We are a young and dynamic team. We live what we teach and we are committed to cultivating a generation of confident, conscious and responsible Earthchildren.

JANNA KRETZMAR

DIRECTOR

I founded Earthchild Project in 2007 with the dream of nurturing a new generation of conscious and empowered young leaders. Before Earthchild Project, I completed a degree in Anthropology and Psychology, became a qualified yoga instructor and gained experience in informal education and youth facilitation. My role now is to ensure that our team works with integrity and passion in a way that is sustainable and professional, and in turn to provide the children with positive role models, high quality programmes and valuable skills for life. I am very proud of our amazing team of dedicated staff, and inspired by the impact that they have on the lives of the children we work with.

LINCI ABRAHAMS

SCHOOLS’ PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Growing up on the Cape Flats, the challenges that I faced inspired me to study in the fields of Social Sciences, Psychology and Developmental studies. After completing my studies and coming full circle in the corporate sector, I found my passion in the NGO sector working with children and youth, joining the Earthchild Project team in 2010. I have since completed my yoga teacher training and my role as a Schools Programme Manager has evolved on so many exciting levels where I get to do what I love – teaching Primary learners about health and wellness through yoga. The best part of my work is creating opportunities for children to explore Self Love!

NOKS JADA

SCHOOLS’ PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

For the past 15 years I have had a dedicated practice of breath work, music, yoga, self-development studies and Sudarshin Kriya. I started teaching children’s yoga when I joined Janna in the first year of Earthchild Project in 2007. The benefits of all of these practices drew my interest, eventually leading me to complete my yoga teacher training in Costa Rica in 2017. I gained deeper interest in teaching parents and school teachers and within my own community. I aim to nurture and inspire the children with whom we work by making a difference in their lives.

 

XOLI FUYANI

Environmental Programme Manager

My passion has always been working with children, especially teenagers, encouraging them to care for, protect and take personal action toward themselves, the earth and others. Before Earthchild Project, I worked at WESSA & Fullcycle, offering educational programmes that taught learners and teachers about environmental issues affecting their communities. I joined Earthchild Project in 2008 and my current role is coordinating our schools’ Environmental Education Programmes and supporting and mentoring our GAP Year interns. I want to inspire the children with whom we work to play a role in society by creating the change they want to see and developing a sense of UBUNTU (humanity).

 

ETIENNE BASSON

Environmental Programme Manager

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I have worked with various NGO’s over the last few years and have focused on connecting people to nature through hiking trails and walking experiences. I believe that stimulating people’s curiosity through practical and personal experiences not only allows  them to connect to nature but also allows them to connect to their nature and what comes naturally to them. Something that truly inspires and motivates me is witnessing how being in nature can connect people from different backgrounds and positively influence relationships. I want to teach people to fall in love with nature.  I joined the Earthchild Project in 2017 as the Environmental Education Coordinator in Lavender Hill.

CARLY APPELBY

Communications Manager

When asked by my yoga guru what yoga meant to me, my answer was simple ~ My Journey to Self-love ~ and it’s a journey that will continue to evolve with me throughout my life. Little did I know that working with Earthchild Project and witnessing the self love that we cultivate daily in little earthchildren would play a vital role in my own personal journey, too. With a passion for nature and self development, and a desire to keep learning and growing in the communications field, I feel at home with the Earthchild Project Family. I want to bring the message of what we do to the world, so that they too can be a part of the change.

CASSANDRA WAGENAAR

OPERATIONS MANAGER

I grew up on the Cape Flats, which is where I still reside. I completed my Honours in Psychology and then pursued a Master Degree in Research Psychology. I am currently a Registered Counsellor and Research Psychologist, and completing a PhD in the same field. I’ve been working in various low income communities, such as Bishop Lavis, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Parkwood, Lavender Hill and Khayelitsha to name a few. I am passionate about programme management and monitoring and evaluation and using the skills I have acquired to make a meaningful impact in the lives of young adults and children through Earthchild Project.

SIKILIELWA WAKA

YOGA PROGRAMME FACILITATOR

I was born and raised in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Growing up in Khayelitsha has always been a struggle for young people. There are no role models that you can look up to, people to inspire you or even celebrate you. My biggest achievement has been working for Earthchild Project, growing within the organisation and sharing my work with the people who have had an impact on shaping the person that I am today. I have always wanted to work with children, inspire them and give back to my community, and working with Earthchild serves that desire so well.

ASEMAHLE NDONDANA

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FACILITATOR

I started working for Earthchild Project as a Gap year intern in 2016 after being a participant in the Programme since I was 9 years old. One of my biggest achievements is running a hiking club as I used to join the hikes regularly as a child.  My role within Earthchild Project is to facilitate the environmental education lessons for our living classrooms and to manage and run the after school programmes. I aim to inspire our earthchildren everyday by providing them with the information and life skills that will better their lives in the future.

ATHI KHULU

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FACILITATOR

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In 2007, my love for environmental studies started to grow  when I joined Earthchild Project in my school and was involved with the first ECP Hiking Club. I have always loved being outdoors,  especially when learning about and exploring nature.  My love for the environmental programme’s has also played a big part in me becoming a happy hiker and allowed me to join the Wilderness Within Trail for five days of walking and camping combined with meditation and mindfulness. In 2018 I was entered for  the Global Youth Award based in London where I was chosen as the winner for the environmental leadership section. I now lead hikes and environmental lessons in Khayelitsha.

JADENE VAN NEEL

GAP YEAR INTERN

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I have been part of Earthchild Project since I was 10 years old and now I’m 18 years old and doing my Gap Year internship where I teach extra mural art to grade 3 learners. Earthchild Project has always given back to the community and I’ve gained so much knowledge over the years and now I’m also giving back to my community and sharing my knowledge with my art learners. I now have the opportunity to explore my artistic side while I’m exposing my learners to Art. I’ve become the person that I am today because of ECP, which has saved me from becoming the norm in a challenging society.