“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” Kahlil Gibran
African Angels has over 40 generous sponsors of children at the African Angels Independent School. These generous individuals partner with parents to reduce the financial burden of paying school fees. With the average salary of parents at the school being less than USD$220 per month, financial support is sorely needed.
To make sure that sponsors are kept updated, we have employed two young women and one young man from Chintsa to update our sponsors. In addition to gaining writing and computer skills, these fantastic folk will also earn a small daily wage. For two of them, this is the only income they earn.
Why does African Angels matter?
Poverty touches every aspect of a child’s life. In South Africa the educational system, with low-quality education for poor children as a legacy of apartheid, is one of the key mechanisms through which an unequal society replicates itself.
The low quality of education for poorer learners helps drive a cycle of poverty where children inherit their parents‘ social standing, irrespective of the own abilities or effort.
Low-quality education eventually becomes a poverty trap for poor children in South Africa, which make up 75 to 80 percent of learners.
The 2016 PIRLS results were released finding that 8 out of every 10 South African Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning. Yes. You read correctly. 8 out of 10 children cannot read for meaning. This is not a typographical error.
Where 75% - 80% of learners in the country are relegated to low quality education, because they cannot afford quality, the cycle of poverty continues.
Children who cannot read, cannot grow into adults who participate in a democracy.
African Angels is a dynamic non-profit organisation who run a school - the African Angels Independent School. We believe that providing quality education to financially disadvantaged children is the most effective way to drive social and economic change in South Africa.
African Angels steps in as the only chance for socioeconomically disadvantaged children in the rural Chintsa region in the Eastern Cape, to access quality primary school education.
For themselves. For their families. For South Africa.
Your support of African Angels gives our children a future. Thank you.
The Angels and their teachers are now taking a well earned break and we hope that you are too. Our school is closed until the second week of January, and we are busy doing maintenance, and preparing to welcome 134 children back in 2018.
We have had a remarkable year of achievements at the school, and say farewell to our first graduating Grade 7 class as they go onto their high school careers. Our end of year prize giving had a traditional Xhosa theme and it was a joyous occasion.
From all of us at the school we wish you safe and happy holidays and we'll be in touch in 2018.
Love from Lou and the Angels.