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The help supplied to Helderberg Sport Academy

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It’s already been one year that we exchange emails with Lewellyn. And we met him at last for real a few days ago! Lewellyn is someone passionate by athletics, and more specifically by the road running. He is 29 years old and he spent his childhood in Macassar, in the Helderberg basin. HSA was establish in 1999 when it become apparent that children in the helderberg basin and community did not receive adequate or correct type of sport coaching. The Academy has a motto: “training is winning winning is a way of life” to all children irrespectively of their ability to pay.

Lewellyn started to run in HSA club in 1999 and then he suggested to open another HSA club in Macassar to help the children from his township. They started to set a new HAS club up in 2005 with John Samuel.


Lewellyn and John work together for 5 years to coach the children. Their main focus is road running, race walking, track and field and cross country. With sport, they try to prevent the following issues: substance abuse and child abuses (especially with violence in the home, they offer a safe and healthy environment to vent their feelings through sport).

With their daily work in narrow collaboration with the school and the police, they already saw an improvement: there are less child abuses, less violence and less substance abuse in Macassar.

We have been in touch with Lewellyn thanks to the webpage called « Sporting Chance ». And during our few days spent in Macassar, we determined the different ways we can help Helderberg Sport Academy. Here is the list of how we can help and support HSA:


  • Paying the subscription fees to Western Province Athletics. It’s 341 rounds per year and it’s enable to be consider as a real athletics club in their area and to participate to all the athletics events.
  • Supplying sport equipment to the children: we will send by post pairs of trainer shoes, pairs of socks, shorts and tee shirts for the children. We just need the sizes (Lewellyn will send us a list with all the sizes of the children) and then we will send them by post the sport equipments as soon as we collect all the clothes needed.
  • Creating a bank account: we opened a bank account with Lewellyn and John for the club. With this account, they could pay bus tickets and participation fees for the children. They will be able to go to the competitions. We only put a few rounds on the account for the moment, but our aim is to complete this bank account thanks to all generous European people!
  • Providing athletic coaching advices: it will help John and Lewellyn to train the children. They are really curious and interested in the different ways of training people. So we will send them a training schedule made by 2 athletics coaches (one Irish and the other French).
  • Helping in the communication area : Lewellyn told us that we would like to have a webpage for the club. We created with him a blog called In which they could add articles and write all the updates concerning HSA club. We explained them how to update the blog and we could help them in the future if they need more technical advices. Unfortunately for the moment, they do not have digital camera. But we promised them to send them one (even a second hand) as soon as possible.

The help supplied to Schoemansdal community

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It’s been already one year that we have contacted Jade for the first time. Jade is from Capetown and she worked for one year in Schoemansdal hospital. During this year in the community, Jade used to do athletics training with Joshua and the children. They did athletics in poor conditions, but she noticed a lot of motivation in the behaviours of the children and she was determined to help Joshua to train the children in best conditions.

So we worked together for one year now to understand the actual situation and the community needs in order to supply an efficient help.


Joshua, Max and Jade.

These are all the facts about the training conditions in Schoemansdal community:

  • Facilities problems: they run in a grass field, there is no stadium and no track.
  • Lack of equipments: the children run with jean trousers and feet naked. They do not have trainer shoes, tee-shirts and shorts.
  • Lack of financial means to participate to athletics competitions: the children do athletics because they love run but they cannot participate to competitions because it costs a lot (participation fees + bus tickets). As they do not go to the competitions, they lose their motivation to train regularly.

Why do Jade, Joshua and we want to help the children continuing to do athletics?

  • Because athletics is a mean to teach them good values: the respect, the solidarity...
  • Because if the children spend their time after school doing athletics, they won’t do bad things after school (like drink alcohol, smoke, take drug, or do crimes).
  • Because athletics is a good way to forget the daily tough reality.
    The children with their new equipment.

So this is how En piste pour le monde decided to help:

- Supplying sport equipment to the children: we bought 20 pairs of trainer shoes, 20 pairs of socks, 20 water bottles and 20 shorts. We will send us by post 20 tee-shirts « En piste pour le monde » with the name of their athletic club printed in the back. We would like organize as well a clothes collect when we will come back to France.

- Giving a name to their athletic club: they did not have an athletic club’s name. So we suggested them to find a name in order to feel themselves part of a real team and give them the motivation to run with their club every day. They were very proud to call their club «Inkhululeko Ngetinyawo Athletics Club», which means « Freedom by foot » in Siswati.

- Creating a bank account: we opened a bank account with Jade for the club. With this account, Joshua could pay bus tickets and participation fees for the children. They will be able to go to the competitions. We only put 2000 rounds on the account for the moment, but our aim is to complete this bank account thanks to all generous European people!

- Providing athletic magazines and coaching books: it will help Joshua to train the children. Joshua is really curious and interested in the different ways of train people. He seemed to like a lot the exercises suggested by Maxime (these exercises were very funny and the children loved them). We also will send to Joshua a training schedule made by 2 athletics coaches (one Irish and the other French).

This is a family from the community.

To finish, while these 4 days in Schoemansdal, we had the opportunity to visit the village and speak with a few inhabitants. We saw the several difficulties of the community like the VHI, the poverty, the unemployment (almost nobody has a job, they only feed their family thanks to their own gardens), the alcohol issue, drug and criminality. So we cannot be insensitive in front this sad reality. We already have a few ideas in our mind in order to help the community, but nothing concrete for the moment. We thought about setting up art crafts workshops to sell the products in France. It could be a good opportunity to create employment and economical activity in the area. We talked about that with Jade, she thinks it’s a nice idea. But we need time to organize this project. We will write another article on our website as soon as the things are more concrete.

A huge thanks to all the people who gave donation to En Piste pour le Monde, thanks as well to Philippe and Jim Kidd for the athletics exercises (the children loved them !) and thanks to Jade and John for being our guides during these 4 full days!

L'aide apportée au village de Huavina

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Avant d’arriver au village de Huavina, nous avions listé avec Lucie et Sibylle (de l’association Art Sport Entraide) les projets qu’En piste pour le monde pourrait réaliser conjointement avec ASE:

1. Réparer l’installation électrique.

2. Faire fonctionner la fromagerie.

Nous avons beaucoup discuté avec les habitants de Huavina durant notre semaine au village et voici ce que nous en avons déduit :


1. La turbine électrique :

Constat : la turbine électrique fonctionne bien, ce qui manque au bon fonctionnement de l’installation, ce sont :

- Des câbles pour faire passer l’électricité et alimenter les maisons du village.

- Le nettoyage des canaux pour faire circuler l’eau convenablement.

Aujourd’hui, les habitants ont deux heures d’électricité par jour (de 20H30 à 22H30 environ). Selon plusieurs témoignages de la part des villageois, ils sont tous frustrés de vivre comme dans les années 50 alors que nous sommes en 2010 ! Ils n’ont aucun moyen de communication avec le monde extérieur, leur seul moment de « connexion » avec l’extérieur reste le soir, à l’heure des informations télévisées.

Un seul inconvénient : la turbine ne distribue pas l’électricité équitablement. Les maisons les plus proches de la turbine pourront faire fonctionner leurs appareils électriques à 220 volts, les plus isolées ne le pourront pas. Une problématique se pose alors : Comment répartir équitablement l’électricité dans le village ?


La turbine hydroélectrique de Huavina.

Ce qui nous reste à faire :

- Définir une date de réparation.

- Etablir un devis des réparations (contacter les prestataires)

- Désigner une personne compétente pour réparer le système électrique.

- Trouver une solution pour répartir équitablement l’électricité.

- Trouver les fonds pour financer les coûts de la réparation.


2. La fromagerie :

D’un point de vue pratique, la fromagerie reste compliquée à faire fonctionner (pas assez de chèvres, ni de savoir-faire), les habitants de Huavina n’ont pas les ressources nécessaires au bon fonctionnement de cette fromagerie. Le village a alors suggéré de convertir cette fromagerie en « dulceria » (fabrication de confiture).

Constat : le village a les ressources nécessaires pour faire des confitures durant cinq mois de l’année avec la quantité de membrillos (coings) produits à Huavina. Les membres du village ont donc eu l’idée de fabriquer puis vendre leurs produits à base de membrillos : confitures et bocaux (conserves) de membrillos.

Quels sont les besoins pour la dulceria ?

- La capacité (autorisation attribuée par le gouvernement chilien après un contrôle sanitaire).

- Une formation pour savoir comment stériliser les pots de confiture et faire des conserves.

- Les matières premières : sucres, eau, pots en verre et étiquettes.


Les membrillos séchant au soleil.

Ce qui nous reste à faire :

- Contacter l’organisme de formation sur Iquique (ville la plus proche de Huavina) afin de leur demander s’ils peuvent faire venir un formateur au village.

- Se renseigner pour avoir la capacité pour faire cette dulceria.

- Faire une étiquette pour coller sur les pots (avec nom du produit, photographie, date de production, date d’expiration, ingrédients et lieu de fabrication).

- Faire un devis pour savoir combien va couter la capacité, la formation ainsi que les matières premières.


L’idée serait que le village puisse acquérir une certaine autonomie financière. Précisons qu’aujourd’hui, les habitants de Huavina vivent de leur propre production, ils subviennent à leurs besoins grâce aux ressources du village, en cultivant leurs terres.

The Huichol community

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Our project « en piste pour le monde » was born a year ago in our mind. The project has known a lot of change thanks to a lot of people we have met since we started. We listened to a lot of advices from people who knew a lot about charities and how to help.



We think it will continue to change in this way in order to help in the best way the people we are going to help.

That’s exactly what we had in mind when we met the « Huichols ». For the moment, we have to put on hold the “athletics” side of our project with the Huichols. After the visit we discovered that they don’t have any sport installations to do any sports. We will organize that later on.

During our week in the « Cebolleta » (name of the place), we observed a lot and talked a lot with the chief of the community in order to bring the best and the most concrete help possible.

Here are the main facts:

The school :

  • The food: the teacher told us that there are a lot of children that came to the school without eating before. The school is from 9 AM to 2 PM so some of them don’t eat until 4-5PM. We cannot really imagine make them do sport without eating before. For information, the Mexican government to help the children give them 1 liter of milk per month…
  • Lack of equipment: each pupil doesn’t have an exercice book a pen or a book to learn. The teacher will send us a list to tell us their needs.
  • Lack of clothes: they need more clothes. In fact when there it’s cold they are all sick because they don’t have the clothes necessary to fight the cold. When we were there a lot of them were sick because of that.
  • Health need: there is no medicine in this community, or in the school. For example, a child fell down when we were there. His knee was hurt and he had to walk more than 1 kilometer to get to the school…Off course his only way to get better was “time”. He has to be patient. Once again, for this reason, this is difficult to imagine developing the sport now.
The village and the « Huichol » community:


  • Lack of knowledge in areas. For example, they would need a doctor, or an electrician. They have the intellectual capacities to learn those areas however they don’t have the money to finance the studies.
  • An economic activity to develop. Now, their only way to make money is the Huichol arts and crafts that they sell on different markets.


Following the information we got we decided to do that:

Short term (6 months):

  • Give to every child the material necessary to go to the school and study normally. We bought 45 exercise books and 60 pens and pencil colors. They will receive all this stuff before the end of the year 2009. We are waiting for the teacher’s list to complete.
  • Give an economic help to the community. In order to use this ‘help’ in the best way possible for the community they scheduled a meeting with all the people from the village. As soon as they will decide how to use the money they will tell us and we will tell you!

A medium term (1 year):

  • Create a webpage to sell the arts and crafts Huichol in France, and in the same time, give us the opportunity to develop this economic activity and get more autonomy.
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  • Organise a collect of clothes.
  • Organise a photo exhibition to sell the pictures and send the money to the community.

Long term (1 – 2 years):

  • Sponsor one child or several children in order to send them to the nearest city to study. So that all the community could benefit from the knowledge of the student. Indeed, in the Huichol community each student comes back after his studies. They don’t want to stay in the city, they always come back in their mountains.
  • Build a canteen for the children so that EVERY child could eat at school and study better.
  • Develop athletics because they have capacities and would be very good athletes!

As you can see, the most important for us is to help the community in a concrete and efficient way. We rather support local initiatives than have ambitious projects that won’t take into consideration essentials factors of the local context, economical, social and environmental.

Once again a big thank you to all of you to make this possible for them! We will regularly update this page to inform you about our actions.


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