Love to Langa believes early education is the key to success in life and we currently sponsor scholarships at two early childhood education centres in South Africa. Here is an update on the children our donors are helping at Philippi Children’s Centre.
Four year old Tyron is one of the children we were most worried about. When we first met him two years ago, he was clearly impacted by fetal alcohol syndrome, was very small for his age and had significant delays. His teacher, Denise, tells us he is progressing very well in all the areas of the classroom in the Froggies Class. She says, “Tyron enjoys school. He enjoys pouring and spooning in the practical life area. Tyron’s favourite piece of work in the sensorial area is building the pink tower together with the broad stair. His communication skills with the teachers are progressing well. We are very happy with his progress.”
Nadine is three years old and in the Springbokke Class with Teacher Patronella, who says, “Nadine enjoys her time at school and communicates very well with her peers. Her best friends are Roshe, Juanicka and Licriace. Nadine is a quiet child and is able to communicate her needs to me. She enjoys the Maths area and is able to count from 1 – 10. She also enjoys working with spooning activities in the practical life area as well as circle time with the dancing and singing. She is able to finish tasks that are given to her to do in class.”
Nadine’s buddy Juanicka is a friendly girl who works well in class, says Patronella. “She sometimes needs to be reminded to get some work and I will work with her. She enjoys the individual presentations and is a pleasure to have in class.”
Melody has settled in very well in the two year old’s Katjies Class with Teacher Leah. She enjoys circle time and shows concern for her younger peers in class. She likes working with puzzles, blocks and building with Legos. She is able to sit and finish tasks that are allocated to her. She is progressing well.
Five year old Jamie-Lee is always punctual for class with the Squirrels and Teacher Elizabeth says, “She has a positive attitude towards her school work and she is very eager to learn. Jamie-Lee has shown a good attitude about trying to improve in Mathematics and Language. She is very enthusiastic about participating activities. Jamie-Lee is co-operative and a very happy child. She is always eager to volunteer in class and works well with her peers.” We are so glad to hear she is doing so well. When we first learned about Jamie-Lee a year ago, we were saddened to learn that her mother died and despite efforts to contact him, her father is not involved, so she lives with relatives in a shack at the farm where they work.
The scholarships you support include transportation for children like Tyron, Nadine, Juanicka, Melody and Jamie- Lee, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be in a nurturing environment during the school day. If not for help like yours, they would likely be bored and unsupervised and possibly in danger. We are thrilled that these children will soon have access to the Love to Langa Swimming Academy at Philippi Children’s Centre, where they will have the rare opportunity to learn to swim! We deeply appreciate your commitment to our cause - thank you for helping to make these scholarships possible.
Thanks to amazing donors like you, we are able to sponsor scholarships for 10 children at Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre in Cape Town!
Here is a update on our crew:
Mila is a boy in Grade R. Mila and Zizo are brother and sister. They live with their granny in a shack. Mila adores playing with his friends. He is very active and loves creative activities such as cut and paste and art. He is technology driven and love tablet training classes that he participates in weekly. He follows instruction without difficulty and is the apple of his teacher’s eye.
Zizo is a girl in the 3-4 year class. She is Mila's sister. She is the chatterbox in class. She is quick to raise her hand and answer questions. She has a sweet nature and very popular amongst her peers.
Lukhanyo is a boy in the 2-3 year class. His brother is Kwazi, whose sponsor is continuing to cover his primary school expenses since he graduated from Mfuleni this year. Their father passed away and they have only their mother. They live in a shack, have no social grant and the mother works as a cleaner. Lukhanyo has a best friend, Nli. They are very close. Lukhanyo loves music and dance.
Hloniphoile is a boy in Grade R. He is an orphan. He lives with his gran and they are dependent on her pension. They live in the backyard of a friend in a shack. Hloniphoile is the sweetest boy. He is generous with his peers by sharing whatever he has.
Liveni is a girl in Grade R. She is Liveni an orphan and lives with her gran and her brother. Her brother is currently in the hospital with an unidentifiable disease. The award for the best manners goes to Liveni. Her nickname at school is "Lady" because she is a true lady is every sense.
Lutho is a boy in the 3-4 year class. Lutho’s dad was gunned down during taxi violence. He lives with his mother who is a cleaner. Lutho is known for loving transport. When the school bus arrives, he happily runs to it for the best seat. His passion is cars and he is always playing with them.
Mpho is a girl in Grade R. Mpho’s mother passed away in December 2014. She now lives with her gran. When Mpho started school this year she was withdrawn and would not socialize with any of her peers. Due to a very dedicated Teacher, Zami, Mpho is now socializing and a true leader to her friends.
Onako is a girl in Grade R. Onako’s father is unemployed and the mom is working. The father tries to find work in the community daily. Onako is the teacher’s pet and a true helper in class. She is currently struggling with tablet training and her teacher will be assisting him with extra classes.
Unathi is a boy in Grade R. Both of his parents are currently unemployed and are dependent on community members, family and friends for help. Unathi is a well-mannered young man. All the teachers refer to him as the “Gentleman.”
Lindokuhle is a girl in the 3-4 year class. Lindokuhle only has a mother. They live in a shack in Mfuleni but tend to move around. Lindi, as she is affectionally known, loves playing with boys, a true tomboy in the making. She is athletic and loves being outside. She can play for hours building sand castles in the sandpit.
Love to Langa is so grateful for the support of our donors, who make school a possibility for children who desperately need a safe and nurturing place to go each day. We would like to introduce you to some of the children your donations are helping.
Esona is a sweet little girl who attends school regularly. She loves socializing with her peers and outside play is her favorite activity. She is a very studious learner and very attentive in class. She lives with her brother and mother who is unemployed. Esona often comes to school without a snack however the school will always give her something so she does not go hungry.
Hloniphile is a happy, well-adjusted little boy who participates in all activities. He is pure joy to be around and a born leader. His peers are drawn to him, as are adults. He loves school and is always present, only snow would keep him away. He has two brothers and they have a close relationship. His mother is single, unemployed, and is furiously looking for work. She relies heavily on the granny to support the children and keep a roof over their heads.
Mila is a shy little boy who enjoys school. Due to the loss of his mother in 2014 he is insecure and can be sensitive in certain situations. He and his grandmother live in a shelter. There is concern for Mila as to what will happen if his grandmother passes on as he will probably be moved to an orphanage.
These children attend Mfuleni Early Learning Centre, the pilot project of the City of Cape Town and their Early Learning Development Strategy in conjunction with Love to Langa's South African Partner Southern Africa Sustainable Development Initiative.
Jamie-Lee is one of the children we are now able to help, thanks to your generous support. Born on December 7, 2009, she is in the Froggies Class at Philippi Children's Centre. Jamie-Lee's mother died and despite efforts to contact him, her father is not involved, so she lives with relatives in a shack at the farm where they work.
Despite such challenges at a young age, Jamie-Lee is independent and outspoken and interacts well with her peers. Her favorite activities include painting, cutting and pasting - anything creative. "The biggest impact on her is being fed at the beginning of the school day," says her teacher Denise. Like many of the children who attend Philippi Children's Centre, Jamie-Lee comes to school hungry and the nutrition she receives during the school day is critical for her health and development.
The scholarships you support include transportation for children like Jamie-Lee, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be in a nurturing environment during the school day. If not for you, she would likely be bored and unsupervised and possibly in danger.
We deeply appreciate your commitment to our cause and look forward to sharing updates with you in the future.
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