Sep 17, 2018

Children's Literacy & Youth Jobs - Sept Update

New Library Legos
New Library Legos

We are proud to announce the launch of a NEW library in our Children's Literacy initiative! With sponsorship from Breadline Africa & the Shout Foundation, we now have a brand new library at Fumisukoma Primary School in Motherwell. Fumisukoma has 1,500 children attending daily, so we'll have an army of new readers on the way :).

To accomodate the new library, we have hired an additional 10 youth from the community to run our one-on-one literacy sessions with children. We continue to empower our local communities to uplift themselves, hiring and training our local youth to teach, guide, and inspire our local children.

The literacy sessions continue to happen all day, every day. Providing children with the customised, personalised individual attention that they each need to truly excel. Many children sit with 50 other children in the classroom, so our sessions are the one opportunity they receive to really be listened to and taught.

We currently have 510 children on the program, though we are adding more every day. Furthermore, we have created 29 local jobs for previously unemployed youth. The self pride, development, and of course income that comes with these jobs makes a big difference in all 29 families.

We'll keep you posted as we build additional libraries and develop our literacy centers. We plan to launch of bunch of fundraisers in the coming year to ensure as many children as possible are receiving assistance.

A sincere 'thank you' for contributing towards the children's futures. You are making a difference that will be felt for many years.

Jim

New Library Game Table
New Library Game Table
New Fumisukoma Library
New Fumisukoma Library

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May 14, 2018

2018 Q1 Project Update

Girls in the House Learn to Ride the Bikes
Girls in the House Learn to Ride the Bikes

2018 has been off to a fantastic start! We currently have over 180 girls enrolled at Nelson Mandela University and are working hard to ensure they have all the support they need to succeed.

We recently moved 10 new students into our Masinyusane House of Excellence. In total, 12 girls receive free housing, food, mentoring, and access to computers.

The students not in the house continue to receive bus stipends, textbooks, tuition, and more.

Your support means the world to these girls. They would not be at university without the incredible generosity of people like yourselves.

On behalf of all of them, we say a big 'Thank You'!

Sincerely,

Jim

Buying Groceries for the Girls
Buying Groceries for the Girls
Masinyusane Textbook Day!
Masinyusane Textbook Day!
May 14, 2018

Children's Literacy Update

Literacy Sessions
Literacy Sessions

2018 if off to a great start with our Children's Literacy initiatives. We continue to run customised, one-on-one or one-on-two literacy sessions with children in our libraries, all day, every day. The children, aged 5 to 10, continue to make fantastic progress.

In our our reading initiatives, our libraries have rolled out some new reading competitions, book clubs, and after-school activities. We are teaching children to borrow books (something that never happens here) to take home, treasure, read with their parents, and bring back to the school.

We also recently hosted a giant book day celebration where we distributed over 800 books to children and their parents. Parents got to hear some of our best children read stories and show off their new language skills.

Reading changes lives and we thank you for being a part of investing in our children's education and futures.

Very sincerely,

The entire Masinyusane team

Book Day Celebration
Book Day Celebration
 
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