Oct 9, 2017

Keeping up with African Angels in South Africa

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Happy Heritage Day to South Africa from the Angels!

Student Scholarship Programme - High School Bursaries

Our grade six learners sat for the entrance exams for the Student Scholarship Programme on Saturday 16 September, where they were competing for 2019 Grade 8 high school bursaries with over 100 other hopeful candidates!  High school bursaries are like hens' teeth (rare). Wishing our Nopinkie, Eyam, Dom, Luvuyo and Linako the best of luck. 

Local Hero Award

Lou Billett our Chairperson, received a Local Hero Award this month.  Sponsored by the Daily Dispatch and Johnson and Johnson we are now in the running for the finals!  We find out at the gala dinner on 19 October.  Holding thumbs!  

Volunteer at African Angels

It is wonderful to have Debbie and Chris sat the school for three weeks until the end of term two, sharing their vast teaching experience with us.

Thank you to Chris and Debbie for not only giving of three weeks of their time, but also for forgoing farewell gifts in lieu of donations. A huge thanks to those from Lymm High School and Cheadle Catholic Junior School who donated so generously! We are overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness. 

African Angels Parent Representatives

African Angels has amazing parents.  Meet Nokupumla and Nomakwezi - our parent representatives on our Board.  Nokupumla is the mother of Awonke in Grade 7 and is the Grade R teacher at Chintsa East Primary School.  Nomakwezi is mom to Alizwa and is a house manager for African Heartland Journeys and Volunteer Africa.  Both these ladies are super important to make sure our parents' views are heard.


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The amazing Penny is at it again!  Harcourts invites you to ride the 72 km Kwelera to Kei Mouth with our team on 25 November 2017, to raise awareness and funds for the African Angels Independent School.

Recycling Workshop

African Angels sponsored Singakwenza, a non profit who teaches parents how to make toys from waste materials, to Chintsa in August.  The parents who attended really enjoyed their session!

Chintsa East  has been fortunate to have Marlene and her Buckaroo team, in conjunction with the SPCA, visiting Chintsa recently.  Over 90 dogs have been spayed, many kennels provided and kilos of cat and dog food donated.  Thank you to Marlene, Buckaroo and the SPCA East London.

110 kids attend African Angels 40 kids, or 36% of all students have their school fees sponsored. We have 8 monthly donors who contribute on a recurring basis to the Angels - a 37% increase since the beginning of September. Our operating budget is R2.4m per annum. 82% is spent on our teachers' salaries, who educate, love and care for our kids.

African Angels Beach Walk

Saturday 21 October 2017 - Join African Angels on their annual Chintsa East to Chefani and return beach walk. 
The walk starts (and ends) at the Chintsa East beach carpark at 8.30am.   Registration is on the day from 7.30am. R20 per person with all proceeds being donated to African Angels Independent School. Come join the Angels on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! 

We are loving our kids' natural hair styles.

Grade 1 loved their outing to the Lion Park this term.

A huge thank you to Selborne Primary for collecting glue sticks for the Angels, saving us 1000's of randelas!

Our next art work into the mail as part of our GlobalGiving Visual Arts Arts campaign to thank our donors! Ahlumile is so proud! Her favourite food is ... carrots!!!

The incredible Wild Women on the Run held their trivia night on Saturday to raise funds for the Angels and Bus Fare babies. We are so grateful for this long standing partnership. #wildwomenontherun


Grade 7 went to the Belgravia Art Centre art exhibition this month where some of their work was entered.. thanks to Lynne for mounting and hanging their work!

All our individual sponsors of our kids.
Donations in Kind
Hudson Primary School
Selborne Primary School
Selborne Primary school parents (glue sticks)
Lilyfontein Primary School
Maclears Stationers 


About African AngelsAfrican Angels Independent School is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, through providing quality primary school education for some of the most disadvantaged children in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Our mission is to provide a quality primary school education for children who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Our vision is to see each child reach their full potential,  and grow into fine South African citizens.
The school was established in 2012 and has over 100 learners aged 6 – 14 years. 

We provide a well-rounded education; creating an environment that is conducive to learning;  supporting our vision that every child reaches their full potential.

Our children live in two nearby townships, and on surrounding farms just outside East London in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.   All the children come from circumstances where they experience significant  socioeconomic disadvantage. We partner with parents in the education of their child.   Our parents are active members of the school community.
“A person is a person because of people.”
 African Angels is a registered non profit organisation, with tax deductible status under Section 18(a) of the Income Tax Act in South Africa.


Oct 9, 2017

Chintsa East Community Learning Centre is open!

Children waiting to register
Children waiting to register

We are delighted to announce that on Thursday 5 October 2017 the Chintsa East Community Learning centre opened, and over 100 people from the Chintsa community registered their details for the computer lab.  We believe that connecting the children, youth and adults of Chintsa is so important, that even though our project is far from fully funded, we must open regardless and bring the centre alive.  

You are already an important part of making this centre a reality for the people of Chintsa.  Please take the time to share this newsletter far and wide and encourage others to support digital and computer literacy for Chintsa today.

Thank you.

Registering online via a Google survey
Registering online via a Google survey
Registering via a paper survey in Xhosa
Registering via a paper survey in Xhosa


Aug 28, 2017

African Angels visit Belgravia Art Centre

Indiphile and Lutho visit Belgravia
Indiphile and Lutho visit Belgravia

Our grade 7 class have been lucky enough to have superb art classes this year with Lynne Farrenkothen, a local graphic designer, who volunteers once a week at African Angels.  The kids have learnt and experienced a wide range of art techniques, including batik, self portraits and sculpting.  Lynne mounted and hung some of the Grade 7 works at the recent Belgravia Art Centre in East London.  The learners visited the exhibition this August and were delighted to see some of their works hung.  Indiphile Velebay's self portrait was awarded a gold.  

Our visual arts studio is now refurbished and is being used by the learners for their art lessons.  Thank you for your incredible donation to support art for the African Angels.  We were lucky enough to have a member of the Global Giving team visit the school and the studio in July, to verify the work that we are doing.

African Angels has just launched their 200 Club that we hope will see 200 supporters making monthly recurring donations to support the work of the African Angels Independent School.  Please spread the word about this campaign and recurring donations can be made through the Global Giving African Angels Independent School project page.

To become more self funded, African Angels has launched the African Angels Budget Accommodation where the hostel facilities at the school can be hired for school and church camps.  Early interest in the accommodation has been encouraging and we hope this will make the school more self sustaining.

Thank you again for supporting African Angels.  We will keep you updated on our progress and latest initiatives.

Lou, the team at African Angels, and the Angels themselves.


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