Oct 21, 2019

Children's Education Update

Child in Library
Child in Library

You have helped make our Children’s Education and Youth Jobs initiative a great success through the first 9 months of 2019.

The project is pioneering an innovative approach of empowering a community to improve the education of its own children.

Our mission is two-fold:

(a) to provide opportunities for children in the Port Elizabeth townships to get a high quality education, discover and develop talents, and to grow towards their potential.

(b) to empower the community to uplift itself by creating jobs for previously unemployed youth to work in their own community’s primary school.

We are proud to report that we are on pace to achieve all of our project objectives. We have successfully hired and trained 46 local unemployed youth. These 46 young people are currently working with 543 children in our Children’s Literacy initiative.

The children are often packed into classrooms with 40 or more learners, making it impossible for the teacher to provide the individual attention a child needs to learn. Our sessions provide that individual attention, for an hour at a time, and are customised to be working with the child on their level. We have partnerships with some of the best literacy organisations in the country: Wordworks, Shine Literacy and Breadline Africa.

The methodologies are backed by a decade of research and measured impact. We are thrilled to see the results over the first 9 months and highlight many of the successes in the pages that follow.

Your generosity has also allowed us to make significant investments into the infrastructure of multiple primary schools. We have built an entirely new Literacy Centre and upgraded the school kitchen at Fumisukoma Primary School in Motherwell. We have also renovated the libraries, both indoors and outdoors, at Ben Sinuka Primary School and Seyisi Primary School. Finally, we have just finished construction of a new pilot Literacy Center at Isaac Booi Primary School. Masinyusane continues to pioneer an Educational Technology Centre at Seyisi Primary School and Fumisukoma Primary School. These offer children the opportunity to become computer literate and learn from some of the best software and educational apps in the world.

We also continue to run an array of extracurricular programmes providing children with the opportunities to discover and develop talents that they possess outside of the classroom.

All in all, the first 9 months of 2019 have been a great success. This is highlighted by the team logging over 18,000 hours of customised literacy sessions with the children. South Africa possesses one of the lowest literacy rates on both the continent of Africa and in the world at large. For too long, the children here were robbed of their future before it even began. You are helping us to change that story.

We trust you will be inspired by the stories that follow and thank you sincerely for your support and investment into the community.

Children Learning On Tablets
Children Learning On Tablets
Children in Literacy Centre
Children in Literacy Centre

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Jun 19, 2019

Meet Our 2019 Graduates!

Girls Graduate 2
Girls Graduate 2

We are very proud to share that 29 of our girls graduated this May.

They are now one step closer towards employment and the empowerment that comes with that to begin lifting one's family out of poverty. It's no exaggeration to say that their families' lives will be forever changed.

Their degrees range from Law to Engineering to the Humanities. Many of them have jobs lined up and we'll be sharing some stories about the next chapter in their lives in the futures.

In the meantime, Masinyusane hosted graduation parties for all of the graduates and their families. It's impossible to describe all of the emotions: Pride. Joy. Disbelief. Excitement. Gratitude.

Many speeches were given. While Masinyusane was receiving all of the 'thanks' from the parents, it is really YOU who made this possible. It has been such a long journey with these young women and that would not have been possibly without the incredible generosity and support of so many of you.

You have helped make these girls dreams come true.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jim, Fiks & The Girls

Girls Graduate 3
Girls Graduate 3
Girls Graduate 4
Girls Graduate 4
Girls Graduate 4
Girls Graduate 4

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Jun 6, 2019

Children's Literacy 2019

Grade 2 Literacy Sessions
Grade 2 Literacy Sessions

We are excited to report that our Children’s Literacy initiative is firing on all cylinders. We have 504 children across four schools receiving our customised, intimate literacy sessions.

These sessions provide the children, aged 5-9, with the academic foundation in reading, writing & comprehension that they need to succeed in school. Given that many children have 40-50 children in their classroom, our sessions are the only time they receive individual attention.

We are proud to share that we recently launched a new library / literacy centre at Isaac Booi Primary School in Zwide. This is only possible due to the generosity of people like yourselves. While it’s just a pilot project today, we are hoping to host a fundraising soon to be able to grow / expand to include more children there. The school has 950 children attending and we are very excited to be able to provide them with the opportunities they deserve .

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone for your continued generosity. You are the invisible hero’s for these children – providing them with the gift of literacy that will unlock their potential in life.

Our deepest gratitude,

Jim

New Isaac Booi Library / Literacy Centre
New Isaac Booi Library / Literacy Centre

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