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Oct 19, 2018

LEGO Six Bricks Training in Cape Town

Participants enjoying the training
Participants enjoying the training

We are so grateful to you for supporting science and literacy programmes run by ORT SA CAPE in South Africa! During GlobalGiving's crowdfunding challenge for International Youth Week, 22 amazing people supported these programmes. Thank you to all who contributed and to all who shared this project with friends, family and colleagues!

Bev from ORT SA CAPE has given us the following updates from a recent teacher training:

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The LEGO Six Bricks training, made possible through a donation from Children’s Helpers Worldwide, took place on 10 October 2018.

Thirteen Grade R [Reception Year] to Grade 3 teachers attended from Zonnebloem Boys’ Primary School, Zonnebloem Girls’ Primary and Holy Cross Primary School. The schools are located in the former District Six. District Six was a multi working-class area just off the centre of Cape Town, before being torn apart by the apartheid regime during the sixties and seventies, which included forced removals of non- white residents. In the last 20 years, former residents have started moving back to the area.

The participants arrived at the workshop after a long day in the classroom, and it was encouraging that as soon as the workshop started they became vibrant and participatory. The workshop was practical and therefore the participants were encouraged to have fun with the LEGO bricks so that they knew what to do when they went back to school.

The teachers were excited to find out that so many skills including improving concentration, improving memory, fine motor, perceptual, gross motor, body awareness, colours, laterality, amongst others, can be taught and developed using Six Bricks. The Grade R teachers were particularly happy to find out that Six Bricks activities can make teaching fun in their classrooms.

The teachers were very happy to be receiving resources for their classrooms. They left the training feeling enthusiastic about implementing what they had learned. They are also looking forward to supports visits from ORT SA CAPE.

Below is feedback from one of the schools:

"On behalf of Holy Cross Primary. Thank you very much for the workshop yesterday. Indeed, a learning experience for all the participants. Please convey our appreciation and gratitude to our facilitator Theresa for her vibrancy and her passion for training teachers and her knowledge about the young child. God bless.’’ -- Carlene

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By supporting teacher training like this, your contributions will help to improve the quality of education received by children in many classrooms! A massive thank you for your support for ORT SA CAPE's important work and for improving education for disadvantaged children in Cape Town.

Aug 23, 2018

Thank you for supporting Children in Romania their Health and Education

Nuta, who attends the tutoring programme
Nuta, who attends the tutoring programme

Thank you very much for supporting Refugiu's tutoring programme in Romania, through CHW's page on GlobalGiving! Your support is making a big difference for the children. 

Robert, the Head of Refugiu has given the following updates: 

At the tutoring programme, the children in the younger group have been learning their colours, shapes and letters. They are all doing well and making progress. As well as being helped with the subjects they take at school, the children and teenagers in the older group have been learning about good behaviour in public and in society. 

Refugiu also assists children with hospital visits if they fall ill. Over the summer, one little girl, Amalia, hurt her hand, and it needed to have a plaster cast, so Refugiu made sure Amalia could go to the hospital. A little boy, Romi, broke his leg. Sara Andreea, a baby girl in the village, also needed hospital treatment and Refugiu was able to help. 

When children reach the age of fourteen in Romania, they are supposed to get a National Identity Card. In the village, some of the families struggle with getting these issued and Refugiu helped around five young people to obtain their Identity Cards over the past couple of months. 

Refugiu continues to distribute food to some of the families of children who attend the tutoring programme and we are grateful to CHW's supporters who make this possible. 

One teenager who attends the tutoring programme, Nuta, is thirteen years old. She will be going into eighth grade in September. She has attended the programme for a few years and has made real progress. Robert says, "When I started the programme with her, she only knew a few letters. She now knows how to read. At first, she did not know simple maths excercises, like how to do addition and subtraction, but now she can do multiplication!" Robert says that Nuta is a good child, but does not get much support from her parents with her education. It is great then, that she has received this much-needed extra support from Refugiu's tutoring programme. 

As well as making sure that the tutoring programme can continue, your contributions will also ensure that the children have clothes and stationery for the new school year in September and that Refugiu will have firewood to keep the classroom warm in the winter. 

A massive thank you for all your help and support for the children and young people at Refugiu's programme!

Ready to start a tutoring session!
Ready to start a tutoring session!
At a tutoring session
At a tutoring session
Concentrating on their work
Concentrating on their work
Snack time for the younger group!
Snack time for the younger group!
Distribution of food to the families
Distribution of food to the families
Aug 13, 2018

Your support made a big impact at a project in Ghana!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Thank you very much for supporting this project, the "Impact Fund". Your help makes it possible to really assist children and young people at our partner organisations, especially when there are urgent or unexpected needs. Without your support, it would be much more difficult for CHW to respond quickly.

New Life runs a children's home and school in Ghana and it was the first organisation that CHW linked with. New Life does wonderful work to support disadvantaged children and young people at the home, school and in the wider community. Your recent contributions have been such a huge help for them.

Derrick, Jackie and James at New Life have shared updates on the situations of some of the children and young people they are helping.

Isaac grew up at New Life's home. He is studying Mechanical Engineering in Cape Coast and is going into his third and final year. One of CHW's corporate supporters sponsored his tuition fees and school materials. New Life asked if CHW could provide a stipend to cover Isaac's food. Your contributions have helped to make this possible.

Dora also grew up at New Life's home. She is taking a three-year vocational course to learn how to do sewing and to make decorations for wedding and engagement functions. Her course fees were sponsored by one of CHW's supporters. A recent change in Dora's living situation left her struggling to buy food. The Impact Fund has helped CHW to be able to provide a stipend for Dora's food as well. This extra support will allow her to continue to focus on her course.

Elizabeth, aged two, lives in a village near New Life's school, with her mother and her mother's family. Her parents are teenagers and her mother would like to return to high school. New Life wants to offer Elizabeth a place at its nursery, as well as help with some of her basic needs. This will allow Elizabeth to have a good start to her education and will also enable her mother to finish high school, which means they will both have a brighter future ahead of them. We received some contributions to support Elizabeth, and the Impact Fund has allowed us to be able to help with these costs for the next six months. We are very grateful to you for your support.

Finally, heavy rain caused damage and blew the electrical light device at the children's home, leaving the home without electricity. This was definitely an unexpected need that suddenly arose, and thanks to your support, CHW was able to quickly and effectively respond and send funds for a new device the next day, which is great for all the children living in the home.

Thank you for believing in this project and for your kindness and generosity. As you can see, your help is having a direct impact on the lives of children and young people and you are truly making a difference.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Isaac
Isaac
Dora learning to make a flower arrangement
Dora learning to make a flower arrangement
Derrick, Jackie & Caroline & the Impact Fund sign
Derrick, Jackie & Caroline & the Impact Fund sign
James and Ellen with the Impact Fund sign
James and Ellen with the Impact Fund sign
 
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