Alternative action sports by Chris -The I2B Swakopmund Missions Trip- Inspired2Become went to Namibia to build some ramps, run a skate contest and do a skim clinic. The flyers that were going around in Swakop:
Below, the I2B Team from Somerset West and the Swakopmund locals. These are amazing people! We would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all they did for us over there. We had two movie nights. One surf movie night and one skate movie night.
Building ramps till late.
The awesome indoor space we got blessed with to run the skate contest:
Prize giving: We shared some testimonies.
We ran a skim clinic on the Swakopmund main beach.
Sunset on our off day at Donkey Bay.
-July Day Trip with some of the I2B Klienvlei club skaters.
-The I2B Skate Park made the local newspaper.
-Working hard to get the bowl level and ready for the summer.
Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie -Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games- congratulations to my coach on her birthday which was on race day. May you be blessed abundantly! Thank you for all you do for us. I believe it was a special birthday.
It was a privilege to have 3 SA athletes in the final of the men's 100m T37. The race ended with SA walking away with a gold, silver and 4th place.
We had opportunity to share our testimonies in the village. I also met some of the chaplains whom I will serve with in Swansea at the European Champs.
We also had a great time with the Common Wealth Games' chaplains.
We also made a one night stop over at The Yard skatepark in Knysna.
Dawnie skim session in Buffel's Bay.
-The I2B Skim-Chair Race- The aim was to have this event for young people in wheel-chairs but it was a challenge to get them to the beach. This was however just a test run and we hope to do a big skim-chair event for people with disabilities next summer.
We ended up just having the race between the I2B club members. The fastest team over the stretch of 100m won.
The two fastest teams below. Each guy won an I2B T-shirt.
Thanks to my friend Josh who built a skim-rail for some extra excitement on the day.
-The I2B Kogel Bay Skim Camp- We went to camp directly after the Skim-Chair Race.
Three kids got baptized at camp in the ocean, between the mountains, how awesome is that?!
-Thanks to Godfrey and Scott- from Shofar Somerset West. Godfrey (on the left) is the new supervisor at the I2B Somerset West Skatepark and Scott is a faithful volunteer. We are busy putting the bowl in. We are hoping to put a roof over the bowl at the end, in order to keep the rain out. Please let us know if you want to be involved with this project.
Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie
-Outreach at National Championships- We had an amazing time at Nationals this year, sharing testimonies and having fellowship with athletes. It was great to see athletes respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was the first of hopefully many more, thanks to the SSC (Stellenbosch Sport Coalition), Niel Louw, SCAS and everyone else involved.
SSC and some volunteers
We are proud of our athletes
-Sharing my life story- I had the opportunity to share my story with Tannie Hanlie and her friends, which is a group of ladies that get together on a monthly basis, we had a delicious meal together at Tannie Hanlie's house after I shared my story with them.
-Grand Prix Series- We kicked off the series of competitions in Brazil, the following races are taking place in Europe. It is the first year that they are hosting this series.
-Sports Ministry Training- Some of the I2B members joined the training for the outreaches we will have during the soccer world cup.
-Presidential Awards- I was privileged to receive an award, the order of Ikhamanga for excellent achievement in Paralympic sports. I had the honor of going with my dad.
Thank you for your interest and support!
Mar 9, 2014
Ramping Up in Life
By Chi Nguyen - In-the-Field Representative
This report is written by GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Traveler, Chi Nguyen, who is traveling throughout the nine countries of Southern Africa to visit GlobalGiving's partner organizations.
On Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, I was able to visit Inspired2Become's multiple project sites with founder Chris van der Merwe. Chris and I2B have been successful in filling a gap within the surrounding communities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town by providing a space where children can be active and creative, a place where they can feel safe to express themselves through motion.
The government of South Africa has made the effort to build things such as skate parks and recreational sports areas for children to play in after school so that they may avoid the boredom that can often lead to substance abuse. However, the government can only do so much - the communities have found that after the recreational play areas have been built, the children still did not have access to skateboards, roller blades, or any other sports materials that are necessary complimentary components for a skate park to be of practical use. Unfortunately, this has often led to the parks having the exact opposite desired effect - lacking the materials needed to ensure the parks are used for their intended purpose, the parks have then often turned into meeting grounds for children to partake in substance abuse together. This is where Chris and I2B have stepped in to help - Chris locates and obtains skateboards, rollerblades, skim boards and more and makes them accessible to youth for recreational play and development. Each club has a dedicated hour scheduled for them every week: 45 minutes of recreational play, and 15 minutes of self-development and discussion during which they cover a new character development topic every week.
Not only has Chris found that they have been very successful thus far in their mission, he has found the demand to be growing. Children from surrounding communities on the outskirts of the towns that hold I2B centers walk long distances to and from the park every week to enjoy time with their friends and focus on improving their skills on the ramps. To help the youth avoid such long travel distances, Chris is currently in the process of locating funds, materials, and equipment to expand and build new centers so that more youth have access to the recreational play and competitions I2B holds as well as the self-development and character building programs I2B has to offer.