support financially, in kind and emotionally.
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Sponsor a Resident
by Janine Strumpher

We have embarked on a drive to find a sponsor for each resident who has no family or financial means. Without Camphill Village they would be on the streets where people with special needs are often victims of abuse and manipulation and at risk even within their own families and/or communities.

And without financial assistance we cannot continue providing this place of safety.

Living at Camphill Village West Coast gives people with intellectual disability the chance to live a full, creative and fulfilled life, to develop their abilities and contribute to their community. The life that we take for granted, is for many a gift. However we can only do this when financial support is found for the individuals.

If you can help, or know of Individuals or Companies we can approach please contact Janine Strumpher on 021 571 8600 or e-mail

Take a break from your busy day and watch this beautiful slideshow about life at Camphill -

How to Donate
by Janine Strumpher

Our PayPal account is now in operation; there are now three ways to donate cash to Camphill Village West Coast.
  1. We now have a Payfast account if you'd like to donate in ZAR - Click Here
  2. And a PayPal account for donations in USD or Euros - Click Here
  3. EFT – Camphill Village Standard Bank Malmesbury Acc: 082 399 204 Branch: 050507 Swift: SBZA ZA JJ
  4. Foreign donations can be made through a NPO in your country and a tax certificate can be issued, please contact Janine to discuss for more info.
NB! Your donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE, we would like to thank everybody that supports Camphill, remember without your support we cannot continue the work we do. We provide a safe normal life for people living with intellectual disability.
My School Card
My School Card

Support Camphill Village with a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card.
Every time you shop at Woolworths, Engen, Flight Centre, Loot, Bidvest Waltons, Alltech Netstar and Power 24 a percentage of the amount goes to your MySchool beneficiaries.

If you don’t already have a card the application form is available on our website here.

If you already have a card, update your profile to include Camphill Village West Coast as one of your beneficiaries.

You can have up to three beneficiaries per card, so can support us at the same time as your school or other favourite charity.

Thank you – every little bit makes a difference!

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