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."
Mar 20, 2013

Amazing returns for such small investments March 2012

Kheto Mongwe - Field Officer and Rover Chairman
Kheto Mongwe - Field Officer and Rover Chairman

Hi All,

We are in full swing at Keep The Dream196, the year is going so fast that we are really peddling fast. Speaking of "peddling" Mark McNamara from Bike Africa completed his ride from Kampala in Uganda to Cape Town South Africa and through his hard work raised in excess of $12,500 towards our Global Giving target to become SUPERSTARS by April 2012. We have $2,500 outstanding to go and what a ride it was literally and figuratively.

At a time when money is getting tighter people from America, Taiwan, Australia and South Africa have dug in their pockets to help us acheive our goals. I cannot tell you how it has inspired and encouraged us to keep going as a team that people out there care and are willing to show that care by putting their money into our hands for the future of our children. It is very humbling as I know people are doing it tough out there so thank you. From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU!

Well, the great news from Keep The Dream196 is that 10yrs ago we started with 13 girls in a small village called Shiluvane and now we are 2,500 children in 91 different sites around Greater Tzaneen and Venda (we have expanded into another district). However, that is not the only exciting news. Nkululeko Mabuza, one of those 13 girls was employed by Keep The Dream196 in January this year as a fully fledged Social Worker. She has returned to assist us to continue to build the future and she is determined to give back not just to us but also her community and the children we serve.

It is wonderful to see her heart as she speaks to parents about parenting their children and using positive disciplining measures to encourage positive behavior. She also works with all the 27 Cub groups which are the children aged between 5-11yrs as that is were her heart lies. In 2 short months we have seen such improvement with the Parent Committees and the cub groups its wonderful.

Our logo is "Building Tomorrow Today" and that is what Nkulu is doing with all her heart. It has been made possible by your continued partnership with us and ongoing giving. Its wonderful to see the 2nd generation working with and inspiring the 3rd generation to do their best and become all they can become. Each year we are becoming more sustainable through the work of the volunteers and now Rovers.

Rovers are the third branch of scouting. They are aged between 19-16yrs and we have 3 new groups because the kids just want to continue developing themselves and others to the point last year we were able to employ 3 Rovers short term (all were in between school because of lack of finances) and now have been able to return to school in 2013 because of working with us last year.

In 2013 we have brought Kheto Mongwe on to Keep The Dream196 again a Rover but this time he is with us for 12months and then will return to complete his Bachelors of Computer Science in 2014. It is wonderful to have the youth come behind us with their energy and enthusiasm and courage to take us further and higher than either myself of Elizabeth (Co-founder) thought possible.

I hope you enjoyed this report and are excited about the work we are doing, the achievements we have reached and the possibilities for the future. Please spread the news and WATCH THIS SPACE!!

God bless

Louise

Kheto
Kheto's Crew
Nkulu Mabuza and her sister Khanyisa Mabuza
Nkulu Mabuza and her sister Khanyisa Mabuza
Nkulu
Nkulu's Crew

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Feb 5, 2013

GlobalGiving Report February 2013

Inspection of the gardens
Inspection of the gardens

Global Giving Report February 2013

I can’t believe another 3 months has passed since I last wrote. What an amazing and challenging time we have had. With the Global Financial Crisis gripping not only individuals and multi conglomerates but nations it has been very satisfying to see that our donations have stayed stable in these times. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your commitment and I trust that you will continue to support the work that we are doing and the lives we are changing by partnering with us in Building Tomorrow Today.

We have restarted the Food For Life project in November 2012 to assist with poverty alleviation, food security and income generating projects with another 350 children over the course of this coming year. Since November we have been struggling with flooding rain which has washed away many homes and unfortunately some lives. The 25% of the project will have to start again in February due to the rains washing the seeds away or the seeds rotting in the ground but the children are of such good cheer that they are not put off by the extra work required.

Mark McNamara and Katie Dee the cycling Koala arrived in Cape Town on the 25th of November after an epic 11months and 8,000kms in the saddle. What an achievement and a testimony to good will from people you don’t know. This journey has been followed by all the adults and children of Keep The Dream196 who have been praying for his safety and also by Marks students back at Mercedes College in Adelaide. Mark & Katie Dee have now safely arrived back in Australia and Katie Dee is going to represent KTD196 at the Adelaide Fringe Festival a world renowned Arts Festival.

We have recently formed a partnership with World Vision, an international donor organization. KTD196 will be providing training services and our Lifeskills Program to help develop World Visions holistic response to children’s needs.

“Being a scout has had a huge impact on my life because it changed the way I think, the way I look at people and the way I look at myself. Being a Scout is not about what you do when you are with other Scouts but it becomes part of your lifestyle. Joining Scouts is a decision that one makes because you want to change for the good. Scouts change us in different ways: firstly, you gain confidence. Secondly, you learn how to interact with different people and thirdly you can discover your abilities. Join Scouts and your life will change forever.“ - Khanyisa Mabuza 1st Shiluvane Scouts

“Scouting is a life changer-at first when scouting was introduced to me, it was a very new and different thing. Times went by and I started to realize that it was a very important part of my life. Scouting not only gave me the space to expand and realize my abilities but it also moulded my abilities and trained me on how to use them. With the help of all our Akela's (including Zabe and Louise) scouting also open up my eyes to seeing the potential that I possess and how to go about unlocking it. The most important part about scouting is that it never concentrates on raising followers but on raising leaders that go out and be good leaders wherever they go, so joining scouts means joining a family of good leaders. The skills that are acquired through scouting always become handy in daily living so being a scout definitely brings change in one's life and how you can face everyday challenges. Scouting is definitely a life changer :-).” - Nhlanhla Khosa 1st Mavele Scout Troop.

Thank you again to all our supporters and partners for your ongoing commitment and help, I trust this newsletter has been informative and interesting and if you want to know anything more please don’t hesitate to email me on keepthedream196@gmail.com

Blessings, Louise Batty

Rosemary Nkhwashu inspects the garden
Rosemary Nkhwashu inspects the garden
Rosemary Nkhwashu is a mentor and Field Officer
Rosemary Nkhwashu is a mentor and Field Officer
Khanyisa Mabuza 1st Shiluvane Scouts
Khanyisa Mabuza 1st Shiluvane Scouts
Nhlanhla Khosa 1st Mavele Scout Troop
Nhlanhla Khosa 1st Mavele Scout Troop

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Nov 3, 2012

Building Tomorrow Today November 2012 Report

Hlulani Homu
Hlulani Homu

I can’t believe another 3months has passed since I last wrote. What an amazing and challenging time we have had. With the Global Financial Crisis gripping not only individuals and multi conglomerates but nations it has been very satisfying to see that our donations have stayed stable in these times. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your commitment and I trust that you will continue to support the work that we are doing and the lives we are changing by partnering with us in Building Tomorrow Today.

In this 3months we have finalised the Food For Life Project with over 1,400 children being taught to make food gardens including activities such as: grey water harvesting, crop rotation, composting and also selling their produce. This creates sustainable livelihoods and a source of small income.

We are restarting this project in November 2012 to assist with poverty alleviation, food security and income generating projects with another 350 children over the course of this coming year.

Mark McNamara and Katie Dee the cycling Koala are in Port Elizabeth and should arrive in Cape Town around the 25th of November after an epic 11months in the saddle. What an achievement and a testimony to good will from people you don’t know. Mark found Keep The Dream196 on the internet when he was looking for a charity to support through his journey. He happened to come across KTD196 and loved the photos of healthy happy confident children. He didn’t know I came from Australia and it was by happenstance we both came from Adelaide. This journey has been followed by all the adults and children of Keep The Dream196 who have been praying for his safety and also by Marks students back at Mercedes College in Adelaide.

During this time we have been joined by Hannah and Max, two German volunteers who have come to support Keep The Dream196. In the mornings they help with administrative tasks and around 1200 they head out to the villages to work with the adults and children, running games, activities, trainings and whatever else they are called upon to assist us with. They have been our first international long term volunteers and after only 10 weeks we are seeing the positive impact of these young people in the communities and with the people they are having contact with.

We have recently formed a partnership with the Department of Sports Arts and Culture, and I (Louise) have been asked on to a steering committee and interim board of new Non Governmental Organization to assist with moral regeneration of Limpopo, what that means we are unsure but 2013 will prove to be a very interesting year. We are also negotiating with World Vision to introduce Scouts to their Vembe District. We have already 5 groups in Vembe so this could potentially explode our work and double our reach to the community.

I'm Hlulani Homu, I live at Petanenge village but I attend Scouts at 1st Mohlaba. I was born 6/11/94 and started Scouts in 2009. The reason why I joined Scouts was because of the games that were being played.

After two months I went to camp at Westfalia and I realized that Scouts was not all about games but to teach young people how to live and behave with other people and I was quite surprised because I came across many things I had not been taught in school. Those things made me a boy who respects others; I am also helpful, kind, loyal and useful to other people.

Now I call myself a Scout because I live according to the Scout Laws and Promise. I have learnt not to lie and when I think of lying I feel totally guilty. I've developed morals and I enjoying living with different people that I met at camp as they are from different cultures.

I’m proud of myself because I'm honest to everybody even if people don't believe by looking at me. Scouts have been nothing but helpful to me and in my mind I am now clean in thought, word and deed. Scouts have kept me away from harmful things like drugs, alcohol etc. I'm engaged to the BP Spirit and NO ONE will remove me from it.

To those who say Scouts is stupid. Can you imagine a person who sacrificed his life for us. The man left his family, friends and profession as a teacher; he took leave from his job to help fundraise for Keep The Dream196 and Scouts.

The man lives in Australia but he started his journey in Uganda until he cycled to South Africa. His name is Mark and he doesn't cycle alone he cycles with a Koala called Katie Dee which looks like a monkey without a tail. Katie is very cute but she is also shy to talk, she only talks to Mark.

May God Bless Keep The Dream196 to have ever lasting life as well as Mark and his Koala/Monkey. All of you who read this article I wish you to spread the BP spirit so that all may have a better life. Hlulani

I trust you can see the impact we are having with the children we are serving. Thank you for partnering with us and making a difference. As Christmas is around the corner I have opened a registry for people who particularly want to give donations as presents to family or friends or to assist orphan and vulnerable children this December and January. The link is: http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/registry/gg.html?cmd=previewreg&regid=7277

A Cub with her garden for Food For Life
A Cub with her garden for Food For Life
Scouts with their garden
Scouts with their garden
Rovers from 1st Morula Crew helping Scouts learn
Rovers from 1st Morula Crew helping Scouts learn

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