Jul 10, 2017

July 2017 - Chintsa East Community Learning Centre update

Chintsa East Community Learning Centre Facility
Chintsa East Community Learning Centre Facility

Knowledge is power.  Power for all.

Quick facts:

63.1% of South African youth aged 15-24 years are unemployed.

58% of South African children - do not learn to read for meaning in any language by the end of Grade 4.

89.2% of schools in the
Eastern Cape have no computer laboratory.

91.6% of schools in the
Eastern Cape have no library. 

African Angels is a non profit organisation that is disrupting the inequality that exists in today's South Africa.  Focusing on providing educational opportunity to children 6 - 13 years at the African Angels Independent School, African Angels is now expanding its impact.  

In partnership with the local Chintsa East community, the local municipality, another local non profit organisation, Friends of Chintsa, and a local business Express Petroluem, the Angels are implementing the Chintsa East Community Learning Centre. Right in the middle of the township.

The Chintsa East Community Learning Centre is a community located, container based, computer lab and book exchange in Chintsa East township.  Chintsa East is a rural area on the East Coast of South Africa.  

Chintsa East is a small seaside village, located in a semi-rural  area some 41km from East London.  It lies within the boundaries of the Great Kei Municipality, and demonstrates the economic disparity found so often in today’s South Africa. 

On the sea facing side of the village are well built, large houses, tarred roads with street lights, well-maintained public spaces, beach access, shops, bars, and several locally owned tourism businesses. 

On the ‘other’ side of the hill is the Chintsa East location, containing approximately 100 Government build houses, and over 325 shacks.  Access roads are not tarred, there are no street lights, rubbish collection is ad hoc, there is one poorly functioning Government School, no health clinic, no police station, no social services, and over 17 illegal and legal shebeens.  All of the residents in the location are of Xhosa (African) background.  Employment is found as domestic workers, labourers, waitresses, chefs, housemaids/cleaners in local businesses.  Some residents own and operate their own businesses, for example, a small shop, a tavern, or laundry.

The first phase of the centre will provide:

  • the ability to access a computer and printer for CV development and job applications
  • registration to school or university 
  • access to education, information and knowledge via sites like BookBoon, Khan Academy, Code School and Connect to Learn
  • opportunities to participate in international technology events like 'Hour of Code' and 'Scratch Day'
  • after school support and curriculum extension opportunities (particularly STEM)
  • financial education and online banking
  • personal development in communication, problem solving, learning and collaboration
  • empowerment and access to the world outside of the limitations of poverty and hopelessness
  • shared homework and meeting space.

Donate now to support the operation of the Centre and connect over 10 000 disadvantaged people to the internet.

Children at African Angels using the internet.
Children at African Angels using the internet.
African Angels after school reading project
African Angels after school reading project
Learning centre offerings.
Learning centre offerings.

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Jun 5, 2017

May Art at African Angels

Self portrait collage - Yonela
Self portrait collage - Yonela

Thanks to your donations, we are forging ahead delivering visual arts lessons to the children at African Angels.  

Our Grade 7 class has been fortunate to have weekly lessons from Lynne Farrenkothen, a talented graphic designed with a love for children.  Having our visual arts space dedicated to art has been amazing.  Although we are still renovating, it is wonderful to have the art resources that let the children create.  

One of our learners in Grade 7 who struggles with academics is shining in the visual arts classes, and last term received top marks. What a confidence builder for him.

Wherever possible we enter the childrens' work in local South African and international art competitions so that the children might gain more recognition for doing something they clearly love.  

Thank you for donating to our visual arts project.  We have not yet hit our target for this project, but we are close and have received two new donations in the last 48 hours!  

Lou and the Angels x

Flowers - Hlomla
Flowers - Hlomla
Self portrait - Indie
Self portrait - Indie
Mar 27, 2017

African Angels Art Work Chosen

Our crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds to for art classes and an art space at African Angels.  Your donation will be used to achieve that this year.  But we thought you might like to hear about two of our learners whose work has already been chosen for entry to two prestigious art competitions.

Oyama (below) has been with African Angels since he started school.  He is the middle of three boys, and all the boys in the family are known for their outstanding manners and gentleness.  Oyama has been taking 'art' as part of his normal curriculum, and this month, his painting has been selected to represent South Africa in the 48th World Schools art exhibition held annually in the Republic of China.

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Owethu from Grade R (below) has had her picture selected to travel to Cape Town next term to compete in the prestigious Santam Art Exhibition

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Now imagine what the African Angels will achieve if they have access to quality art supplies and an art space? Watch this space!

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Angels.  If you'd like to be added to our mailing list to receive monthly updates on what the Angels are up to please let Lou Billett know via email loukbillett@gmail.com

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Lou

 
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