May 31, 2018

Newly Funded Preschool Due to YOUR Support

Nomsa and one of the children to attends Blessings
Nomsa and one of the children to attends Blessings

CHOSA was recently able to add another project to our list of partner organisations who we support with unrestricted monthly grants. We are proud to be able to begin funding Blessings Educare Centre located in Delft, Cape Town. We know this will allow Blessings to continue to grow and expand in order to provide preschool education to the children of the local community. Your continuous support of CHOSA's work has allowed this dream to become a reality.

After building a relationship with Blessings in 2016, CHOSA began working with the preschool to find a safe spacious location for the school to grow, after quickly outgrowing the small apartment that initially housed the program. After transitioning out of the apartment and across the street to an open plot, Blessings has grown into the main preschool in the local community. They now have over 100 children receiving care and love on a daily basis from the kind staff at Blessings.

With ambitions of expanding Blessings program from a preschool into also including an after school program to keep children safe after school before their parents arrive home from work, the founder and principal of Blessings, Nomsa, is continuously working hard to create a positive space in her community for the children who also call it home. We believe that the addition of CHOSA's unrestricted grant to Blessings operations will allow her to further expand the current programming she is able to offer, as well as increase staffing to allow the vision of an after school program become a reality. We cannot wait to see where Blessings will go from here!

Mar 5, 2018

Community Driven Solutions for Change

Lego building time
Lego building time

2018 has gotten off to a soaring start for Children of South Africa. With the beginning of a new school year here in South Africa, we have new children enrolled at our partner preschools, an additional school we are supporting by way of the Thope Foundation, and a children’s home making progress on purchasing a new plot of land. And this is just the beginning of what our partner organisations plan to accomplish in the upcoming months. We have high hopes for all that our partner projects are continuing to do to improve the lives for the children of South Africa.

Most recently, CHOSA is proud of the work of the Thope Foundation, who launched their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) school for girls in January, called Molo Mhlaba. This school provides a safe learning environment for girls from underserved communities to be exposed to technology from their reception into school. At Molo Mhlaba girls are taught to code computers, play with legos, and read books in both English and their various African home languages. With an extended school day running from 7 AM to 4 PM, the school makes sure that children are educationally stimulated and looked after during the hours that their parents are at work.

The idea of Molo Mhlaba stemmed from the Thope Foundation’s work in after-school programming, which provides girls with exposure to technology through learning about robotics and coding, while also participating in life skills sessions, and educational support in English, math, and science. Realising the many benefits that came from this after-school programme and the positive impact it was having on the lives of the participating girls, the Thope Foundation decided that such programming should also be accessible to younger girls, and this is where the idea of creating a primary school for girls focusing on STEM began.

Today, CHOSA is excited to continue to partner with the Thope Foundation and Molo Mhlaba as we believe they exemplify the imperative of generating community driven solutions to the problems that currently face the children of South Africa. We strive to keep discovering more local initiatives like the Thope Foundation, and our other CHOSA partner organisations, which seeks to improve the lives of children from within the community.

We also want to offer continued thanks for all of your support along the way, to make grassroots programmes like this possible. Your generosity allows for CHOSA to be able to identify, support, and fund these such initiatives which most directly improve the lives of children growing up in South Africa. Thank you!

Girls during fantasy play time
Girls during fantasy play time
Dec 6, 2017

Nursing graduates and gardening fun at CHOSA!

Ntombi, Philani Staff Nurse
Ntombi, Philani Staff Nurse

Meet Ntombi - the first in her family to obtain a higher education. She is one of 9 women who, through scholarships funded by CHOSA's Philani Family Fund, have lifted themselves out of poverty and become nurses. Since graduating this year, Ntombi has started working for a Philani program that focuses on tracking the health, development, and weight of babies and toddlers, enrolling them in a special program to combat malnourishment when needed. Staff nurses like Ntombi visit pregnant mothers in their homes, and continue visits until the child is 5. In a region with the world's highest rates of HIV, fetal alcohol syndrome, and low birth weight, these early interventions are crucial. CHOSA is honored to partner with these nursing graduates who have risen above their circumstances and are determined to make an impact in their communities.

Ntombi says this of her experience: "CHOSA supported us in going into this profession, because before there was no direction of how we were able to climb the mountain of education. CHOSA's support was like a mother and father. If CHOSA were not here in Philani, our lives would not be like this. It has uplifted and lightened up our lives. Now I have a name; now I am not just Ntombi, I'm Staff Nurse Ntombi."

CHOSA has also been excited to witness the continued growth of one of our longstanding partners, Abaphumeleli Home of Safety, this year. "Abaph" serves 33 children who have either been abused, neglected, or have suffered the loss of a parent. Many have been malnourished, and some are HIV positive, but all have found hope and a warm, loving home at Abaph. The home has grown significantly in the past year, bringing 7 new children into their care, and adding a room (a renovated shipping container, pictured below) which is dedicated to quiet, after-school homework time. 

Abaph has also started a garden on the property where they grow healthy and nutritious vegetables for the kids to eat. Township Farmers, a new organization which received a once-off grant from CHOSA, has partnered with Abaph and several of our other projects in this endeavor. As the kids learn a new skill and gain appreciation for the environment, Abaph is creating their own source of food that will help the home become even more self-sustaining.

As we prepare for 2018, we are encouraged by the community members with whom we partner. Their tireless work in serving the children in their care is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Thank you for supporting them through CHOSA!

Abaphumeleli's new homework hub
Abaphumeleli's new homework hub
Abaphumeleli's vegetable garden
Abaphumeleli's vegetable garden

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