Film Industry Fund donates computers to Khayelitsha community project

baphumelele1On the 28th of April 2014 the Film Industry Fund supported the Baphumelele Waldorf Association in Khayelitsha by donating 5 computers, software and network printer with internet connectivity and fully integrated into their existing computer network to the value of R37 000,00.These computers will be used by the the 230 children in the care of Rosie Mashale in the foundation’s enrichment centre. Our thanks to Boot-up computers for providing free on site support and installation.

The Film Industry Fund is registered with the department of social services as a Non profit organization and was created by the CPA &

Rosie and some of the kids in her care take delivery of the equipment from fund administrator Rudi Riek

SAASP in order to give back to the communities in which filming takes place in a sustainable and responsible manner.

Currently 27 production companies contribute towards the Fund and each time these companies film on location in Cape Town a donation is made to the Film Industry Fund NPC. These donations are then ring-fenced; 50% goes towards the community in which filming takes place, 35% goes to previously disadvantaged areas only called the communal fund and the remaining 15% is used for administration of the fund.

In 1989, Rosalia Mashale, “Rosie” to those around her, a trained primary school teacher, moved from the Eastern Cape to Khayelitsha in the Western Cape Province. Rosie was disturbed to see young children going through the rubbish dump in search for food while their parents were away during the day, either at work or in search of work. She responded by taking children into her home, and together with a group of women from the community, began looking after these unsupervised children. After the first week, 36 children had joined their charge. The name given to this project was Baphumelele (pronounced: ba-poo-meh-leh-leh), a Xhosa word meaning “you have progressed”. From these humble beginnings Baphumelele Educare Centre was founded, which today is an established community crèche and Grade R (preschool) caring for roughly 230 children aged three months to six years. While the Educare Centre had developed a reputation for looking after children, Rosie also felt a calling to reach out to orphaned children in the community. To that end, Baphumelele Children’s Home was created as a place of safety for abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned children, many of whom have been affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic or have HIV/AIDS themselves.

Through the hard work, determination and help of the community and overseas friends, Baphumelele has developed into a thriving community project over the years. In addition to the Children’s Home and Educare Centre & Grade R, today Baphumelele encompasses other community outreach initiatives such as the Respite Care Centre; Clemens Cares for Kids; Hospice in the Home, Child Headed Homes, Fountain of Hope, Rosie’s Kitchen & Bakery as well as the Woodwork Shop