Keep The Dream196

VISION: To see all children enter adulthood with holistic skills and abilities necessary to contribute effectively to the development of South Africa ORGANISATION MISSION: "Our mission is to assist children to overcome difficult life circumstances by building resilience, physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically, using a Right's based framework, so they are able to realize their full potential and contribute to the building of South Africa."

Keep The Dream196
Zwariri Drive
Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo 0835
South Africa
+27732742080
http://www.keepthedream196.com

Director

Louise Batty

Management Team

Elizabeth Mabuza, Louise Batty, Elizabeth Mabuza

Board of Directors

Nkululeko Mabuza, Louise N Batty, Elizabeth Mabuza, Louise Batty, Elizabeth Mabuza

Project Leaders

Louise Batty

Mission

VISION: To see all children enter adulthood with holistic skills and abilities necessary to contribute effectively to the development of South Africa ORGANISATION MISSION: "Our mission is to assist children to overcome difficult life circumstances by building resilience, physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically, using a Right's based framework, so they are able to realize their full potential and contribute to the building of South Africa."

Programs

To realise our goal we use the Scout Program as our vehicle. Scouts is an internationally recognised youth movement which we have tailored to meet our specific needs in rural South Africa. THIS IS NOT a baby sitting service it is an essential service from which our children have told us Scouts & Keep The Dream 196 have saved their lives from a life of crime, poverty, HIV and hopelessness. The children meet as often as they want to however they meet weekly with an adult and decide their own agendas. Some groups meet every day others a couple of times a week to hold games, homework support, community service activities, scouts skills etc. They create their own agendas. Currently we see 2006 children on a weekly basis in 85 different villages with 146 volunteers who have been trained to support the children. Age groups range from Cubs (5-11yrs) Scouts (12-18yrs) Rovers (18-25yrs). We have a small group of Rovers who have been through the program and have now returned to the program as adult leaders, this makes the program sustainable. This project is not a quick fix answer to the needs of children; rather it is a long term investment in the future to build the child holistically and sustainably to overcome not just the current situations they find themselves confronting but all the challenges that life has to present in the future. 1. Training 2. Support 3. Advocacy and Awareness Raising Activities Keep The Dream 196 Children's Life Skills Project has a comprehensive integrated model of training, care and support for all children particularly Orphan & Vulnerable children and their Caregivers. One which incorporates providing a safety net at all levels to assist the child to become resilient and an active member of their community. This model is child focused and assists the child to identify their strengths, to build on those strengths to overcome challenges so they can address their own needs and thereby building resilience for the future. Children are empowered to participate in activities and decisions that shape their lives; advocacy is an important component of the overall mission of the project. 1. Training: Keep The Dream196 presents quality training and ongoing support to selected caregivers, trainers, workplaces, Community Based Organization's (CBO's) and individuals located primarily in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality (GTM) in order to develop skills and confidence when dealing with children and children's issues particularly regarding the changing family dynamics associated with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and poverty. Training of Home Based Care Workers in OVC related issues: o e.g. counseling, counseling children, communication skills with children o Grants access o Children's Life Skills project o Group Therapy o Developing Circles of Support with children o Children's Rights and their responsibilities Training of Caregivers e.g. parents, grandparents, older siblings, foster parents etc in: o Counseling, child focused grief & loss, building resilience in children, developing safety nets for children, communication skills with children, grants access, grant abuse issues o Children's rights and their responsibilities Training Children: o Their Rights and responsibilities o Building Resilience o Peer Education in Life Skills e.g.: Self Discipline Self Development Team-work skills Communication skills Advocacy Participation skills Management skills Income Generation Skills First Aid HIV/AIDS Peer Education Food Security Environmental Care Training of service providers and other interested parties: o Children's Rights and Responsibilities o Communication with children o Building resilience in children o Children's Life Skills program o Group Therapy for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS o Remedial Education for children who had to leave formal education to care for sick family members 2. Support Ongoing Support is provided in terms of Monitoring and Evaluation of service delivery and in service training through the CBO's. Support is provided to ensure that the fundamental principles of Children's Rights are upheld and that quality of service delivery to the communities is maintained. This area is vital to the ongoing quality of service rendered and essential for the development of the overall program. 3. Advocacy and Awareness Raising Activities Advocacy and Awareness Raising Activities regarding children is a cross-cutting component of all training given and forms a major portion of empowering children and building resilience by using a Rights Based approach to all services delivered. In 2010 we focussed on anti human trafficking campaign for our area. Groups of Scouts performed plays on human trafficking and the asked the communities to problems solve the various scenario's presented to identify traffickers and how to stop them. In 2011 we focused on every child having a birth certificate and ID document where by they could access the Child Support or Orphan Grants. This was a 100% success. In 2011 we also focussed on Climate Change with emphasis environmental care, anti littering, conservation. This was inconjunction with a 2yr program of Food For Life where 1,400 children have been taught to create door sized vegetable gardens, gray water harvesting, composting, crop rotation, natural pesticides, marketing of excess vegetables so that the families can have fresh produce and provide food security for the households and a small income for the child.

Statistics on Keep The Dream196

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $189,635
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $189,635
  • Other funding sources: We receive funding from International donors eg Kindernothilfe and Oxfam Australia plus National quasi government National Development Agency Small number of private donors. In the past we have received from Peacecorp, US Embassy, local foundations, small number of income generating projects.
  • Religious Affiliation: christian but no descrimination
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