Keep The Dream196

VISION: To see all children enter adulthood with holistic skills and abilities necessary to contribute effectively to the development of South Africa ORGANISATION MISSION: "Our mission is to assist children to overcome difficult life circumstances by building resilience, physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically, using a Right's based framework, so they are able to realize their full potential and contribute to the building of South Africa."
Nov 14, 2016

Dreaming for the future

Charles M
Charles M


Dear friends and partners of Keep The Dream196

Thank you for your support both past and present. It is very humbling for us to receive your support, some on a monthly basis and others whenever they can. Both are very much appreciated.

We continue to grow and develop. It is so inspiring to see our kids take hold of their dreams and bring them into reality. Once they have a dream it inspires them to work towards that dream. They face huge obstacles having come from rural, previously disadvantaged areas that have minimal infrastructure geared towards learning. Recently with the Fees must Fall campaign disrupting a number of universities it makes holding on to the dream even more challenging.

However, we already have some kids that are already walking in their dreams of being physiotherapists, social workers, nurses, engineers, teachers etc. Its so exciting because with each new child we get to nurture new possibility. You are a part of that success. You have provided them with the fabric (hope) to be able to dream through supporting Keep The Dream196. We have a very high pass mark at matriculation, that of 90%. We also have a very high graduation rate of 70% where the universities claim on 10% of students who enrol ever graduate.

This is thrilling to watch as these young people inspire the next group of believers coming through to work hard and persevere. Some of our donors are even giving specifically to children for bursaries which is also very exciting as this is the clincher for some to continue with their studies.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support, as the new giving season is nearly upon us, I just want to remind you of the work we do and the impact we are making.

Thank you once again and I pray that your holiday season is filled with fun, laughter and joy.

Blessings to you and your family

Louise and the Keep The Dream Team

 

Voice of the Child:

My name is Charles M and I am 16 years old and have been a scout and part of Keep The Dream196 for 5 years. Scouts has really changed my life as  I come from a poor background many of the boys my age in the community are not great role models, so KTD196 and my family have helped me to see there is another way to live.

I live with my mother, father, older sister and my two brothers. I was born in Johannesburg but the family then moved to Shiluvane just before my little brothers were born. I really liked living in Shiluvane as I met most of my friends in that village. I attended Shiluvane primary school for 7 years and then began attending scouts in grade 8 of my high school, Khataza.

My family have now moved to Burgersdorp and I am now in grade 10 of high school. This was difficult for me as I had to leave my friends behind and because my new village is about 8km walk away but I’m thankful that I can still see them in school and at scouts. There are around five people in my class that also attend scouts with me. Some of the people in our classes make fun of us for being in scouts and for choosing to live by the scout rules. Calling us fools for not playing around, having girlfriends and smoking with them on weekends. As scouts we have made the decision to lead a different life, living by the scout laws.

I personally think that it is a good thing that as a scout we are not allowed to smoke or do drugs because I know how harmful it is for our bodies. It is difficult though when others are drinking etc. because of the peer pressure. So many people in my school and community are doing these things, even taking drugs from the age of 12, it seems like these things are normal and good fun. I know that they affect people differently and can cause you to do wrong  things or even commit crimes so I know its not something I want to do.

Scouts has given me a good direction that doing these sorts of things isn’t right and that I can now be more focused on my future and my life after school. Scouts has also given me many different types of skills for example learning first aid. Meaning that even if I don’t do that well in school I will still have skills that can help me if I wanted to become a paramedic. Scouts helped me to think more about my career, it would be my dream to come a pilot.

I really love attending the scout camps and I always have so much fun. At home I have many responsibilities and jobs to carry out, as I am a scout I respect my parents because they have supported me and encouraged me to join scouts. I want my younger brothers to also join scouts because I think it will also help them to learn these unique skills and have fun. At the moment in scouts we are attending a ‘Boys2Men’ program teaching us what it truly means to be a man, building on the principles of respect that scouts have taught. I already know that a man must respect not only other men but also women. Some boys from my community go through ’Engomni’ a tradition in our culture where boys are taken to mountain school for a month and taught about what it means to be a man. When they come back they are very different people, they are not true men.


In KTD196 I am now a leader and a role model to the younger children. It makes me feel proud of who I am today.

Keep The Dream196
Keep The Dream196
Keep The Dream196
Keep The Dream196

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Nov 14, 2016

Dreaming for the future

Keep The Dream196
Keep The Dream196


Dear friends and partners of Keep The Dream196

Thank you for your support both past and present. It is very humbling for us to receive your support, some on a monthly basis and others whenever they can. Both are very much appreciated.

We continue to grow and develop. It is so inspiring to see our kids take hold of their dreams and bring them into reality. Once they have a dream it inspires them to work towards that dream. They face huge obstacles having come from rural, previously disadvantaged areas that have minimal infrastructure geared towards learning. Recently with the Fees must Fall campaign disrupting a number of universities it makes holding on to the dream even more challenging.

However, we already have some kids that are already walking in their dreams of being physiotherapists, social workers, nurses, engineers, teachers etc. Its so exciting because with each new child we get to nurture new possibility. You are a part of that success. You have provided them with the fabric (hope) to be able to dream through supporting Keep The Dream196. We have a very high pass mark at matriculation, that of 90%. We also have a very high graduation rate of 70% where the universities claim on 10% of students who enrol ever graduate.

This is thrilling to watch as these young people inspire the next group of believers coming through to work hard and persevere. Some of our donors are even giving specifically to children for bursaries which is also very exciting as this is the clincher for some to continue with their studies.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support, as the new giving season is nearly upon us, I just want to remind you of the work we do and the impact we are making.

Thank you once again and I pray that your holiday season is filled with fun, laughter and joy.

Blessings to you and your family

Louise and the Keep The Dream Team

 

Voice of the Child:

My name is Charles M and I am 16 years old and have been a scout and part of Keep The Dream196 for 5 years. Scouts has really changed my life as  I come from a poor background many of the boys my age in the community are not great role models, so KTD196 and my family have helped me to see there is another way to live.

I live with my mother, father, older sister and my two brothers. I was born in Johannesburg but the family then moved to Shiluvane just before my little brothers were born. I really liked living in Shiluvane as I met most of my friends in that village. I attended Shiluvane primary school for 7 years and then began attending scouts in grade 8 of my high school, Khataza.

My family have now moved to Burgersdorp and I am now in grade 10 of high school. This was difficult for me as I had to leave my friends behind and because my new village is about 8km walk away but I’m thankful that I can still see them in school and at scouts. There are around five people in my class that also attend scouts with me. Some of the people in our classes make fun of us for being in scouts and for choosing to live by the scout rules. Calling us fools for not playing around, having girlfriends and smoking with them on weekends. As scouts we have made the decision to lead a different life, living by the scout laws.

I personally think that it is a good thing that as a scout we are not allowed to smoke or do drugs because I know how harmful it is for our bodies. It is difficult though when others are drinking etc. because of the peer pressure. So many people in my school and community are doing these things, even taking drugs from the age of 12, it seems like these things are normal and good fun. I know that they affect people differently and can cause you to do wrong  things or even commit crimes so I know its not something I want to do.

Scouts has given me a good direction that doing these sorts of things isn’t right and that I can now be more focused on my future and my life after school. Scouts has also given me many different types of skills for example learning first aid. Meaning that even if I don’t do that well in school I will still have skills that can help me if I wanted to become a paramedic. Scouts helped me to think more about my career, it would be my dream to come a pilot.

I really love attending the scout camps and I always have so much fun. At home I have many responsibilities and jobs to carry out, as I am a scout I respect my parents because they have supported me and encouraged me to join scouts. I want my younger brothers to also join scouts because I think it will also help them to learn these unique skills and have fun. At the moment in scouts we are attending a ‘Boys2Men’ program teaching us what it truly means to be a man, building on the principles of respect that scouts have taught. I already know that a man must respect not only other men but also women. Some boys from my community go through ’Engomni’ a tradition in our culture where boys are taken to mountain school for a month and taught about what it means to be a man. When they come back they are very different people, they are not true men.


In KTD196 I am now a leader and a role model to the younger children. It makes me feel proud of who I am today.

Charles M
Charles M
Dream Team
Dream Team

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Aug 19, 2016

Just Imagine

Charles
Charles

Dear Friends of Keep The Dream196,

I think its time that I let the children speak about their hopes and dreams and the impact that KTD196 has had. Its all to easy to get caught up with the big picture and forget the smaller picture, the impact we have in individual lives.

Voice of the Child:

My name is Charles and I am 16 years old and have been a scout and part of Keep The Dream196 for 5 years. Scouts has really changed my life as I come from a poor background many of the boys my age in the community are not great role models, so KTD196 and my family have helped me to see there is another way to live.

I live with my mother, father, older sister and my two brothers. I was born in Johannesburg but the family then moved to Shiluvane just before my little brothers were born. I really liked living in Shiluvane as I met most of my friends in that village. I attended Shiluvane primary school for 7 years and then began attending scouts in grade 8 of my high school, Khataza.

My family have now moved to Burgersdorp and I am now in grade 10 of high school. This was difficult for me as I had to leave my friends behind and because my new village is about 8km walk away but I’m thankful that I can still see them in school and at scouts. There are around five people in my class that also attend scouts with me. Some of the people in our classes make fun of us for being in scouts and for choosing to live by the scout rules. Calling us fools for not playing around, having girlfriends and smoking with them on weekends. As scouts we have made the decision to lead a different life, living by the scout laws.

I personally think that it is a good thing that as a scout we are not allowed to smoke or do drugs because I know how harmful it is for our bodies. It is difficult though when others are drinking etc. because of the peer pressure. So many people in my school and community are doing these things, even taking drugs from the age of 12, it seems like these things are normal and good fun. I know that they affect people differently and can cause you to do wrong  things or even commit crimes so I know its not something I want to do.

Scouts has given me a good direction that doing these sorts of things isn’t right and that I can now be more focused on my future and my life after school. Scouts has also given me many different types of skills for example learning first aid. Meaning that even if I don’t do that well in school I will still have skills that can help me if I wanted to become a paramedic. Scouts helped me to think more about my career, it would be my dream to come a pilot.

I really love attending the scout camps and I always have so much fun. At home I have many responsibilities and jobs to carry out, as I am a scout I respect my parents because they have supported me and encouraged me to join scouts. I want my younger brothers to also join scouts because I think it will also help them to learn these unique skills and have fun. At the moment in scouts we are attending a ‘Boys2Men’ program teaching us what it truly means to be a man, building on the principles of respect that scouts have taught. I already know that a man must respect not only other men but also women. Some boys from my community go through ’Engomni’ a tradition in our culture where boys are taken to mountain school for a month and taught about what it means to be a man. When they come back they are very different people, they are not true men.


In KTD196 I am now a leader and a role model to the younger children. It makes me feel proud of who I am today.

 

It is such a privilege to be a part of a young person’s life and assist them in finding their dream. I am humbled and truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this young man’s future. As donors you have made this possible. For 13years now we have been having similar impact. Not all children remain in scouts, they succumb to the peer pressure mentioned here however, all of them know there is another way and some come back to us recognising that the detour they took was not profitable and reinvest with KTD196.

Thank you everyone for your support, encouragement and belief in the children we serve.

Regarding the farm I hope to have some news in the next few weeks about the advances that are being made in this department. Yes we have found a farm, you all new that, however, no you will just have to wait for the final outcome as do I but I hope I have wet your appetite. Please keep believing with us.

God Bless Louise

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