The Butterfly Centre in Stanford has been identified as the chosen beneficiary of the Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse (L2L) 2020 walk.
Jami Kastner, founder of the school for children with disabilities, was pleasantly surprised by the news on Tuesday 27 August, when the L2L ladies arrived at the centre in good cheer, waving balloons.
This new development means Kastner can move forward with the vision to build a new school which will be able to accommodate 40 children. The current premises are on the market, and the new school will be built at Stanford Hills.
According to Kastner, the school has all the necessary municipal approval for the departures and consents needed for the site. “We are currently in the process of registering a long term lease at zero rental,” she said. “We are also still awaiting final approval of the building plans.”
The first phase of the building will cost R1 000 000, the first R500 000 has been committed a few months ago by a private Foundation. Kastner adds that the reality will always be that very few in the area can afford full fees or therapy fees, so fundraising will still be a reality for a few years.
The school will be equipped with classrooms and a training facility where facilitators will receive the necessary training to take care of special-needs children.
In her own experience of going through the special-needs journey with her son Jack (12) the information and facilities in the Overstrand were scarce.
“I had to travel extensively to take him to places that specialise in his kind of needs, but many cannot afford that. To bring a facility such as this to the Overstrand would be beneficial and accessible to all.” With her whole heart she would like to make this journey easier for those living in the Overstrand. Parents of the children with special needs will also have the needed support system.
According to Kastner, the children will have the opportunity to develop skills working on their individualised school programmes and growing into their meaningful purposes.
“Everything came into alignment as it should and it has truly been a journey of faith,” he said.
Kastner is excited to be walking alongside the L2L ladies for the big walk of March 2020. She also thanks the community for their incredible support. The next L2L practice walk will take place on Sunday 15 September.The Butterfly Centre is a registered Non-profit and Public Benefit organisation started in 2013 by Jami and Peter Kastner, in honour of their youngest son Sam who tragically died that same year. The school opened it’s doors on 20 July 2014, on what would have been young Sam’s third birthday.
The Butterfly centre
The Butterfly centre is an early learning intervention centre located in Stanford. The main goal of The Butterfly Centre is to help kids who are not coping in the mainstream environment due to a number of reasons, delays and barriers to learning.
The full-time students who range between the ages six and thirteen receive classes at the level and speed to suit their specific abilities.
Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse
Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse Ladies is a Non-Profit Organisation that hosts an annual 4-day walk of 100 km along the pristine shore of the Southern Cape coast of South Africa. The walk starts at the historic Lighthouse at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of the African continent and ends at the Danger Point Lighthouse in Gansbaai.
The main purpose of the Walk in March every year is to raise funds for charities situated within the Overstrand District Municipality. The goal of this dynamic group of women is to bring light through fundraising in aid of charity projects and they aim to make a difference with each step they take along this beautiful landscape.
The Lighthouse2Lighthouse Ladies Walk has become an iconic event within the Overberg community since 2006 and they raise the bar each year in their fundraising efforts. This female-only event is a definite box on any woman’s bucket list.
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