Lifeskills for 2,743 children in South Africa

 
$46,961
$3,039
Raised
Remaining
Scouts enjoy the fruit of their labour
Scouts enjoy the fruit of their labour

Dear Friends and Partners of Keep The Dream196,

Well its September and its been a whirl wind year for us and our kids but first I want to sharel the impact that we have had over the last 10yrs. YES! We have been going unofficially for 10yrs. We started in November 2003 with 13 girls in our first group. By May 2004 we had 60 children. We trained 50 new leaders in May 2004 and dramatically climbed to over 1,000 children. My collegue and co-founder Elizabeth Mabuza and I were totally ill prepared for the explosion of kids and needs that we both decided in August 2007 to quit our formal jobs as nurse and teacher to start Keep The Dream196 at the beginning of the Global Financial Crisis.

The Global Financial Crisis is not only gripping individuals and multi conglomerates but nations, it was a gamble which has proved well worth it. 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.

As for impact:

1) Limpopo Province has a teenage pregnancy rate of 13% we have reduced that rate to 0.07% for 10yrs. We should be seeing approximately 170 pregnancies a year. We have had less than one pregnancy per year over the 10yrs.

2) Limpopo also has a HIV rate of 21.5% with the worst affected being females aged between 15-25yrs. With this pregnancy rate the youth are either abstaining (which they assure us they are) or are protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies and HIV in the process

3) Limpopo Province is one of the worst for matriculation rates ie 47%- 55%.In 2008, 100% of matriculants in our program passed their matric. In 2009, 100% passed. In 2010, 100% passed. In 2011 89% passed and those who didnt returned to school to try again. In 2012, 54% passed but all have continued on to technical colleges, tertiary education or returned to improve their marks in secondary school. The decline in our pass rate is accredited to the general decline in the South African Education system and the very poor primary school preparation experienced by the children and change to Outcome Based Education system implemented yearsa go.

4) 70% of rural university students drop out in their first year. 10% only graduate their 4yr degree. Our first group of graduates graduated in 2012, all are employed in the private or goverment sector. Limpopo has a youth unemployment rate of 48.8%.

5) 10% of all natural deaths for children aged between 0-18yrs is suicide related. We have had no suicides in 10yrs

6) Non of our children, once they have joined the program, have been involved with crime of the police

7) Non of our children, once they have joned the program, use alchohol or drugs

8) We are currently working with 2,496 Children aged between 5-18yrs

9) We have now trained over 30 young adults who grew up in the process who have now decided to return as young adult leaders to be a role model and mentor other children.

10) We work into 91 different sites around Greater Tzaneen Municipality

11) Every child under the age of 18yrs has a birth certificate or Identity Document. This allows them to access free goverment services ie schooling, health services and also enables them to gain employment for the future.

We work with the parents of the children to create positive relationships within the families to promote cohesion:

“Before my child joined KTD196 he was always out late at night and being a bully. I always thought he was going to turn out like most youngsters who have given up on their dreams and are wasting their lives away. Since joining KTD196 he no longer drinks and his behaviour has also changed. I ‘ve also learned to communicate with my child and not yell at him,” explains one parent, Maite Mametja. (except taken from http://www.ngopulse.org/article/limpopo-based-npo-develops-winning-formula-youth-empowerment

Through your support we are literally changing children's lives, families and whole communities. We use the Scout Program particularly the Food For Life project as an entry point to do so much more. We are a staff of 3 full time and 6 part time people. Your support enables us to do so much. THANK YOU is so minimalistic in what want I want to convey but it is the only word I have. Louise

Voice of the Child:

I have made a lot of bad choices and decisions after leaving Scouts at aged 17. I did things that I wouldn't have done if I was still a scout. I decided to stop going to scouts early last year and since then life became hard for me in some ways. Scouts helped me get where I am today, if it weren't for 1st Shiluvane Scouts I wouldn't be in varsity. Scouts disciplined me, gave me focus and enabled me to have dreams. I then decided to enroll myself with the university that best offers law (LLB) University of Limpopo.

After quitting Scouts I lost focus, my mind was all over the place, I neglected my studies and I would stay in my room whenever I didn't feel like going to class. I didn't know why I was studying, I lost interest and just wanted to have fun. At least I managed to pass 8 out of 10 courses, it was not bad at all but I know I can do a lot better than that. I just needed to focus and I know that at Scouts that’s where I’m going to get motivated, that’s why I decided to go back.

Scouts is the best campus one can ever have. My mother is never around, her life is in Johannesburg, I have been growing up alone, I had no one to guide me but Scouts gave me all the guidance I needed. Scouts helped me make wiser decisions about my life. I even started drinking which was the most stupid move I have ever made, I would drink to get intoxicated because that was my way of having fun.

Intoxication lowers thinking and reasoning capacity, so I did crazy and stupid things due to intoxication and some of those things nearly cost me my life. I reached a point where I felt that life was just not worth living. I then decided to commit suicide by taking an overdose of pills. Fortunately I was hospitalized in time and decided to keep this a secret from my family.

Life was just hell for me last year but I brought this on myself. After all this I sat down and did some introspection. I realized that I got lost the moment I left Scouts and stopped living like a Scout. I finally decided to go back to Scouts and joined 1st Shiluvane Rover Crew. I’m doing much better than last year and this year, with the determination that I have, I'm going to bring out the best in me and I know that with the Scouts and Rovers in my life I will achieve anything I want to achieve. Scouts is definitely the way to go! Once a Scout always a Scout.

Nosiswe -  A returned Rover

 

Parents graduating from Communication Training
Parents graduating from Communication Training

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1st Burgersdorp, Gavazza and Sasekani
1st Burgersdorp, Gavazza and Sasekani

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 2013. We have $1,709 outstanding to go and what a ride it was literally and figuratively. If you are interested in donating go to www.keepthedream196.com

At a time when money is getting tighter people from America, Taiwan, Australia, Canada and South Africa have dug in their pockets to help us achieve 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.

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.

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. Louis Mawila has joined us as a Rover to assist all the different Scout Troops in Greater Tzaneen. Well done guys.

Rovers are the third branch of scouting. They are aged between 19-26yrs and we have 3 new crews because the kids just want to continue developing themselves and others to the point last year we were able to support 3 Rovers short term and now have been able to return to school in 2013 because of working with us last year.

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

1st Nyanyukani Scout Troop

 

In November 2012 we were visited by 1st Sasekani, 1st Gavazza and 1st Burgersdorp. We are sisters, we are brothers, we are friends and we work together as a team. On that day we were having a lot of fun, we were playing games, learning and doing different activities. We have learnt a lot of things eg we learnt about how teenage pregnancy affects our community. We made a decision about how to solve this problem We have decided to keep our teenagers busy by fixing roads because the roads have a lot of potholes and even cleaning our schools.

So this year 1st Gavazza, 1st Burgersdorp and 3rd Burgersdorp have started to fix those roads together with our school principal. In July he is going to help us with material likes stones and bricks and other stuff so we can do a good job.

 Nkhensani Mboweni

 

I am Nkhensani Mboweni, I live in Burgersdorp. I am going to turn 20yrs on 5th November 2013. I am currently studying information technology in Phalobowra.

The reason I joined  was my mother pushed me because she knew something about this organization and she knew I would need Scouts in the future. Now my life has changed because of Scouts. I have realized Scouts is fantastic. I know how to respect people, how to plant and grow vegetables and how to help people when they are sick.

 The most important thing I have learned is to take care of my family. My Father had disappeared a long time ago. I remember when my mother died, I was supposed to take care of my younger sister. I did that because I was knowing how to take of some one and I thank Louise, Akela Zabe and Akela Catherine for supporting me and for teaching me lots of things concerning my life. I like to encourage young children to join Scouts because scouts helps people at all times for example teaching you things you wont learn at school but it is part of your life.

 

 

 

Nkhensani Mboweni

Assistant Troop Scouter 1st Burgersdorp Troop & Rover with Marula Rover Crew. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nkhensani Mboweni
Nkhensani Mboweni
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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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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Journey of Life with parents
Journey of Life with parents

Dear Friends, welcome to our news update. Firstly let me say thank you for donations and ongoing support. It makes a huge difference. I just want to share some of the wonderful outcomes of the program and your investment in the work we are doing.

Impact

Our program of interventions continue to grow and have wonderful impact for example:

  • 192 parents attended training on Journey Of Life and Parent Committee Training. We work with the parents of the children to create positive relationships within the families to promote cohesion: “Before my child joined KTD196 he was always out late at night and being a bully. I always thought he was going to turn out like most youngsters who have given up on their dreams and are wasting their lives away. Since joining KTD196 he no longer drinks and his behavior has also changed. I‘ve also learned to communicate with my child and not yell at him,” explains one parent, Maite Mametja.
  • “I have realized that as parents we also have our own problems and we don’t know what to do to help ourselves and end up taking out all our frustrations through our children. I am not a perfect mother and have been treating my children very badly. The training is very good and has been an eye opener for me. I will try and stop shouting and swearing at my children and treat them with respect. I would be very harsh with my children; I never realized the importance of listening. I am going to ask for forgiveness from my children and God. Thank you so much for coming and sharing this information it is truly is a blessing” Nelly Nkambako

Post training Focus Group discussions were held with 19 parents.
“Before Scouts my child used to be very secretive and isolated herself, she didn’t want to do anything which she was asked to do and she had no sympathy for others. Since going to Scouts she now listens to me and is free to tell me anything. We have a good friendship and she now is sympathetic towards others. Since the Journey Of Life training I have learnt to listen to my child and have learnt the importance of showing children love.”

Many parents have not finished primary school and often do not have the skills to discipline their children or even communicate with their children effectively. We have not only been changing the children but also through the parents we are changing families for the better. The parents are so proud to receive a certificate of attendance it is usually their first and only source of encouragement and a treasured possession.

Other impacts include:

1) Limpopo Province is one of the worst for matriculation rates

  • In 2008, 100% of matriculants in our program passed their matric.
  • In 2009, 100% passed.
  • In 2010, 100% passed.
  • In 2011, 89% passed and those who didn’t, returned to school to try again.
  • In 2012, 54% passed but all have continued on to technical colleges, tertiary education or returned to improve their marks in secondary school.
  • In 2013, 77% passed

The decline in our pass rate is accredited to the general decline in the South African Education system and the very poor primary school preparation experienced by the children and change to Outcome Based Education system implemented years ago.


2) 70% of rural university students drop out in their first year. 10% only graduate their 4yr degree. Our first group of graduates graduated in 2012, all are employed in the private or government sector. Limpopo has a youth unemployment rate of 48.8%.


3) Limpopo Province has a teenage pregnancy rate of 13% we have reduced that rate to 0.072% for 11yrs. We should be seeing approximately 170 pregnancies a year.


4) Limpopo also has a HIV rate of 21.5% with the worst affected being females aged between 15-25yrs. With this pregnancy rate the youth are either abstaining (which they assure us they are) or are protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies and HIV in the process


5) 10% of all natural deaths for children aged between 0-18yrs is suicide related. We have had no suicides in 11yrs


6) Non of our children, once they have joined the program and remain the program have been involved with crime or the police


7) Non of our children, once they have joined the program and remain active in the program use alcohol or drugs


8) We are currently working with 2,000 Children aged between 5-18yrs


9) We have now trained over 30 young adults who grew up in the process who have now decided to return as young adult leaders to be a role model and mentor other children.

10) We work into 86 different sites around Greater Tzaneen Municipality


11) Every child under the age of 18yrs has a birth certificate or Identity Document. This allows them to access free government services ie schooling, health services and also enables them to gain employment for the future.

Voice of the Child

My name is Rivoningo Mboweni, I am a grade 8 learner and I am 14yrs old. Scouts has changed me! Being a scout has had a huge impact because joining scouts has changed me from a bad girl to a good girl. Even keeping me busy as always and it has changed the way I have behaved. The way I look and the way I look at myself. The way I think because since I joined scouts ideas flow in my brain. Being a scout is not about what you do with others scouts but it becomes apart of your life style. Being a scout is a decision that one makes because you want to change in different ways: firstly you gain confidence, secondly you learn how to interact in different ways and with different people and lastly you discover your abilities. JOIN Scouts and you will change FOREVER!

Conclusions

As you can see our reach is vast, our impact solid over the years we have been operating and it is due to the investment of people like your self who have donated and partnered with us over the years. Thank you. All of this is made possible through your contribution to our work.

We are wanting to start a new project and fundraise $200,000 to purchase a farm that can double as an office, self sustaining farm and camping ground so we can take the children away at our convenience (currently we are limited to the one camp ground in the area and we can only really access that ground in winter). The camps are integral, we teach the children leadership skills, democracy, conflict management, negotiation as well as the adventure of going camping which none have had the privilege to do prior to being involved with KTD196. We also want to be less dependant on donors and more self sustaining through the farm. Please consider making a contribution. It IS a huge amount but if we dont have a goal we dont have anything to aim for.

Thank you for your support and ongoing committment to our project.

Warm regards

Louise Batty

Rivoningo Mboweni
Rivoningo Mboweni

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Organization

Keep The Dream196

Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo, South Africa
http://www.keepthedream196.com

Project Leader

Louise Batty

Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo South Africa

Where is this project located?

Map of Lifeskills for 2,743 children in South Africa