Adult Programs in full swing

It may be winter here on the West Coast and the tortoises are hibernating in Paternoster but our adult skills programs are really picking up steam!

We are very grateful to have received a wonderful donation of 6 laptop computers to the value of R 35,000.00 from Die Kom Homeowners Association. These will be used in our first computer training course due to commence 1 July and as it is already fully booked we have a waiting list for the second course.

The course will be run by local business woman Marina Enslin and we are so grateful for her time, ongoing sponsorship and support through Stay In Paternoster to the Project.

This course will have a huge impact on the skills development of the people of Paternoster.


At the handover of laptops Saturday 14th June 2014 at The Paternoster Fishmarket are (from front to back, left to right) Front row: Shermonay Marcus (PPP), Sanita van der Merwe (PPP),  Ronell van Tonder, Second Row: Marina Enslin (Computer Trainer), Median Losper (Local community), Karini Viljoen (First Step Academy) Back Row: Danie van Tonder (Chairman Die Kom Home owners association), Shontal Swartz (student for first computer course), Fran Hepburn (PPP) and Pieter Viljoen (First Step Academy).

A sewing group for the woman residence of Paternoster had their first evening together on the 16th of June and was greeted with much enthusiasm and excitement!

The ladies received training in the basics of cutting and layout of fabric, the use of an over locker. Everyone had the opportunity to cut,sew and trim a scatter cushion.  This group has indicated that they would like to continue with the sewing classes for the rest of the year!

30 ladies enrolled for the second  professional cleaner course on the 12th of June and together with the first course on 8 May,50 ladies have graduated so far. There is so much enthusiasm and interest that a third course will be presented before August 2014.

A huge thank you to Toni Shina for arranging the courses, providing a venue, refreshments and bringing along her wonderful trainers; Eleni and Leonora who share their valuable expertise with the ladies of Paternoster.

The ladies are so proud and happy to have their certificates at the end of the course.



Things are going very well and we are getting an overwhelming response from local people who would like to improve their skills and opportunities.

Thank you to all supporters and sponsors.

Together we can make a difference in Paternoster.


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