We are very honored that Marius Fransman, South African Deputy Minister for International Relations and Co-operation, has made a short video for us! In it, he speaks about Nelson Mandela, endorses Love to Langa and encourages viewing of the new film "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," based on Mandela's autobiography. We are excited to be hosting our first fundraiser in Philadelphia, which is an advanced screening of the film, before it opens to the public on December 25.
Here is a link to Mr. Fransman's video: VIDEO
For information about the film screening, please visit our Facebook event page: Advanced Screening for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
We wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season!
Thanks to you, our generous and wonderful GlobalGiving donors, we are able to send several children to school who would not otherwise have the opportunity. We wanted to give you an update and let you know how a couple of them, Charylene and Tyran, are doing.
Charylene is a happy, well adjusted little girl who is thriving in her class. She is reaching her developmental milestones and socializes well with her peers. She will be three years old on January 31.
She has two best friends (Chloe and Tamaryn) with whom she does everything. Her brother is also a pupil at the school. They both arrive clean and with snacks daily. Her parents are actively involved with their child’s progress and the school.
Unfortunately, the news is not as good about Tyran. He just turned three on September 27 and you can see that he is very small for his age. He is a sweet boy who prefers to play on his own rather than with his peers. He prefers non structured activities due to his inability to concentrate. He gets distracted easily and is not able to revert back to his activities. He is not an affectionate child and would prefer to suffer in silence than voice anything.
Tyran is not adventurous with outside equipment, which is one of the reasons his gross motor skills are lacking. For his age, he has not reached any developmental milestones. He comes to school ravenous as meals are rare at home and this poor nutrition has impacted his physical structure.
His parents have been officially invited to a meeting from the Principal, but up until now have not responded. The Principal will be making a home visit in order to discuss Tyran’s well being and will continue to monitor his development in the classroom.
It is so critical that children like Tyran and Charylene have the chance to be in a nurturing school environment where they can be fed, loved and exposed to stimulating experiences. We are so grateful that your support allows us to provide this opportunity.
Many thanks to Christopher Hogg and his 16 year-old son Nathaniel, who brought Nathaniel's friends Will Sheeline, Will Gavin and Pete Hopkinson with them from New York for an incredible volunteer project at Philippi Childrens' Centre.
If I told you a little boy named Tyron is growing up on a farm, what kinds of images come to mind? Rolling fields, gentle animals and a snug, tidy farmhouse? Surely Tyron's reality is very far from the bucolic vision you might expect.
Tyron is one of the children that Love to Langa is sponsoring to attend the Philippi Children's Centre, thanks to the generosity of donors like you. His tuition is $30 a month and since he is not within walking distance, he requires transportation to school, which is $10 a month. His mother works on the farm where they live, but she cannot afford tuition for Tyron, who will be three years old in September. You can see that he is very small for his age, more the size of a one year old, and as PCC Principal Helen Diedericks says, "I would rather have him be fed and in a safe environment. The food he will receive at the Centre as well as general care and education will make a radical difference to his chances in life."
I had the opportunity to visit Tyron and his family when we were in South Africa in April to help build our new classroom. He was very shy but sweet. We are grateful to be able to provide this potentially life-saving opportunity for him and hope to continue for years to come.
We have lots of exciting new developments to share over the coming months. Thanks again for your support and please take note of the Bonus Day on Wednesday, June 12, where 50% of donations to Love to Langa up to $1,000 will be matched on GlobalGiving!
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