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Western Cape Jamboree
The OLIVE LEAF Foundation hosted their second semi-annual "Jamboree" on July 31st and August 1st at the OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha. Over 1500 children between the ages of 0-18 years attended the event, along with many parents and caregivers.
The Jamboree provided a space for the delivery of a variety of services, including assistance with social grant applications (SASSA), applications for ID books and birth certificates (Department of Home Affairs), TB screening (Desmond Tutu Foundation), inoculations (Department of Health), eye screening (SpecSavers), child welfare services (Cape Town Child Welfare), and first aid (South African Red Cross Society). The OLIVE LEAF Foundation (OLF) provided Voluntary Counselling and Testing for HIV to approximately 50 clients, and pregnancy testing on request. The OLIVE LEAF Foundation Prevention Programme reached approximately 185 youth with messages from their Teenage Pregnancy Prevention and Men as Partners interventions.The Jamboree was generously co-funded and co-hosted by Absolute Return for Kids (ARK).
Spec Savers completed eye tests for 577 children, and referred 102 children for additional eye testing. Immunizations were administered to 810 children. Ninety five children were referred for additional services. SASSA reported an intake of 652 individuals, and just over 200 grant applications.
The event's tremendous success would not have been possible without the contribution of several organizations. The OLIVE LEAF Foundation wishes to extend a special thank you to Kholiswa of ARK, Ebrahim of SASSA, Mary of Spec Savers, Shaun of Pinelands Spar, and Sam from the City of Cape Town Sports and Recreation Department. Due to the Jamboree's success, OLF in the Western Cape looks forward to inviting these partners to join them in planning their next two Jamborees, which will be held in March and September of 2009.
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