Jul 10, 2017

African Angels Independent School Mandela Day Activities 18 July 2017

Petro Taljaard, Baso Mthembu, Zandie Rwaxa Makaula from Aurecon at African Angels paying it forward on a past Mandela Day.  

Join African Angels for Mandela Day 2017 in South Africa!

Come and give your 67 minutes this Mandela Day (18 July) with African Angels as they undertake their most ambitious Mandela Day ever! Two different Chintsa East locations with varying volunteering tasks, and a colouring in compo!

We are inviting individuals, companies and business, schools and families to pay it forward with the Angels on the 2017 Mandela Day.      

African Angels, a local non profit organisation, works in the East Coast Resorts area, just outside East London, and is committed to providing quality primary school education via the African Angels Independent School.  

New to 2017, the Angels, and their partners are installing a community located, container based, computer hub and book exchange smack bang in middle of the Chintsa East village dubbed the Chintsa East Community Learning Centre.

For schools we are also running our popular Mandela Day Colouring in competition again.

African Angels Independent School 9am - 2pm

Bring your friends and family to the African Angels Independent School and help with the following indoor activities. Hostel painting (indoor / max 10 ppl).  Sorting donations and books(indoor / max 6ppl).  Computer maintenance (indoor / max 2 ppl).  Tiling 3 shower floors, erecting shower curtain rails (indoor / max 6 ppl).

Chintsa East Community Learning Centre 7am - 2pm

Flip the switch at the HUB in Chintsa East Township. Join community members to ...  Sort and shelve over 2000 reading books (indoor / max 10 ppl).  Dig and plantthe succulent garden (outdoor / max 20 ppl).  Paint the containers(outdoor / max 10 ppl).  Roof construction and building a bottle brick wall can be done prior to Mandela Day.

Colouring In Comp.  Entries close Mon 15 August.

Have your class colour in for Mandela Day! Download our Mandela Day colouring in compo, decide on the entry fee and go wild.The Angels love RED twisties and crayons. Please ask for a red twistie or crayon with the colouring entry fee.

Are you interested?

Please contact us to participate, or make a donation through the Global Giving site for materials that can be used on the day.

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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.


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
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