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."
Feb 10, 2017

2017 exciting start to the year.

Nomtando
Nomtando

Greetings all and Happy New Year to you and your families.

Well, it seems as though the drought may finally be at an end in this province. Not since the floods of 2000 with the well-known lady who gave birth to a baby in a tree have we had such rain. As a predominantly citrus growing area it has been devastating to watch crops and animals die of hunger and thirst. Now we see fresh growth everywhere. We are also seeing households with small crops of Miele’s springing up everywhere. In one night we had 200ml of rain, an extraordinary amount by anyone’s standards.

With the rain comes a cleansing, bushes and houses are washed and appear clean and bright, the dust is well and truly set into mud holes which at present are still a novelty and not an encumbrance, yet! Also new grass, fresh life is springing up all over. People look and feel refreshed and renewed for the coming year.

 Its only the beginning of February however we have been busy putting new plans in place and finalising 2016. For example: we had 15 matriculants and only 1 failed (she had been sick for most of 2016 so she is returning to complete her matriculation in 2017). We had 5 matriculants acheive Bachelor entry to university and 6 acheive Diploma's to commence their tertiary education. The statistics for Limpopo province were 62% pass rate, with most acheiving high school certificates. Our Scouts are doing far better than the other learners that are not in our program.

Also we have acheived Nationally Accredited Gold Certificates for our Cubs and Scouts groups, with the new program we are implementing we are finally able to succeed in such an encouraging manner. The children are hyped up and encouraged for the new year; the possibilities they see; the dreams they have and hope to acheive.

Your support has meant they have acheived. Without your support the children would just settle and fall in to what others are doing, become victims of limited possibilities and peer pressure. So thank you on their behalf. God bless you.

Thank you

Louise

PS I know I alluded to a huge change coming to Keep The Dream196 in the last report, that change is literally days away however I want to wait until all our ducks are in row before sharing the good news, so stay tuned!

My name is Nomtando,

I have been with Keep The Dream196 as a scout for 4 years. I joined when I was 12 and am now in year 10 and I am 16yrs of age. I love scouts, I love learning and doing, I love being able to be useful and living by the scout laws. I believe I have a future and can become what I have dreamed. I want to be a teacher and help other children believe in themselves the way Keep The Dream196 has helped me believe in me.

I was asked if my friends joined scots with me, some did and some didnt. My best friend didnt and its so sad, she is a mom now well when she was 15, she dropped out of school and now just hangs around the taverns during the day. I look at her and think, wow that could have been me if I had listened to her. If I had decided not join scouts I would be with my best friend. Instead I am doing well in school, I dont have any boyfriend and I am focussed on my school work.

Keep The Dream196 saves our lives. HIV is very high in my area, because as a scout we are not sexually active we are kept safe. We know about condoms and ABC (Abstinance, Be Faithful, Condomise) but we have decided to Abstain and be Faithful to ourselves and our dreams first.

Thank you Keep the Dream196 you have saved my future.

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Feb 10, 2017

2017

Nomtando
Nomtando

Greetings all and Happy New Year to you and your families.

Well, it seems as though the drought may finally be at an end in this province. Not since the floods of 2000 with the well-known lady who gave birth to a baby in a tree have we had such rain. As a predominantly citrus growing area it has been devastating to watch crops and animals die of hunger and thirst. Now we see fresh growth everywhere. We are also seeing households with small crops of Miele’s springing up everywhere. In one night we had 200ml of rain, an extraordinary amount by anyone’s standards.

With the rain comes a cleansing, bushes and houses are washed and appear clean and bright, the dust is well and truly set into mud holes which at present are still a novelty and not an encumbrance, yet! Also new grass, fresh life is springing up all over. People look and feel refreshed and renewed for the coming year.

Its only the beginning of February however we have been busy putting new plans in place and finalising 2016. For example: we had 15 matriculants and only 1 failed (she had been sick for most of 2016 so she is returning to complete her matriculation in 2017). We had 5 matriculants acheive Bachelor entry to university and 6 acheive Diploma's to commence their tertiary education. The statistics for Limpopo province were 62% pass rate, with most acheiving high school certificates. Our Scouts are doing far better than the other learners that are not in our program.

Also we have acheived Nationally Accredited Gold Certificates for our Cubs and Scouts groups, with the new program we are implementing we are finally able to succeed in such an encouraging manner. The children are hyped up and encouraged for the new year; the possibilities they see; the dreams they have and hope to acheive.

Your support has meant they have acheived. Without your support the children would just settle and fall in to what others are doing, become victims of limited possibilities and peer pressure. So thank you on their behalf. God bless you.

Thank you

Louise

PS I know I alluded to a huge change coming to Keep The Dream196 in the last report, that change is literally days away however I want to wait until all our ducks are in row before sharing the good news, so stay tuned!

My name is Nomtando,

I have been with Keep The Dream196 as a scout for 4 years. I joined when I was 12 and am now in year 10 and I am 16yrs of age. I love scouts, I love learning and doing, I love being able to be useful and living by the scout laws. I believe I have a future and can become what I have dreamed. I want to be a teacher and help other children believe in themselves the way Keep The Dream196 has helped me believe in me.

I was asked if my friends joined scots with me, some did and some didnt. My best friend didnt and its so sad, she is a mom now well when she was 15, she dropped out of school and now just hangs around the taverns during the day. I look at her and think, wow that could have been me if I had listened to her. If I had decided not join scouts I would be with my best friend. Instead I am doing well in school, I dont have any boyfriend and I am focussed on my school work.

Keep The Dream196 saves our lives. HIV is very high in my area, because as a scout we are not sexually active we are kept safe. We know about condoms and ABC (Abstinance, Be Faithful, Condomise) but we have decided to Abstain and be Faithful to ourselves and our dreams first.

Thank you Keep the Dream196 you have saved my future.

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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.

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