Our Soweto Hope Academy has begun with a BANG!
It has been an exciting start the season as we have welcomed all the children from the Academy. This is the third year of the Academy as we continue to invest into each child in their football, faith and future.
The children have started off well. The Academy has received many visits from overseas visitors and also from other African leaders that work for Ambassadors In Sport. Soweto Hope Academy is the flagship model for our other African offices to replicate in the future.
We did have a set back when our offices were broken into but we are thankful that the person responsible for the theft was arrested and was sent to prison. We managed to also recover a lot of the stolen goods.
The children are progressing well, we have been running life skills sessions based on our Core Values which are Compassion, Respect, Self-Discipline, Humility, Integrity, Equality and Excellence.
One of our children said to our Future Coach (who oversees our life skills and education monitoring) - coach I just love you and you are like a mother to me. This is something that happens regularly and the Academy has become like a family to many of our children.
This past month we have had the pleasure of hosting a team from the UK who have spent time in the Academy. This has been amazing as the kids have been able to interact with people from another country. However, as I always say to touring teams - these kids will teach you more than you can teach them!
Finally we are pleased to announce that Hope Academy was awarded recognition from the Nelson Mandel Fund for best practice within the nonprofit sector. This was a great honour for us - see link below for further info!
We value all your support as we continue to develop the children throughout this year and we will keep you all updated with reports!
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