THE DARLING TRUST is a charitable trust that assists the Darling community by empowering individuals to help themselves, mainly through participation in the sectors of education, skills development and health. In this website you will find details on the work that we do and how you can be involved.
What We’re Planning
Every year The Darling Trust hosts what soon became one of Darlings most popular annual events. Now in it’s eighth year, this talent show draws from all parts of Darling and in the next few months you can expect to see and hear all sorts of rehearsals inaction around our village. This all leads up to the main event when Evita se Perron will be over flowing with contestants and their supporters.
Last year Tannie Evita had this to say about the turnout:
“It brings me such joy to see all the happy faces of Darling here at Evita se Perron, my magtig, if my kitchen was large enough, I’d whip up a babootie big enough for everyone. If the ANC had this much support in Darling, everyone could have their very own pothole in the road outside their house, it’s just wonderful”
Evita’s Darlings “Under the Sea” End of Year Concert
On yet another glorious Darling evening, Evita’s Darlings, their parents and teachers got together for thee event of the year!
After weeks of preparation, dance and costume making – a variety of star fish, sea horses, octopus, jelly fish, mermaids and fish graced the stage with their ‘Under the Sea’ moves and grooves – needless to say the audience went wild with appreciation! Thank you to Evita’s Darlings’ dedicated staff for another year of hard work, love, care and understanding in making that big step to big school smooth and less daunting for 60 budding learners. Good luck to Evita’s Darlings Class of 2016!!
Spring has sprung this September – our budding learners at Evita’s Darlings love to read, with a growing library for each class – thank you Dušanka Stojaković for 60 new books from New Africa Books!
About The Darling Trust
The Darling Trust was established in August 2003 by founding member, former trustee and present patron, Pieter-Dirk Uys – set up to assist the previously disadvantaged communities of Darling. The aim: To empower individuals to help themselves, mainly through participation in the sectors of education, skills development and health.
The Darling Trust implements projects that are meticulously planned, effective and fully accountable. Additionally acting as a channel for funding for our communities, by identifying areas of need and assisting those who endeavour to address those needs. Funding to these individuals and organisations is carefully considered and continuously managed to promote sustainability and accountability.
* Pieter-Dirk Uys’s private political activities are wholly separate from The Darling Trust and likewise, the beliefs and stance taken by The Darling Trust are not necessarily representative of those of Pieter-Dirk-Uys. For further information on Pieter-Dirk Uys, please see his website www.pdu.co.za or the website for Evita se Perron www.evita.co.za
The Early Childhood Development Programme
On the 8th of March 2010 our Early Childhood Development programme opened its doors to a very needed crèche with 40 children.
In 2011 our brand new Grade R class opened its doors to a further 26 eager learners. The Education Center continues to grow and evolve – made possible by generous contributions from individuals, various organisations and subsidy from the Western Cape Department of Education. Evita’s Darlings are now up from 40 to 64 learners in two Grade R classes with a waiting list for next year!
The classes comply with all Government requirements and are registered with the Western Cape Department of Education.
Last year the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport approached The Darling Trust, to be the implementing agent for the EPWP (Expanded Public Works Programme) Internship.
We were excited to add this to our projects and set it in motion November 2015 with 6 Interns from the Darling community, who will be with us till March 2017 and thereafter a new team will be interviewed.
This has proved to be a very successful and much needed project for our youth. With the voluntary assistance from Kotie Reid (Trustee and Mentor), Riaan Neethling and Terry Marsh from Darling… Joanne Haasbroek, Karin Ralph and Maureen Thelland from Yzerfontein and many Darling residents, we have been able to provide excellent skills to the Interns, preparing them for future employment. Their enthusiasm and commitment is encouraging and an asset to The Darling Trust vision.
WHAT IS EPWP: (Expanded Public Works Programme)
Launched April 2004 – created 1.6 million work opportunities
April 2009 – 4.920 million work opportunities
PERIOD – 2014 – 2019
Aiming at creating 6 million work opportunities.
- Offer part-time employment
- Transfer skills through training
- Gain practical experience which may/can lead to job opportunities in the broader job market
- Employability through skills development
- Enhance their opportunities in finding employment once they exit the programme
We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this to our youth in Darling… if residents have the skills and time please contact Operations Manager Tasha St John-Reid…our youth need all the knowledge possible for their future.
THE DARLING TRUST AND EPWP INTERNS
The mission of The Darling Trust is to support the Darling community by empowering individuals in Darling and the surrounding areas primarily through education, skills development, health care and community outreach programs.
The objectives of The Darling Trust are to:
- Work with the local community in the identification of community needs and to address those needs by creating feasible projects or by supporting existing projects through funding or managerial or logistical assistance
- Act as a vehicle for the funding of community projects in Darling
- Facilitate skills development and employability
- Provide early childhood development facilities and learning
- Facilitate physical and mental health and wellbeing through education and care
- Assist the community with the challenges of HIV/Aids
- Facilitate the identification and development of creative talent and skills, especially amongst the youth
Impress your guests at the dinner table while contributing to The Darling Trust
If the road to reconciliation run through a country’s belly, Evita’s Kossie Sikelela cookbook provides its recipe for peace. She invites the whole country, the whole world to her table where everybody can feast on dishes like green bean bredie and cumin chicken with sweet potatoes. Who’ll be able to moan and groan between mouthfuls of walnut balls and pampoenkoekies, or baked apple clowns? Truly, there’s nothing like a generous helping of rabbit in red wine or guinea fowl with sultanas & hanepoot to bring forth brotherly love.
And liewe aarde, you will definitely want to be best friends with the orange trifle and Tannie’s melktert. Evita is always well prepared and includes recipes for diabetics and vegetarians, Halaal and Kosher dishes, and even recipes to keep as fit as she does.
Whether she entertains her grandchildren, caters for a picnic or plans a Christmas menu, Evita cooks up a storm.
Richly illustrated by artist Linda Vicquery, the expert behind the dishes.
Also included: many photographs of Evita and a preface by none other than Sophia Loren. Unfolded, the dust jacket is a laminated full-colour poster.
Also available in Afrikaans as Evita se Kossie Sikelela.
Evita’s Kossie Sikelela (Umuzi) costs R175 including VAT and is available from selected leading bookshops as well as Evita se Perron.
Evita — acclaimed chef and icon of the nation — presents her recipes for delicious dishes gathered on travels in South Africa and around the world.
From the Cape to Limpopo, the West Coast to our president’s home province, come divine platefuls: guineafowl with prunes, potroasted quail, quince bredie and orange duck. Pofadders, oxtail and even sweet and sour warthog.
Evita reinvents old favourites, and deliciously prepares veldkos — who would have thought of waterblommetjie chicken or dandelion salad for the dinner table?
Each recipe has been tested and vetted, and they’re all ridiculously easy to make.
My liewe aarde, just paging through the book is a mouth-watering experience, with all these pictures taken on her visits. First there was Kossie Sikeleta, now there is Bossie. A new culinary front hits your table.
Evita’s Bossie Sikelela costs R175 including VAT and is available from selected leading bookshops as well as Evita se Perron.