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
Nov 26, 2018

Celebrating thankfulness with our partners!

The holiday season has arrived, and here in Cape Town, we are also celebrating the end of a phenomenal school year! The children at the preschools and children's homes with whom we partner are the reason we exist, and we are excited to be marking this special time of year with graduation ceremonies, outings, and other celebrations. Here's a snippet of what we've been up to and what we're thankful for during this season of love, family, and gratitude.

  • All three of our preschools are currently celebrating their "graduates" as they prepare to move on to Grade R (Kindergarten)! Ubuhle Babantwana just held a graduation ceremony 2 weeks ago for their 10 students who are moving ahead. Blessings Educare is preparing to celebrate their 37 graduates on December 1st. QQ Section preschool took a special year-end field trip to Cape Town's famed V&A Waterfront to congratulate their littles ones on a job well done. All three of these projects look forward to welcoming precious new students in the new year, thanks to the support of our donors.
  • This month also marks the end of a successful first year for Molo Mhlaba, the STEM-focused elementary school founded by our partners, Thope Foundation. We are proud to lend our support to this one-of-a-kind all-girls school in Khayelitsha, which educated 38 pre-K girls in its first year.
  • The children's homes with whom we partner continue to thrive as well. Two of the older girls at Bathandwa began serving as assistant teachers in the township this year, after graduating high school. Through this opportunity, they have received funding for college and have registered for the 2019 school year! 

We are grateful for your support in making all of this happen, and we'd like to share with you a few other things that our staff, our partners, and the children we serve are thankful for during this holiday season.

  • I am thankful for Molo Mhlaba, it’s a school for little girls. I am thankful for Rethabile, the founder, for opening the girls school. We are very very thankful. — Nasiwe, teacher at Molo Mhlaba
  • My senses at work, my eyes I use to look and see all the pretty things that surround me. My ears to catch each tiny sound we make and the sound that is all around. My tongue can talk, can taste, can sing about each wonderful new thing. My finger can point, my hand can touch, my nose can smell.” — Pre-K student at Blessings Educare
  • I’m thankful for being alive. And I’m thankful to my team for supporting me. And I’m thankful to the projects for allowing us to work with them and I’m thankful for CHOSA to give me this opportunity. Last but not least, I’m thankful to my father for being a mother and father to me, to raise this wonderful person, me!” — Zukie, CHOSA staff
  • I am thankful for being a teacher of Kindergarten kids because they are very nice, they are humble kids and I love them because there is more potential I can get from them. They are very friendly and they are good listeners actually. I love them too much.” — Nonkosazana, teacher at Blessings Educare 

Check out our Thankfulness video to hear more voices from Cape Town! All the best to you and yours during this festive season.

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Aug 27, 2018

Successful Preschool Fundraiser

Some of the children who attend Ubuhle Babantwana
Some of the children who attend Ubuhle Babantwana

One of CHOSA’s partner organizations, Ubuhle Babantwana (which means “beautiful children” in isiXhosa) recently held a successful fundraiser to get their community involved in supporting their work of educating local children. Held on August 9, which was Women’s Day in South Africa, they hosted guests from the local community to come and join in the fun of a preschool pageant. The children had been practicing for the pageant weeks before, and did a great job showing off all that they learned on the day. A crowning of Mr. and Ms. Ubuhle wrapped up the successful day and celebrated the power of grassroots community education structures.

CHOSA loves seeing our partner organizations host fundraising events like this, because it is at the core of our mission to develop and build sustainable local organizations that take their own initiative to construct strong community based programs which support South African children. What also makes fundraising events like Ubuhle Babantwana’s special is that the rest of the CHOSA community of partner organizations we work with is so supportive. While this fundraising event was for Ubuhle Babantwana, most of the other local projects that CHOSA works with and supports with grants also came to attend and support the fundraising efforts. This shows the camaraderie and team spirit that is built across CHOSA’s network, and the special bond that community based organizations have, understanding the journey through vision to growth and impact. CHOSA continues to celebrate our partner organizations and is incredibly proud of the initiatives they have taken to expand their own sustainability to drive change within their own communities to generate positive outcomes for South African children.

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