Phase one of the Philippi Children's Centre is officially complete!
The successful completion of this phase highlights the power inherent in effective collaboration between multiple stakeholders and the commitment of these stakeholders for the children of Philippi. To date, more than $300,000 in donations and donations in-kind have been invested in the buildings and renovation and we are thrilled to have done our part.
The components of Phase one were:
Your donations helped to fund the construction of a classroom and scholarships for the students.
Project Manager Kissmea Adams said, "our hope is that the Philippi Children’s Centre will develop into an example of existing best practices in Early Childhood Development and serve as a resource for other schools in the area. We are so grateful to our donors for their support. With the completion of the building facilities, the PCC managment committee is currently improving staff training and managing the school more effectively. A qualified Montessori directress has been employed as Principal and the school is operating on an outstanding level."
Phase two would include the constrution of a community hall. Love to Langa's Board of Directors will decide at their next meeting whether to continue fundraising for PCC or to move to another project.
Our other current projects include Teacher Training workshops, field trips and enrichment activities.
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.
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