Maranatha Care Children

Maranatha Care Children is a non-profit charity, established in 2009 and registered with the Charity Commission in the UK (Charity No: 1139344), aiming to help South African children by offering development in education and life skills, providing suitable home environments and safeguarding the futures of those in care. The objects of the organisation (as set out in our governing constitution) are as follows: 1. To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing children and young people in care in South Africa from becoming socially excluded. 2. To relieve the needs of such children and young people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society. ...
Jan 3, 2013

Back to School!

Support our youngest children through pre-primary
Support our youngest children through pre-primary

We are thrilled that Global Giving UK have selected us as part of their 'Back to School' appeal (http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/back-to-school/) and what a fanatstic time to reignite our fundraising efforts for 2013!

Over here in South Africa the school year runs from January to December - so as we are now in the first week of 2013, it truly is "Back to School" for our children - whether it's having their first year at pre-primary, attending primary school for the first time, others making the transition to high school and even our oldest children embarking on the last years of their studies.

What do they all have in common? They all need your support!

We are now desperately campaigning for school fee's, transport costs and uniforms to get in place before the start of term! We have 4 new children in need of psychologist assessments, and 15 children needing occupational therapy with a further 15 needing remedial support to help them maximise their scholastic potential...!

Making a donation could not be easier - you can simply visit our project pages - http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/maranathaeducation/ (or http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/maranathaeducation/ in the US) and donate any amount from just £5 (we are a small charity and EVERYTHING we recieve makes a DIRECT impact!)

And we are also very pleased to launch our micro-project (on globalgiving.org) for our secondary project, Protea Primary, who have done so much to assist our children over the years, giving them a chance of an education when no one else would. Find out more about our initative to help them with school supplies here: http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/primaryschoolsupplies/

If you can spare a donation at the start of 2013 it will truly help kick start our year, but we'd love for you all to forward this email to your contacts, post on facebook, twitter and everywhere else to get the word out there!

Let's get this BACK TO SCHOOL campaign ROLLING!!!!!!

Such smiles only made possible through your belief
Such smiles only made possible through your belief

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Dec 20, 2012

GlobalGiving Visits Maranatha!

Playing in the Playground
Playing in the Playground

Earlier this summer, I visited Maranatha Children Care's beautiful foster home facility in Port Elizabeth.

As most of the children were at school when I visited, we enjoyed a leisurely tour of the facilitites, which included a very large playground for children to play in, beautiful gardens (with a plot the children use to learn how to grow vegetables), and even a mini farm in the back!

I met their resident pigs, chickens, turkey, monkeys who've decided to make Maranatha their home (and occasionally steal fruit and deworming medicine -- hilarious), and a very sweet dog. The children of Maranatha are very fortunate indeed.

The children and youth here come from really disadvangtage backgrounds, often still dealing with past trauma, but you would never know from speaking to Harrison, or the rest of the staff for that matter; hope and positivity sing through the halls, through the gardens, and the vast open space of the children's playgrounds. Everyone was friendly and contributed to the very warm, welcoming atmosphere of the home.

In addition to seeing the foster home, I also learned about Maranatha's partnership with Protea primary school, which provides education to orphan children who have been referred to them through social services (and are often dealing with trauma). Harrison himself volunteers as a teacher here on some days; the synergy between Maranatha and Protea really benefits the children, as it offers a safe space for them to learn while in foster care.

What I'll most remember and cherish about this visit was meeting Harrison, Maranatha's project leader. Watching him interact with the young people in his care, seeing first-hand the personal commitment he has to improving their livelihoods was so endearing and inspiring.

There are so many amazing non-profits and social impact projects in the world, but the ones that really make a difference are the ones with the biggest hearts behind them; Harrison is one of those hearts.

A Beautiful Home for Maranatha
A Beautiful Home for Maranatha's Children
Nov 14, 2012

Access to education they need...and deserve!

SO PROUD of our boys at their school prize giving!
SO PROUD of our boys at their school prize giving!

In my last report, I emphasized the goal of our charity, Maranatha Care Children, in empowering children and young people to fulfill their potential…

How thrilling it is for us to now report such POSITIVE news on the education progress of our children –

One of our Grade 9 boys achieved a top diploma for passing three of his subjects with over 70%...this was whilst contending with the loss of his father having recently been orphaned by the tragic effects of long-term illness…

He was also chosen to represent the locality at the district Children’s Parliament event!

Imagine what he could achieve if he receives the support YOU can help provide him as he moves forward to his sixth form “Matric” years (Grade 11/12) and on towards University….

Furthermore, our oldest boy (currently in Grade 10) has pushed himself to achieve one of the top English Language marks (over 90%!) and was elected to the Eastern Cape NACCW (National Association of Child Care Workers) Youth Executive…one INCREDIBLE achievement!

It remains true that South African youth cannot find jobs because the education they do receive does not provide them with adequate skills to get jobs…but if we know the problem, NOW is the time to do something about it.

As you know, we continue to look for specialist school fees for the children who need this support…I was THRILLED this month to attend an awards ceremony where three of our boys at one such school received prizes on stage and gleamed with pride! Such a way to mark their transition on to High School in 2013!

We are now desperately seeking to raise funds to send a number of additional children this school (located closest to our centre!) with a vision “...to develop pupil skills and talents to maximum potential in order to reach the highest achievements”… IF we get the financial support we need we can make this a reality but now is the time for positive action!

As I have emphasized before the centre provides a lifeline to over 30 children…the love and support is unquestionable; including dedicated homework assistance for each child and a comprehensive educational, therapeutic and recreational program that truly allow all the children to flourish.

One of the remedial schools which assists with primary schooling (Grade 1 to 3) for four of our children, recently revealed how one of the young boys is now meeting his academic targets, having read over 50 books over the year and surpassing all expectations in the national exams…a boy who at the age of 6 years old came to the centre having been on the streets with no one to take care of him. How different his life could have been…

With all the challenges we continue to face in South Africa, we have to admit that a privileged background provides one with a huge advantage in life, as does family who are involved in their children’s education. Yet, we remain determined that the children we support will get the opportunities they deserve to overcome adversity, and guarantee you that all donations to our project are complimented with a genuine desire to meet the unique needs of each and every child we support!.  

The vision of the Department of Basic Education in South Africa is one of all South Africans having "...access to lifelong learning, education and training opportunities, which will, in turn, contribute towards improving the quality of life and building a peaceful, prosperous and democratic South Africa."

Let’s help our children have the access to education they need…and deserve!

Please do your bit to spread the word; email, facebook, twitter and just word of mouth…we BELIEVE in this cause and hope you do too!  

Kindest Regards,

Harrison Nash (Charity Director – Maranatha Care Children)

Email: Harrison@maranathacarechildren.com

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