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."
Dec 17, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015 from Keep The Dream196

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Dear Friends and partners of Keep The Dream196,

Thank you so much for your continued support in 2015. This year for us has been exciting, frustrating, encouraging and devastating for many reasons.

Exciting - because we are still here when so many wonderful organizations are dying due to the global financial crisis the often hostile fiscal climate that exists out there.

Frustrating - Asset Based Community Development is very frustrating because we work with people whose agendas and values are not the same and are often in direct conflict with what we are trying to acheive.

Encouraging - Our kids are amazing and keep us encouraged and focussed to continue

Devastating - We have buried 2 kids and 2 adult volunteers this year, plus one of our girls was raped and is now pregnant. We have implemented grief and trauma counselling for all those affected but the toll is heavy on us all.

With all the bad news we are experiencing from around the world from both man made and natural disasters including the terrorist attacks in Khenya, Burundi and France to the earthquakes of Nepal and the mudslides in Brazil what is so encouraging is people like you who see a need and give to help and support others. It is easy to become overwhelmed when you are just one person but your gift means so much to others often strangers who will never know your name or your circumstances but they will know you caring through your donation.

Whenever I write to donors who have give to KTD196 I always write a personal note and to those who receive those notes monthly I hope I am not clogging your email provider. I always amazed at the generosity of heart of people. Christmas is a cash sucking, finance reducing, debt inducing time of the year and yet people still give. RELAX I am not asking for money. I am just wanting to appreciate your support and your efforts and thank you once again for making a difference to us. It does wonderful things to me personally knowing that people I dont know are willing to give and support this program and those of you who I have the priviledge to know I am very grateful.

So now, I want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. God bless you and keep you safe. May your Christmas season be full to overflowing with joy, love, happiness and blessings.

Love from Louise and the KTD196 Dream Team.

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Dec 16, 2015

Christmas 2015 Keep The Dream196

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Dear Friends and partners of Keep The Dream196,

Thank you so much for your continued support in 2015. This year for us has been exciting, frustrating, encouraging and devastating for many reasons.

Exciting - because we are still here when so many wonderful organizations are dying due to the global financial crisis the often hostile fiscal climate that exists out there. Exciting because our kids continue to grow and acheive and develop into excellent young adults who are passionate about life.

Frustrating - Asset Based Community Development is very frustrating because we work with people whose agendas and values are not the same and are often in direct conflict with what we are trying to acheive.

Encouraging - Our kids are amazing and keep us encouraged and focussed to continue

Devastating - We have buried 2 kids and 2 adult volunteers this year, plus one of our girls was raped and is now pregnant by perpetrator who is out of bail in the same village as his victim. We have implemented grief and trauma counselling for all those affected but the toll is heavy on us all.

With all the bad news we are experiencing from around the world from both man made and natural disasters including the terrorist attacks in Khenya, Burundi and France to the earthquakes of Nepal and the mudslides in Brazil what is so encouraging is people like you who see a need and give to help and support others. It is so easy to become overwhelmed when you are just one person but your gift means so much to others, often strangers who will never know your name or your circumstances but they will know your caring through your gift.

Whenever I write to donors who have given to KTD196 I always write a personal note and to those who receive those notes monthly I hope I am not clogging your email provider. I am always amazed at the generosity of heart of people. Christmas is a cash sucking, finance reducing and debt inducing time of the year and yet people still give. RELAX I am not asking for money. I am just wanting to appreciate your support and your efforts and thank you once again for making a difference to us. It does wonderful things to me personally knowing that people I dont know are willing to give and support this program and those of you who I have the priviledge to know I am very grateful.

So now, I want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. God bless you and keep you safe. May your Christmas season be full to overflowing with joy, love, happiness and blessings.

Love from Louise and the KTD196 Dream Team.

 

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Oct 27, 2015

Moving forward into uncharted Territory

Dear All,

as the title says we are moving forward into uncharted territory. Last years Annual Report I stated that we wanted to franchise what we are doing to spread our foot print further and to impact more children, families and communities. After a lot of research franchising is fraught with a lot of legalities and paperwork. To that end, we have decided to continue partnering with larger organizations in order to move ahead.

KTD196 is now working in Vembe a province in Limpopo through the Japanese Volunteer Centre, we are also working into Utah (through Buffelshoek Trust) and Acornhoek (Seeds of Light) in Mpumalanga the province next to Limpopo. Through our partnership with National Development Agency we are rolling out our Food For Life project (and childrens project) to the other districts in our province. This is exciting, we are moving on with our dreams.

Our dream is still to have our own premises which include a farm so that we can start to generate our own income and not be totally relient on people such as yourselves but to meet more and more of our own costs and also provide a safe venue for the children to come and camp. Currently we do have a venue we can camp at but the cost is very high for small groups of children. We are slowly but enthusiastically moving towards this goal with requests going to major donors both nationally and internationally for support.

We are about to complete our food security and income generation project with our parent committees. We have done such a good job that the National Development Agency has asked as to repeat the process through out the rest of the districts in this province. We will not just be taking the Food For Life program but also our childrens program to those districts. The parents and gaurdians are all very grateful for Keep The Dream196 and the work we do to support them.

I want to thank you all for your prayers, encouragement, partnership and resources to be able to do this. It is humbling to know we have people that believe in the work we do enough to put their time, effort and money where theirs mouths are. THANK YOU. For those who have donated for a while, please consider donating a regular amount even if it is a minimum amount, it all helps. 100people donating $10 = $1,000 that equates to 4 peoples salaries and transport for a month. We dont want to be a burden to any one person but this small amount allows us to plan and utilize effectively the resources we do have to see our vision fulfilled.

Thank you once again.

God bless you

Louise

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