An initiative at Beudene to create a designated workspace for those disabled young adults who possess greater physical aptitude and strength is proving to be so much more than just that. Thus far the program has been a huge success and is met with enthusiasm from all benefactors involved. The team has been actively engaged in furniture restoration, recycling bicycle parts and transforming them into toys for autistic children, environmental beautification and litter removal. As the year progressed, Beudene came to realize that they would need to create a standalone workspace away from the classroom environment – a space where the boys could produce and repair various items in exchange for donations received. Once again inadequate funding created a bottleneck, but with the support from the Delivering Better Lives foundation (DBL), funding for the construction of an annex to the School was secured. The funds were released in September 2018 and construction started two weeks later.
This initiative made it possible for Beudene to extend the west side of the classroom into a “workshop-patio” where the boys can be 'deployed' in a way that is more deserving of their efforts. With the donation from DBL, Beudene now have a dedicated area where the restoration of furniture and other DIY projects can be performed without interruption or disruption to the classroom activities that cater to the autistic children’s need for structure and routine. Supplementary income from these tasks will also go a long way to create a more sustainable model for Beudene.
Beudene Daycare will close for a well-deserved rest from 30 November 2018 and will re-open on the 10th of January 2019.