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."
Oct 14, 2014

Annual Report looking back over 2013 acheivements

Louis M.
Louis M.

Dear Friends

Here is our Annual Report with lots of updates and stories by the children. 

Thank you for your support I pray that you will be suitably impressed by the work and the success stories we have.

I am also taking this opportunity to let you know about the bonus day on the 15th October from 0900-2359 EST. On this day your donation will be increased by 30% through GlobalGiving. Please consider donating particularly on this day. Please also ask your friends to be apart of this day.

With Gratitude

Louise

 

My name is Louis M., I joined scouts in 2004, I am very proud because I was the first boy to join scouts in Keep The Dream196 and I have stayed in Scouts now for 10yrs. When I was 12yrs old my parents divorced, it was a difficult time for me because of circumstances I lived on my own for 4years, my dad only came home on the weekends. Scouts became my family especially Akela Zabe. I was very naughty and aggressive towards my sisters during this time when they came to visit me but when I joined scouts my attitudes changed and I became loving and helpful. Also before I joined scouts I was very shy, I could not talk in front of people but through scouts I have gained confidence to speak to other people even if I don’t know them.

KTD196 has taught me many things such as: leadership skills, working with people, reading a map and compass, hiking, camping but the biggest skill I am proud of is living with confidence. Through KTD196 we have been given opportunities to go hiking and camping and developing our camp craft skills and increasing our experiences in new environments. Every time we go to camp we are entrusted to come back and share the information with those who didn’t go. I have to stand up and talk and train others, this has helped my self confidence and self esteem.

All of my friends that I have grown up with, in Shiluvane village, are involved in drugs and alcohol and doing bad things in the community for example stealing. KTD196 helped me stay away from drugs and alcohol. I have chosen to live the life of a scout and be honest, clean in word thought and deed. My aim is to become a good leader to the young ones in my community. To that end I am now an Assistant Troop Scouter for 1st Shiluvane. Being a part of KTD196 I have learnt you must be honest and be able to responsible for working towards your own future and not wait for someone to do it for you, this is empowering. I feel I have been mentored in a family of people who care about me and want me to succeed.

When I was 16yrs I went to Initiation school and realised that this tradition does not make me a man but undermines the values of family, community and scouting. Scouting and KTD196 has shown me what it means to be a real man. So many young men go to Initiation School and come back twisted believing they are men at aged 13 and can do what they want, drink alcohol, smoke, take drugs and have unprotected sex and make babies. This is not a true man that is why KTD196's work and Scouts are so important.

What I like about KTD196 is that they take all children, no one is refused. We all learn to work together and now I am a leader and a role model and that makes me feel proud of who I am today.

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Oct 14, 2014

Keep The Dream196 Moving forward

Learning to trust is important
Learning to trust is important

Dear Friends and supporters of KTD196,

We are moving forward. When I posted this project to fundraise $200,000 for KTD196 to purchase a farm we didnt have a farm in sight. Why did I put this project up, because by faith I knew we were going to find one and WE HAVE! You will see a few changes to the projects profile. For starters, because we have found a farm and negotiated the price, the target for this land has been reduced to $177,000. We have made an offer to the seller which has been accepted and now we are awaiting the banks approval of a loan in the interim. This property will immediately allow us to start having small camps for the children in the district. We have a series of out buildings which will allow for a camp kitchen and training room as well as wet weather provision (our rains come in summer and are torrential). We will actually be moving closer to the children so that will also reduce transport costs for them and for us.

This is so exciting because no longer will we have to only camp in the cold school holidays but we will have freedom to do more. Combined with this, the land is virtually not utilized so we can start farming and become self sustaining as an organization, no longer fully dependent on donors. The farm will also provide us with space and opportunity to run other projects. For example I have posted a mini project to train 8 youth in artisan skills, there is now room and work we can provide for some youth to be trained who can then go and earn their own living doing tiling, painting, woodwork, cabinetry etc.

Secondly, we have increased the number of children from 2,456 to 2,743. So far for 2014 we have increased the number of children we are impacting by 300. This is a reasonable amount because we dont advertise our work it is purely through invitation and word of mouth that people want to start our youth project and support the project by volunteering.

All of this has been made possible through our donors. That means you! I am so grateful for the support you have shown us. I know some who are receiving this email are doing so because you once donated to KD196, I am asking you to consider once again to support the work we are doing. I also want to add that on the 15th October from 0900 EST to 2359 EST is bonus day. This is where Global Giving with their partners are donating an extra 30% to recipients for donations made on that day. If you would like to give that day specifically would allow your donations value to be increased by 30%. There will be more bonus days towards the end of the year but make your money work for you and for us and prioritise these bonus days.

Nkomo Sweneni Ngopfu (Thank you so very much)

We are literally saving lives and changing lives

Louise

Camping
Camping
The smile, its all in the smile
The smile, its all in the smile

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Oct 8, 2014

Rounding off 2014

Learning how to make and use a recycled camp stove
Learning how to make and use a recycled camp stove

Dear Friends,

Wow, I cant believe it has only been 3months since our last report, time has flown.

Thank you for all your on going support and encouragement throughout this year it has been tremendous. We are slowly reaching our target for this project and I have started a new project where we are purchasing a farm so we can run our programs on weekends and school holidays so we are not limited to using other venues that we can only access during the winter school holidays. For the first time we will have our own office space, our own camp site and our own facilities which is exciting for us and the children. In fact, this week we will hear if the banks will loan us the money to move forward.

I am also reigniting a project from last year that of training 8 youth in artisan skills of painting, tiling, simple wood work, cabinet making etc so they can assist pensioners in their areas with donated support but also earn a small amount to support their studies.

Over the past 4 months we have held 15 Environmental Education Camps training over 1,000 scouts aged between 11-18yrs on various topics such as: alternative fuel sources, climate change, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and water cycle. Many children had not been camping before and it was a real highlight for the year as they returned to their villages so conscious of the need to protect their fragile environments that the children have become eco-warriors in their schools and homes.

• Dzunisani S. male (15) “Food for life (sustainable agriculture) helps with food security and we wont have to buy vegetables anymore, I will have my own garden and if I make a big garden I can also sell and get money that way."


• Nhlamulo N. female (16)” I have learned how it is important to keep yourself clean and always wash your hands before you touch food especially as a future mother. Climate change I learnt how global warming destroys the ozone layer which protects us from the uv rays. So I have learned that we should limit the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.”

The children also learnt leadership skills, small group management, co-operative governance and woven throughout all of this they had fun. We were supported by our Rovers (18-26yr olds) who assisted in running the seminars, games and general management. What was also exciting was that for the first time ever our adult staff stepped up and ran the camps without relying on myself or other senior staff, making the whole organization much more sustainable and less dependent.

None of this would have been possible without your support. We are very excited about 2015 and the continued improvement we are bringing to the lives of the children we work with. Thank you for partnering with us. Thank you for supporting the work we are doing. If we raise $3,0000 through 30 unique donors we will be eligable for a bonus prize of $2,000. Please consider helping us reach this target and making your money 30% more valuable to us.

Camp Stove
Camp Stove
Working through the activity book
Working through the activity book
Paper ball fuel as an alternative fuel source
Paper ball fuel as an alternative fuel source

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