Blog Index First Aid Training with Sinovuyo Day Care Centre thanks to Myerscough College in the UK

Head & shoulders, knees & toes...

Head & shoulders, knees & toes...

One of CNSV:XP’s regular groups, Myerscough College, donated money to support a level 1 First Aid Training Course for the teachers at Sinovuyo Day Care Centre in Paterson. CNSV:XP has been supporting Sinovuyo for 2.5 years now and with their number of children growing rapidly we felt it was important to equip the teachers with some First Aid Training to not only further their skills but to also enhance the safety and well-being of the children.

Our community pioneer, Cindy Stadler, organised for a brand new First Aid Bag for the Centre and for the charismatic and engaging trainer, Rosemary Joubert, to deliver a 2 day programme to 6 staff.

By running a programme like this we are encouraging the team at Sinovuyo to be better equipped and more confident at dealing with illnesses and child management. These kinds of skills are not readily available to teachers in the area and it was certainly a hugely beneficial exercise. The most amusing part of the course for most was when they had to practice putting each other into the recovery position, some were better at playing the unconscious patient than others! The Headmistress of Sinovuyo, Mrs Joni was delighted with the course and with everyone passing the final exam, she said she was very proud of her team.

To make this all possible our other school group in residence at the time, from Merrist Wood School near Guildford, took on the responsibility of looking after the kids for the full 2 days whilst the teachers were attending their course. So, with students turning teachers they took on the challenge of teaching them to count in English, as well as key words for every day items and the final challenge was to feed everyone! The highlight for the kids at the centre though was the infamous “Heads, Shoulders Knees and Toes” rhyme which went down incredibly well! There were a lot of tired students at the end of the day who realised just how difficult child care can be! One of the students said, “This was the most rewarding experience of my whole trip”. Sinovuyo really does touch your heart.

Louise Bell, a Tutor from Myerscough College and organiser of the trip had this to say - "Following our inspiring trip to the Shamwari Conservation Experience last year, some of the students came forward asking if they could set up a regular donation to the Sinavuyo crèche to help fund future projects. It seemed that the little ones at the crèche surely touched our tough animal studies students!

Since our return to the UK we have tried to raise awareness of the project including presenting a couple of talks to students who were unable to come on the trip and to the wider college audience. Students have been regularly donating to the crèche fund to help keep the project moving forward to allow the local children to develop their education and play with their friends in a safe environment. We will continue to support the project and raise awareness of the value of education amongst children around the world."

Huge thanks to the Myerscough students and staff for their incredible generosity and commitment to the Sinovuyo development plan. We couldn’t do this excellent work without you and hope that you will soon be back to see what you have made possible.

If you would like to donate to our community funds, please do get in touch on our Facebook page or email us on




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