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Exceptional Exam results

This year we have 3 degree students who have done incredibly well in their final exams. 

The photo shows Cyril who in his final year of a Zooligy Degree got an Award as the years Exceptional Student. What an amazing achievment. He is hoping to transfer over to medicine with the aim of becoming a Doctor.

Our second high flying student is Thobeka who in the last year of a 4 year degree course to qualify as a teacher also got the top achiever award. 

And the third is Nelly who having finished and passed a degree in Marketing has been offered a course to do a Masters Degree.

   These young people are proving that having been given the chance by the Vine Project to further their studies, they are making every effort to achieve the best they can.

        Well done to them all 



Come and join us for afternoon tea in the Parsonage Gardens July 16th.  As well as lovely cakes and sandwiches we have a pianist to set the mood and a trail around the gardens which should be looking at their best. All welcome.  2pm-4pm 

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As part of the our 10th Anniversary Sonia and Pat took a large group of youngsters for a fun weekend to the Twin Streams Environmental Centre.  We celebrated by playing games, doing team building events, and in the evening the children put together their own production of  "Vine's Got Talent".  It was great entertainment and the evening finished with the children singing to us in Zulu about opening doors into the future and how Vine had done just that for them.  It was so emotional to see how these youngsters have blossomed into such confident young people.  We were in tears!  Each child came and gave us a big hug.  It makes it all worth while.


Come and join us for a fun evening of wine, poetry and music

Zulu crafts for sale which make super Christmas presents, or join us for a glass of wine and listen to the music,

Love to see you there!

Family Charity Bowling Sunday May 7th

Join us for a fun afternoon of bowling in the park.  Bring the family and learn how to bowl.  Didsbury Park from 1pm.  Practice first for an hour and then the competition begins!

£10 per person includes afternoon tea

Prizes, tombola and lots of fun!


contact Sonia:  07900 273774

The African Vine Committee

This is Pat with the African Vine Committee.  These three young people are members of the Vine family.  Derrick, Nonkululeko and Siyabonga are all university graduates who have gone through our programme and want to give something back.  They understand better than anybody the problems of being an orphan and trying to find your place in the world. In their own works "You can delegate to us".  In our absence they are the contacts for the children.  We are so proud of them. 

Nail and Hand Workshop

In October, A'dell a beautician and one of our committee members, came out to the project to run a manicure workshop.  The youngsters learnt all the aspects of hand and nail care.  They thoroughly enjoyed it.  They all received a certificate to show they had learnt a new skill and some of them already have clients and are earning some extra cash.   

The Vine Project's Poet in Residence



Jolivia, who is a Manchester based poet, has become very interested in the Vine Project. Having listened to the stories of the children and the way our  project runs, she has written 5 poems for us. They are very moving and poignant pieces, exactly portraying what the charity is all about.  In June she has been chosen as poet of the month by a publishing group. We are thrilled to have her involvement.

They will be sold as a pack of 5 notelets, each with a different poem and picture costing £4 per pack. 



We give this award each year in the memory of Guiseppe Orsini who was a great supporter of our project.  It is given in two catagories, Cyril (Sbusisi Mkabela) received it for academic excellence.  He passed his Matric at Batchelor's Level allowing him to go to University where he's doing a degree in Zoology.  The second award is for help in the community.This was given to Derrick Makhanya who having been supported by us for a number of years, is now helping the younger Vine members in the township.  Specifically doing workshops to help them fill out their CAO forms needed for university and college entrance.   

Well done to both Cyril and Derrick, they are wonderful role models for our project.

Inaugural Meeting of the South African Vine Committee

We are so pleased that 3 local people, who work with and support our project, have agreed to become voluntary members of our South African Committee.  From their own experiences they understand the problems that the children face.  Their input will be invaluable to us.  We will meet with them twice a year whenever we visit. Dr Vincent Mthethwa is a local headmaster with years of experience in schools, Maureen Makhathini is a local teacher looking after children with specific problems, and Derrick Makhanya is one of the youngsters who Vine has been supporting over the years and is now finishing his degree at University.  We look forward to working with them all.