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Jan 13, 2020

Thank you for Helping Children and Youth around the World

Isaac at a lecture
Isaac at a lecture

We hope you have had a great start to 2020! Thank you to each person who supported the children and young people at our projects in 2019! The "Impact Fund" enables your contributions to go to where they are most needed, whether this is to assist with an urgent or unexpected need at one of our partner organisations, or to help us complete an appeal. Your support really makes a huge difference and is life-changing for the children and youth at our projects!

In 2016, CHW's Trustees made an administrative change to the charity, so that we could help young people as well as children. The first young person to benefit from this was Isaac, who grew up at New Life's centre in Ghana. He wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. We are delighted to share with you that, in 2019, he completed his degree! One of our corporate sponsors assisted with his fees, and donations through the Impact Fund helped towards a stipend for his food as well as support for his educational materials. Isaac is currently undertaking a year of National Service. Thank you so much to each person who helped along the way and supported Isaac, so that he could complete his studies.

We are also very grateful for recent donations to the Impact Fund, which helped us to complete an appeal for another of our Ghanaian partner organisations, Meyah Preparatory School. This school serves the community of Medie, and, after growing rapidly, was looking for help with sponsorship for its teachers. Some donations given through this page helped with that project and we are truly grateful to each person who gave, as you are enabling these children to continue with their education. We also want to thank Claire from the organisation Move The World, for linking us with this school.

Last year, your donations through this page also helped Casa Mea in Romania, when we were running an appeal to help them to keep going. We are thankful to all who contributed to this. Today Casa Mea is continuing to provide a warm, loving home for children and teenagers who, for various reasons, are unable to live with their families. We have previously fundraised to help sponsor a social worker to work with the children and we hope to be able to do this again in 2020. As a small charity, funding such projects can be challenging, and if we struggle to reach this goal, donations to the Impact Fund will go towards supporting Casa Mea in this way.

Along with this update, we are including some photos, our New Year greeting and a video of Isaac. We really appreciate your kindness and the difference you make for the children and youth. 

 

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With thanks to Felicia at Casa Mea, James at New Life and Moses at Meyah Preparatory School for the photos and video included with this report.

Children in class at Meyah
Children in class at Meyah
Casa Mea at Christmas
Casa Mea at Christmas
New Year Greeting from CHW!
New Year Greeting from CHW!

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Jan 7, 2020

Children in Cape Town attend a Science Workshop

Zoe and a friend doing an activity with LEGO
Zoe and a friend doing an activity with LEGO

We hope you have had a great start to 2020! Thank you so much to each person who supported ORT SA CAPE's programmes, through CHW, during 2019. This has made such a difference to children, teenagers and teachers from communities around Cape Town. In late 2019, ORT SA CAPE held a workshop for the children from Rooikappie Pre-School Centre. This is another of our partner organisations and we are so glad to have made the link between Rooikappie and ORT SA CAPE. CHW’s supporters' contributions helped to make the recent workshop possible. Thank you very much to each person who was a part of this.

 

Below is a report from Bev and Karen with details about this workshop:

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ORT SA CAPE is an education NGO focusing on training and supporting teachers in disadvantaged areas. Our vision is a future where all teachers receive quality training and all children have access to quality education. ORT SA CAPE prides itself on excellent, needs-based training and after-training support visits. Besides concentrating on delivering training in literacy, numeracy and perceptual skills we also offer technology skills development through Robotics and Coding.

 

ORT SA CAPE has trained over 1,700 teachers in 2019, allowing us to impact over 51,000 learners on their education journey.

 

Through Children’s Helpers Worldwide, we have a relationship with Rooikappie Creche in Ottery. Rooikappie is a shining light in a struggling community. The school is built on a foundation of care and love for the community's most vulnerable children. ORT SA CAPE is privileged to be able to host the teachers and learners from this school at our facility at the Cape Town Science Centre.

 

On 19 November 2019, 25 children and 3 teachers were hosted by ORT SA CAPE for a fun-filled day of play and learning.

 

The workshop started off with some fun, interactive activities. These included "purposeful play" using LEGO Playbox and train sets as well as an introduction to coding using "directional mice". These encourage pre-coding skills and the learners were tasked with programming their mice to draw different shapes.

 

The learners from Rooikappie also had a session using LEGO Six Bricks. These activities are designed to cover all foundation learning areas and are based on learning through play. The activities encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun, interactive way.

 

Following the workshop with ORT SA CAPE facilitators, the learners visited the Cape Town Science Centre. They explored the different exhibits and watched a science show. They ended the day with a delicious lunch.

 

Zoe is 5 years old and attends Rooikappie from 6am until 5:30 every day. She is in foster care and her foster family receives a grant from the government to pay a small amount towards Zoe's care and schooling. Zoe is one of five children who have all been taken in by the same family. This foster care family has a special relationship with Rooikappie and, together, they are trying to give Zoe the best start in life that they can. Zoe is a bright and sweet child who loved her visit to ORT SA CAPE.

 

Zoe’s teacher is a volunteer at the preschool. Her child attends the school, but she cannot afford the school fees. She volunteers at the school so that her child may stay at the school. She is passionate about children and improving the lives of the children in her care. She enjoys giving back to the community that helps her to care for her child! Going to the Cape Town Science Centre was the highlight of their year!

 

Each child and their teachers had a wonderful time engaging in LEGO and exploring the Science Centre. Thank you to the funders who made their dream come true today!

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Faranaaz, the Principal of Rooikappie, wrote:

"A very big thank you to CHW. Rooikappie Pre-School Centre had the opportunity to visit the ORT SA CAPE for a workshop, as well as a visit to the Science Centre. Thank you for the good work that you do for the underprivileged children of South Africa. We love and appreciate it.

 

 

All of us at CHW are very grateful to each of you, for helping to make this learning experience happen for the children!

 

 

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With thanks to Bev and Karen for the photos and thank you to Anne, the founder of the organisation, The Future Factory, for linking CHW with Rooikappie!

 

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Activities with LEGO Playbox and train sets
Activities with LEGO Playbox and train sets
Sisonke, a facilitator, working with the children
Sisonke, a facilitator, working with the children
LEGO Six Bricks activity
LEGO Six Bricks activity
Activity with the "directional mice"
Activity with the "directional mice"
Oct 14, 2019

Thank you for Helping Children and Youth around the World

A class run by Stepping Stones, China
A class run by Stepping Stones, China

Thank you very much for supporting the "Impact Fund". Your kindness is helping children and young people at the projects we support and you are making such a big difference for them.

Over the past couple of months, your donations have helped some of the individual children and young people at our projects, as well as helping with resources for programmes for groups of children.

Stelian, a thirteen-year-old boy at Casa Mea, Romania, started attending maths tuition sessions last month. CHW was able to fund this, thanks to your support through our page. If Stelian is able to get a high grade at the end of this school year, he will have a better chance to enrol in a good high school. Felicia at Casa Mea said that Stelian attends the tutoring every Sunday and is focussing on algebra and geometry.

Dora, who grew up at New Life in Ghana, is in her third year of a vocational course on wedding decorations and sewing. One of CHW's supporters sponsored her course fees. Your contributions have helped to provide Dora with a stipend for her food for the term. After completing her course, Dora plans to work for other people and gain experience, until she can go on to open her own shop. Dora is very grateful for your support.

Stepping Stones in China runs health and educational programmes for migrant children in Shanghai. CHW was trying to fundraise to sponsor their teaching materials for the next semester. With your help, this was possible! During the last semester, 248 trained volunteers provided 1,775 lessons to 2,784 migrant children in 24 schools and community centres in Shanghai. Eva from Stepping Stones expressed her gratitude for your support for the migrant children.

Challenging Heights in Ghana rescues and rehabilitates children who were trafficked into the fishing industry. Some of your contributions went towards supporting their reintegration programme, which helps rescued children, who have spent some time at Challenging Heights' centre, to move on with their lives and to be reunited with their families and return to school.

We are currently trying to sponsor teachers to work with the children at Meyah Prepartory School in Ghana. The school has grown rapidly and, whilst the director is making plans for the sustainability of the school's future, this assistance right now would be a big help for them and will ensure that the 150 pupils at the school continue to receive an education. If we struggle to raise these funds, then contributions made to the Impact Fund over the next month or so, will go towards this and will be a massive support for everyone at the school.

Our partner organisations joined in with our "making an impact" campaign, and took photos holding up our sign. You can see some of the photos in our Facebook album. The link is below.

Thank you so much for making an impact for children through your wonderful support for CHW.

 

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With thanks to Cui at Stepping Stones, James at New Life, Jan and Felicia at Casa Mea, Jonathan and Willow at Challenging Heights and Moses at Meyah Preparatory School for the photos and updates. Thanks to Claire at Move The World for making our collaboration with Challenging Heights and Meyah Preparatory School possible!

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Stelian, Casa Mea, Romania
Stelian, Casa Mea, Romania
Dora, New Life, Ghana
Dora, New Life, Ghana
Challenging Heights Ghana: a family reuniting
Challenging Heights Ghana: a family reuniting
Stepping Stones, China - with our "impact" sign
Stepping Stones, China - with our "impact" sign
Meyah, Ghana - with our "impact" sign
Meyah, Ghana - with our "impact" sign

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