As part of the celebration of National Library Week, and in anticipation of World Book Day on 23 April, the Lebone Centre recently welcomed an exciting new addition to their Literacy Programme. They launched a custom-designed Book Box, purchased from the Shine Literacy Project in Cape Town with funds donated by Global Business Solutions from East London. Bright yellow in colour, with a door that swings open on hinges and plenty of display and storage space for books, it provides the ideal vehicle for a rich but contained collection of children's books. The box is secured with locks and can be moved around on its wheels. The children of the Little Red Dragon Preschool and the After-Care Enrichment Programme waited with great anticipation as the ribbon was cut, and then fell with excitement upon the colourful new books that were revealed. The Centre provided some of the books, but a very generous donation was also received from the Shine Project. Titles range from non-fiction reference books to fairy tales, South African stories and picture books for the young ones. It is the intention of the Lebone Literacy Programme to use the Shine Book Box in a variety of ways: for story hours in the Preschool, during the Nal'ibali Reading Club sessions for the After-Care children, for its Moms & Tots programme, etc.


The ICDP Trust was established in 2005 by Kingswood College in Grahamstown, as a vehicle for community engagement activities and to facilitate development in the surrounding community.

The main site of activity is the Lebone Centre, which is home to a preschool, an after-care enrichment programme for vulnerable children, and a comprehensive literacy programme.

The Centre is located in a previously disadvantaged area and aims to work in partnership with the relevant communities to address the effects of poverty and help children to maximize their potential. The approach is a holistic one that aims to work in an in-depth way that involves families and all the aspects of a child's life (social, emotional, physical and intellectual), as well as interacting with children along the age spectrum.

The Trust is a registered NPO and functions under a Board of Trustees chaired by Dr Barbara Matthews. There are 5 full-time and 5 part-time staff members.

Many of the activities of the Centre operate through partnerships with local schools, Rhodes University, other non-government organizations and the local media. In 2011, the Lebone Centre won the Community Partner of the Year Award from the Rhodes Community Engagement Office.

Kingswood College contributes by way of providing the premises (and related maintenance at the Centre) as well as support services such as the computer network and financial services. Funds for the running of the programmes are sourced from trusts, foundations, private donors and local businesses.

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