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  • Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop is located outside the village of Hanover, near Bhisho, the capital of the former homeland, Ciskei, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

  • Volunteer Program

    Volunteer Program
    Volunteer Program

    Hilltop has for many years in the post-apartheid era encouraged a program of volunteerism to play a part in reconstructing a new path for South Africa.

  • Woody Cape Holiday Resort


    Situated right next to the Indian Ocean, this resort is the perfect escape for those looking for a place to spend some relaxing days.

    Whether it is superb fishing or exellent hiking opportunities, there is a lot to discover in the area!

  • Xhosa Culture


    The Transkei, home to the Xhosa people, is the only part of the country still governed by tribal authorities, and most of the region's inhabitants maintain a traditional lifestyle. The Xhosa people live in the traditional way, with ancient tribal systems still intact.

    The people live in thatched mud-brick huts peppered across the hills, without running water or electricity, and subsist through growing mainly maize.

  • Addo Elephant National Park


    More than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species are situated in the Addo Elephant National Park.

    Lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area. The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle is located within the park.

Daily Bread Children's Home Sewing Project

2017-06-25 14:25 by Robin Roberts

At Daily Bread, our volunteer from Switzerland Beatrice Felber is teaching dressmaking and sewing skills to children at Daily Bread. Currently there are 8 boys and 7 girls enrolled in the course. In Beatrice these children have found an incrediably great teacher and have learned to trust her as a friend and mother figure.

These children have throughly enjoyed their experiences of learning from Beatrice. They have gained the basic fundamentals in how to sew, using the machines and making wonderful products from pin cushions as the first project, to hand bags, into more difficult items like beautiful pilliows, skirts and head scarfs. The training has brought out the best in everyone! Even some of the house mothers take classes in the mornings.

Beatrice has become aquainted with our fabric stores here for purchasing materials and has discovered a new range and world of African fabrics! The children participating in the programme have discovered their talents and have a whole new appreciation for how to make attractive functional items and clothes!

Many thanks to the Bernina officials and management in Switzerland and in East London, South Africa for their very generous donation of six new sewing machines. Beatice and her supportive friends in Switzerland cannot ever be thanked enough for the milestone and positive footprint that is being established at Daily Bread, as a on going project for the life skills devolpment of the children. 

See more about this project on Our Face Book Page, Hilltop Empowerment Centre

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