Aug 21, 2019

Blessings New Additions

Blessings property before
Blessings property before

Our partner organization, Blessings Educare Centre, who has been working with CHOSA since 2017, was recently gifted a container and additional stand alone classroom building. These additional classroom buildings will help create a more conducive early childhood learning environment for the children of Delft. Before this, Blessings was operating out of a small wooden classroom and two containers, but due to their continuously growing enrollment rates, they have quickly outgrown this space.

Hosting children from the ages of 0 to 6, Blessings has a baby class, 3-4 year old class, and 5-6 year old kindergarten class that prepares them for their entry into primary school just down the road. Blessings currently provides early childhood development services to 126 children coming from the surrounding neighborhood. So you can only imagine how cramped the kids were before this generous addition to their property.

CHOSA’s involvement with Blessings has helped their leadership demand more for the children in their community, helping them believe in their own abilities to create positive change in the face of challenging circumstances. This, in turn, has led to their classroom expansions and the addition of after school services, with more ideas in the pipelines. The gift of these additional classrooms provides continuous affirmation of the great work that Blessings is doing for the children of Delft.

With construction nearly complete on the classroom building, and the container classroom already decorated with tables, chairs and a daily schedule, CHOSA can’t wait to see Blessings fully moved in and operational with their new spaces in the coming few weeks!

Container classroom addition to Blessings
Container classroom addition to Blessings
Interior of the new container classroom
Interior of the new container classroom
New classroom building at Blessings
New classroom building at Blessings
May 23, 2019

Meet our Intern-Andiswa

Our newest intern, Andiswa, shares a little bit about her experience as a CHOSA intern:

"The purpose of an internship is to develop real work experience, and so far I am having a great experience with CHOSA. As a CHOSA intern, I am able to explore my interests and gain opportunities to work with different communities, and people from different backgrounds. So far I have learned a lot of new things about how I can apply my knowledge in public relations to the nonprofit sector to really make a positive difference.

Being tasked with managing social media, I have learned how my reach can communicate CHOSA's work to broader audiences. It's been so cool to share the amazing work of CHOSA's partner organizations with CHOSA donors and supporters around the world. It's exciting to support our partner organizations in finding a voice for themselves beyond their local community that they work. Public relations is all about connecting people and stories, and being able to connect people to stories that are making impactful changes in the lives of children makes studying towards a career in this industry incredibly fulfilling.

So far my experience at CHOSA has helped me to improve my writing skills, and gain more independence and pride in my work. I also love being able to feel so incorporated into the rest of the CHOSA staff, they have really made me feel at home in the short time I have been with them.

As you continue to receive updates from the field with all of the great work CHOSA is doing to support and uplift community based organizations and projects that work to improve the lives of children in South Africa, please enjoy the content I'm working to help curate! Together, as we connect people, places, and projects, we collectively are doing our part to make the world a better place for all who live in it, especially the smallest amongst us."

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CHOSA thanks Andiswa for her hard work helping us grow, expand, and learn more ourselves about how we can best communicate the work CHOSA does to wider audiences, including you. Thank you for allowing us to not only improve the lives of the children of South Africa through supporting CHOSA, but also by being able to be an organization that seeks to support, guide, and educate the next generation of non-profit leaders, like Andiswa.

Feb 22, 2019

School Holiday Fun

Abaphumeleli at the beach
Abaphumeleli at the beach

Over December and January in South Africa, it is summer holiday. Graduations happen, schools close, people go on vacation, and the summer sunshine is shining bright. Things are no different for our partner organizations; it’s a time for them to send children from preschool onto primary school, allow time for home visits with biological family, prepare to welcome new children in the upcoming school year, and celebrate all they have accomplished throughout the year improving children’s lives.

 

One of our partner organizations, Abaphumeleli Home of Safety, had a great time over the holiday thanks to the return of their van, which had been undergoing repairs for nearly half of the year. With the van back in action, they were able to take the children remaining at the home for the holidays to the local beach. It was a great day out, which gave some of the youngest members of the home their first chance to touch their toes in the Indian Ocean.

 

The end of 2018 also brought exciting news from our partner organization, the Thope Foundation, who in January 2018 launched their iSTEAM (innovation, science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) primary school, Molo Mhlaba (which means Hello World in isiXhosa). Wrapping up the year with the first kindergarten graduating class, who are now moving on in the school to Grade 1, the announcement was also made that Molo Mhlaba will now be expanding into a high school. CHOSA is so excited about their mission to transform local education opportunities for girls growing up in South Africa’s townships, and we cannot wait to see where this growth and movement will propel them!

 

The staff at CHOSA also had a great holiday season, joining together with projects in our last networking event of the year to reflect, evaluate and celebrate the hard work our partner organizations have put in throughout 2018 to make it a successful year for the children we work with. It’s always great getting to have all of our partners together in one place during our quarterly networking and capacity building events; collectively, they are changing the township landscape for children. We look forward to all that is ahead for CHOSA and our partner organizations as we have now hit the ground running in 2019.

Abaphumeleli at the beach
Abaphumeleli at the beach
Molo Mhlaba's inaugural graduation
Molo Mhlaba's inaugural graduation
CHOSA end of year networking event
CHOSA end of year networking event
CHOSA end of year networking event
CHOSA end of year networking event
CHOSA end of year networking event
CHOSA end of year networking event
 
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