Community Engagement

Independent Community Development Programme(ICDP) 

As part of our mission and Chapel programme, Kingswood College initiated an outreach project into the local underprivileged community which flanks our school campus.  While the initial objective of an outreach programme was to expose our own pupils to community service and to teach them compassion and Christian caring, the project has mushroomed into a fully-fledged pre-school and after-school care programme for the many underprivileged children from the surrounding community.

Our Independent Community Development Programme (ICDP) managed within a year to acquire premises, Lebone House, near our school, at which the Little Red Dragon Preschool operates for 23 5-year olds, and an after school and enrichment programme for 15 children declared as "vulnerable" by local Child Welfare and other NGO's.  "Vulnerable" is the term that has been adopted to cover a myriad of things, from HIV infected and affected, to abused and indigent.  Grahamstown is an area characterized by poverty and unemployment due to the lack of any large industry in this area - and with this, comes the inevitable social and economic hardships. So many of these children come from homes where parents and relatives are suffering from HIV/AIDS, unemployment is rife and life is a daily struggle. Kingswood College has managed to establish a haven of care and peace for them at Lebone House.  Reports from their schools show that their behaviour and results have improved significantly since our intervention.

All the projects directly demonstrate spiritual concern and a Christian ethos.

The Kingswood College Community Projects Club (KCCPC) now consists of 10 different interest groups which operate to serve the interests, running and projects of the ICDP, making the project significantly pupil-led and managed.  Kingswood pupils are involved with the following :

• Big Brothers
• Donations Management
• Fundraising
• Garden and Maintenance
• Lebone Centre
• Little Red Dragon
• Media and PRO
• Networking and Collections
• Sewing and Knitting
• Teenagers against AIDS
• Makana Spears Basketball Team

The ICDP Trust is a registered Trust, PBO (Tax Exemption) and NPO (organization not for gain).

Click here - http://www.icdptrust.com/ to visit the ICDP Trust's own website, which is designed and maintained by Kingswood pupils.

Pictured Below: A Kingswood Big Brother spends time with children who participate in the ACE (After Care and Enrichment) Programme at Lebone House.

Pictured Below: Kingswood pupils repair furniture for Lebone House

 Pictured Below: Food parcels for indigent families.


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