Feb 4, 2015

The Topsy Early Childhood Development Project

Boy with a new toy
Boy with a new toy

Dear Topsy Supporters,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the organisation that you choose to support. We are glad to have the chance to show you the results of your amazing support.

In April 2014, following consultation with stakeholders including Dipaleseng Early Childhood Association, Topsy has implemented an Early Childhood Development project to provide for the holistic development requirements of children in their formative years, encompassing physical, cognitive, social and language development needs.

The Topsy Early Childhood Development Project includes the implementation of a central educational toy library which will distribute on a rotation basis specialized educational toys to 19 under resourced pre-schools and 1 stimulation centre for mentally and physically disabled children in the impoverished Dipaleseng district of Mpumalanga.

In addition to the provision of specialized equipment to encourage play activities to develop young children in the areas of numeracy and literacy, Topsy will provide training to 85 staff, teachers and principals at the pre-schools on the concept of Early Childhood Development and the equipment provided.

Topsy has already begun and will continue to assist the pre-schools with basic management and site development to create a stimulating environment for the children, improved skills and job creation for the staff at the facilities.

Topsy has always endeavored to provide relevant and holistic support to the rural impoverished communities it serves through our Home-based Care, Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and Vegetable Gardening and Skills Training.

The Topsy ECD project aims to ensure children between the ages of 0-6 are emotionally and physically nourished. Children who have benefited from ECD projects have improved social and emotional behaviour, are less likely to drop out of school later in life, and have increased earning potential as adults. Ultimately, studies have shown that high quality stimulation through Early Childhood Development programmes gives children a better chance of breaking the poverty cycle.

The future aims of the project would be to develop Early Childhood Development staff and assist pre-schools in compliance with government standards and registration.

Warm Regards

Sharon Pruss
Donor Relationship Manager

ECD Preschool
ECD Preschool
ECD Classroom
ECD Classroom

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Oct 14, 2014

The Topsy Foundation NPC OVC Project

Topsy Orphaned and Vulnerable Children
Topsy Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Dear Topsy Supporters,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the organisation that you choose to support. We are glad to have the chance to show you the results of your amazing support. Today I would like to share a story of one of our beneficiary families.

 Mofokeng Children” told by Heleen Venter, Topsy Social Worker

The Mofokeng family stays in Extension 1, Phumelong. No Number. There are 8 family members in this household. The father of three of the children (now orphans) died about 2 years ago. They now live with their father’s partner.

The family stays in a small shack with no running water, toilet facilities or electricity. They are a very poor family and the mother does not look after the children very well.

Topsy intervened with the children’s welfare after doing an assessment of their situation. They met the criteria of Topsy’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Programme and were included in the emergency food and essentials parcel program.

In addition, Topsy assists the children with medical and psycho-social care. Topsy staff assists with bathing and feeding the children. Topsy has supplied the children with new warm clothes and school clothes.

Topsy Community Health Care Workers give assistance and support to the mother to help her to take better care of the children. They visit the family home daily to see that the mother has cooked food for the children. Weekly reports are given to our Social worker about this family. 

This family is a huge challenge but Topsy is making progress. Slowly but surely….  Heleen

The Topsy programmes are child-centred and the overall aims of the organisation are to strengthen the family and community and result in the involvement of more community members by creating a sense of ownership and long-term sustainability through;

  • The holistic care of orphaned and vulnerable children;
  • The provision of food security to communities threatened by malnutrition;
  • Income generation to help alleviate poverty.

At Topsy, we have a future vision of flourishing rural communities, where a generation of young people, who in spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS, are productive participants in society.

Warm Regards

Sharon Pruss
Donor Relationship Manager 

Topsy Orphaned and Vulnerable Children
Topsy Orphaned and Vulnerable Children
Apr 17, 2014

The Love and Strength of the Topsy Gogos

Gogo Patience
Gogo Patience

Dear Topsy Supporters,

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the organisation that you choose to support. We are glad to have the chance to show you the results of your amazing support. Today I would like to share with you a story of the love and strength of one of the “Gogos” (Grandmothers) in our Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Programme.

This is about Gogo Patience (not her true name) in the words of her Social Worker, Heleen Venter:

“Patience is a grandmother of two children of which the youngest one is a patient at Topsy. The children’s mother passed away some time ago. They are extremely poor and it is so cold in their house.

I wanted to share something very remarkable which I have never seen before. Patience is 70 years old and as you can see in the photo, she is disabled. She walks with great difficulty and the only way she can move around is with two old crutches. It looked as if she may have had Polio when she was little. Yet with all of this - you must see this lady taking care of her two orphans. When she does their washing she fills a bucket  of  water, puts it on her head  and starts walking with this very heavy load and disabled legs with two wooden crutches, to the outside of her house to work outside on the grass. It seems effortless, and she did it perfectly, but can you imagine the weight and burden for this old Gogo to just do a normal daily task.

She is always so thankful and an example for so many people. She loves these two grandchildren so much, and taking care of them in such a simple but special way.

Today we gave the little girl some warm clothing on her visit to the clinic (not the hat and scarf in the picture) and to the family 3 double bed blankets. They were very, very happy. Life is not always fair but full of lessons for those who are experiencing a situation, and sometimes even more for those who observe the situation.

These are the lessons that I see. I choose two learn and try to be someone better than I was the day before. Topsy changes me every day. I thank God for it.”

The Topsy programmes are child-centred and the overall aims of the organisation are to strengthen the family and community and result in the involvement of more community members by creating a sense of ownership and long-term sustainability through;

  •  The holistic care of orphaned and vulnerable children;
  • The provision of food security to communities threatened by malnutrition;

  • Income generation to help alleviate poverty.

At Topsy, we have a future vision of flourishing rural communities, where a generation of young people, who in spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS, are productive participants in society.

Warm Regards

Sharon Pruss
Donor Relationship Manager

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