WHO ARE WE?
Sing Inchanga is a UK registered charity working primarily in and around The Valley of 1000 Hills, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
The valley lies between Durban and Pietermaritzburg
Our founder David Tims went out to South Africa on a school trip in 2007 to do some outreach work, and it completely changed his life.
In 2010, he went back, after raising enough money to buy a piano for
Inchanga Primary School. This was the start of Sing Inchanga.
There was no real space for this piano, other than a storage room with broken
windows and ceilings, but this had to do. This is where our first choir at Inchanga Primary School, was started. David, being a musical director, was able to quickly get the choir into shape and soon, we had our first paid booking.
It was a great success and the money made from the concert went straight back into helping to improve the school.
After a break from South Africa and a few more concerts in the UK,
there was now enough money to renovate the schools hall and take it from a dirty, ratridden building, into something everyone could be really proud of.
Enough money had been raised to give the classroom a makeover and some ceilings, but a big financial investment from a company called EduSolutions, made the buiding look like it does today.
So, with a stage in the room too, we could really start thriving
as a choir!
WHAT WE DO
We strive to give opportunities to learn music and in turn provide sustainable teaching in these communities.
We provide grants to enable schools to fund music teachers as well as giving the right resources for music to be taught.
We provide guitars and guitar teachers, to allow for group instrumental lessons for students and for schoolteachers. Thus allowing, in time for the teachers to be able
to pass their skills on to the students.
We are using funds raised mainly in the UK to ensure that dilapidated buildings are bought up to a good standard.
We provide educational facilities to improve the learning environment of pupils. We help individuals in dire need of support and can help to start projects like community gardens for a sustainable source of food and in some cases, an income.
The Boys Choir
After the grand opening of the choir room at Inchanga Primary School, a boys choir from a local high school (Siphesihle High School), presented themselves to David, and ask him for some help and direction.
David was more than happy to oblige, and during his next trip he focused on this group of choristers and put them forward to perform in some prestigious concerts. This included a performance supporting the worlds finest boys choir, Kearsney Boys High School.
The Sing Inchanga Guitar School
This project supplies schools with guitars, cases and tuners to allow for private and class instrumental lessons to take place. Currently there are guitars in two schools, Kwamanzini Primary School and Inchanga Primary School.
Private donors from fundraising events in the UK have mostly funded the guitars. This
project is giving young people and teachers the opportunity to learn an instrument
and express their creativity. By teaching teachers, we are ensuring that the lessons
will become sustainable, and they will then be able to pass on their skills
Sithembakuye Children’s Home
Another place that we have been fortunate enough to help at in the Valley, is KwaNuswa. In 2010, through another charity, LionsRaw, we were introduced to Sithembakuye Children’s home.
A home run by a couple, Russell and Precious, who were looking after a number of young people who were in situations meaning they could not live at their homes.
Some of them had no parents, some had parents or grand parents who had problems meaning they were not fit to care for their families.
Sithembakuye Community Garden
Our most recent project at Sithembakuye has been a community garden. Due to some of the upgrades we helped with at the house, and a remarkable amount of hard work done by Russell and Precious, they were then able to apply to become a small hospital
Russel went out and got some more funding, extended their home and now has several doctors and nurses looking after roughly 30 old and young patients who cannot look after themselves and need constant care.
It’s amazing and has been named the White House. The community garden provides healthy meals for all at this beautiful place and we hope to help it expand with Russell (Mr.Greenfingers) steering the ship.
Inchanga Primary and the birth of Sing Inchanga
In 2010, David went back to South Africa, after raising enough money from a concert in the UK, to buy a piano for Inchanga Primary School. This was the start of Sing Inchanga.
Sithembakuye Community Garden
The White House
UK Registered Charity No.1158473