You are making a difference. Our young friend Justice Sambo is just one example.
Justice is a shining example of emerging grass-roots leadership. He is proud to lead a generation of youth to become guardians of their cultural heritage. Justice is just one of thousands of vulnerable children who joined our StarLion Eco-Cubs program at the founding stages more than nine years back. As a child of only seven, he mustered up enough courage to step into the part of Nelson Mandela in a White Lion cultural performance, without any training, when the lead actor was unavailable during a rehearsal. Shortly after, he was given the opportunity to play Nelson Mandela in front of Nelson Mandela himself! Since then, Justice has never looked back, and now, in his final school year, he has been awarded a scholarship to attend a youth leadership program in the USA.
Your donation makes it possible not just to impact youth like Justice at all levels within Tsonga and Sepedi communities, but create countless other opportunity in the region. Harmony, Eco-Cultural Officer, Tokozo Mnisi, StarLion Ambassador Team Leader, and Hilda, Marriam, Cynthia, Nelson and Dabrother, StarLion Ambassadors, have all been placed in positions where their work is making a lasting impact in their communities. Harmony and Tokozo have received training they would not have the opportunity to participate in without this program. Program staff are able to visit each of the five centers three times a week and an exciting new program called TreePreneurs was just rolled out this year. Trees are being planted, recycling efforts are gaining widespread momentum and seeds are being collected and planted by Ambassadors.
We cannot thank you enough for supporting this life impacting project! Please continue to do so and share the good news with your family and friends so we can make a greater impact in these beautiful communities.
Sending you all lion roars from the breathtaking White Lion homelands of South Africa,
The StarLion EcoCubs Team
2014 has kick-started with great enthusiasm and uplifting new projects with our schools.!
In this remote poverty stricken area, most of the learner’s first languages are either Tsonga or Sepedi, and most of them speak very little to no English. Through our English empowerment education, we nourish the learners’ creative writing skills based on the conservation knowledge they’ve obtained. Through teaching them the valuable skills of art and performance art (acting, posture, articulation, projection of voice etc) in a playfull and explorative environment whilst compiling a performance piece, they discover unknown talents and new abilities which boost their self-confidence tremendously. This they showcase with enthusiasm in front of international visitors to the Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT). These theatrical pieces showcase not only their artistic talents, but portray their interpretation of the environmental knowledge they have obtained through the project. It is a powerful cross-cultural experience; not only broadening the horizons of the learners, but the horizons of well travelled international visitors.
As the learners’ environmental conservation knowledge broadens and grows, so does each learner’s self-esteem and hope for his or her future.
Chi Nguyen, GlobalGiving!’s In-Field Representative recently visited 3 of our schools; a Primary School, a crèche and an orphanage, and was blown away by the “LionPower” (as she termed it) of the children (see her project report).
Your donations are making it possible for us to further develop this powerful project of re-connecting our children, our future leaders, with nature. Through this process they re-connecting with their own LionHearts, recognizing that it does not matter how desolate their circumstances may seem, but that each has the potential to rise above and Roar their Truth and Pride into the world and create their own future.
Thank you for your continued support!
The LionStar Eco Cubs Team
This postcard is written by Chi Nguyen, our In-the-Field Representative for Southern Africa. Chi will be traveling to the nine countries of Southern Africa, visiting and assisting our current partner organizations.
On Wednesday, April 16th, I had the privilege of visiting Global White Lion Protection Trust's several project site locations, a few being a primary school, a creche, and an orphanage. At the first school, we were able to witness a beautiful display of song, dance, and play from the children, demonstrating all that they have learned about the importance of conservation. They showed that we must respect the lives and habitats of the white lion and all of its friends in the kingdom, and they left nothing but smiles on every audience member's face when the play concluded. It was quite the production - the children were well-versed in their parts and in their knowledge of conservation. It was pure pleasure to see the children so engaged and excited to show all that they have learned.
After we visited the primary school, we were able to see a creche where the children were just waking up from their naps and were eager to play with all the volunteers. After touring the creche, we left the sleepy environment for the orphanage, where our vehicle was bombarded with smiling children. We hadn't walked two steps out of the car before they all surrounded us, asking our names, where we're all from, and other such various questions. They showed us to their main hall, where we all engaged in a bit of dancing before breaking for some biscuits and fruits.
By the smiles on their faces, you wouldn't have ever suspected that any one of them were orphans. They were so blissfully happy with the visitors, the dancing, and the cookies. They looked like any other group of children you might run into in any other part of the country. It was enough to bring tears to more than one member of the visiting group.
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