Jul 11, 2014

Meet Jamie-Lee

Jamie-Lee
Jamie-Lee

Jamie-Lee is one of the children we are now able to help, thanks to your generous support.  Born on December 7, 2009, she is in the Froggies Class at Philippi Children's Centre.  Jamie-Lee's mother died and despite efforts to contact him, her father is not involved, so she lives with relatives in a shack at the farm where they work.

Despite such challenges at a young age, Jamie-Lee is independent and outspoken and interacts well with her peers.  Her favorite activities include painting, cutting and pasting - anything creative.  "The biggest impact on her is being fed at the beginning of the school day," says her teacher Denise. Like many of the children who attend Philippi Children's Centre, Jamie-Lee comes to school hungry and the nutrition she receives during the school day is critical for her health and development.

The scholarships you support include transportation for children like Jamie-Lee, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be in a nurturing environment during the school day.  If not for you, she would likely be bored and unsupervised and possibly in danger.  

We deeply appreciate your commitment to our cause and look forward to sharing updates with you in the future.    

May 29, 2014

Phase One Completed!

Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Completion

Phase one of the Philippi Children's Centre is officially complete!

The successful completion of this phase highlights the power inherent in effective collaboration between multiple stakeholders and the commitment of these stakeholders for the children of Philippi.  To date, more than $300,000 in donations and donations in-kind have been invested in the buildings and renovation and we are thrilled to have done our part.  

The components of Phase one were:

  • Renovated kitchen
  • Library
  • 5 classrooms
  • 1 office
  • Educational Playground
  • Principal’s Cottage

Your donations helped to fund the construction of a classroom and scholarships for the students.

Project Manager Kissmea Adams said, "our hope is that the Philippi Children’s Centre will develop into an example of existing best practices in Early Childhood Development and serve as a resource for other schools in the area.  We are so grateful to our donors for their support.  With the completion of the building facilities, the PCC managment committee is currently improving staff training and managing the school more effectively.  A qualified Montessori directress has been employed as Principal and the school is operating on an outstanding level."

Phase two would include the constrution of a community hall.  Love to Langa's Board of Directors will decide at their next meeting whether to continue fundraising for PCC or to move to another project.

Our other current projects include Teacher Training workshops, field trips and enrichment activities.  

Philippi Children's Centre
Philippi Children's Centre
May 19, 2014

Thanks for helping to send five kids to school!

Hloniphile
Hloniphile

Dear Amazing Donors:

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to make a year of school possible for five deserving children who would not have had this opportunity!  Your generosity is so appreciated and we want you to know the tremendous impact you are having.

We want to share some information about each of the five, but please know that this funding is only the beginning... there are many more children who need your help.  Please keep us in mind for the future at our new project, with a goal of sending 25 more kids to school at:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/send-at-risk-children-to-school-in-south-africa/

1. Esona is a bright little girl with a happy disposition. She is caring in nature and loves working within a team. She has leadership qualities but can come across to her peers as being bossy. She socializes well with her peers but her favorite buddy is Anam. She copes well in class and is eager to answer questions and completes tasks on time. She is very involved in the class’s sustainable vegetable garden and happily tends to her gardening duties daily.

Esona is the big sister in her family and lovingly cares for her baby sister. Her sister stays home with her mother daily which is a challenge as their mother is unable to then seek employment. The family lives in a makeshift shack in the backyard of a friend. There is no electricity and they live from hand to mouth.

2. Mila’s attendance at school is excellent. He is a very shy boy who has difficulty forming friendships. He follows the morning ring with ease and completes all creative activities. He loves building blocks and will spend most of his free time constructing buildings. When he first joined Miss Virginia’s class he would not follow the general rules but this has changed now due to his maturity and gradual trust he has formed with his teacher.

3. Lwandle is a creative little girl who loves class work. She is very emotional and often cries in class due to her mother not being with her currently.  She is living with her grandmother and often comes to school tired.

4. Hloniphile is a sweet boy who does not complete any activities. He has a short concentration span and is only interested in play. He loves the jungle gym and moves like a monkey on it. He has difficulty following instructions and often picks fights with his peers. He enjoys alone time with building blocks. He is emotionally immature and he will need assistance with speech therapy. His teacher is unable to understand when he speaks.

5. Zizo is a happy little girl who is friendly with her peers. She is the teacher’s helper in class. In class she will start singing and this is infectious to her peers who in turn join in. She completes all her class activities ahead of time as her goal is to get to the fantasy corner before anyone else. Zizo is fluent with Xhosa and English. Although Zizo does not live with her father, he often collects her from school to continue a parental relationship. Zizo's grandmother is her official guardian but gives her father access to her. Whereabouts of her mother is unknown.

As you can see, there are many challenges faced by these beautiful children, but with your help, their future will be brighter.

With gratitude from Love to Langa.

Mila
Mila
Zizo
Zizo
Esona
Esona
Lwandle
Lwandle
 
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