Aug 8, 2017

Hear it from Swim Coach Craig!

Swim student
Swim student

Swimming lessons at the Love to Langa Swimming Academy are going very well so far! Most of the children have never been in the water before, so they have to acclimate slowly. Here are a few updates on our sponsored students, thanks to your donations. Please see the link for a video report from the Head Coach, Craig.

Zion

At first, Zion did not want to get into the pool but with a whole lot of games, we progressed.

Freestyle Kicking - his kicking is good and straight but must be assisted with a kicker board.

He is still not blowing bubbles in a comfortable manner.

His back float kick is good also with assistance from the coach.

He knows how to get in and out of the pool.

Breast stroke - His breaststroke is coming along good using the noodle.

Zion enters the pool correctly.

 

Roshe

She was very happy to get into the water at our first lesson.

Freestyle Kick - Kicking is good and straight assisted with a kicker board.

She is not comfortable in putting her face under water but does blow bubbles.

Floating on her back is good as well as her backstroke kicking.

Breast Stroke - makes use of the noodle.

Roshe enters the pool correctly.

 

Indiphile

At the first lesson, Indiphile was very scared to get into the pool or do anything as he was afraid of the water going into his face. He now gets into the pool eagerly.

Freestyle kicking - Kicking is good and straight assisted by a kicking board.

Not comfortable in putting his face in water to blow bubbles but does attempt it.

Back float and backstroke a good and comfortable.

Breast stroke is good but it’s assisted with a noodle.

Knows how to get in and out of the pool.

Swim lesson
Swim lesson
Swim students
Swim students

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Jun 19, 2017

Update from South Africa

Mfuleni ECD at International Children's Day
Mfuleni ECD at International Children's Day

It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but that means it's been cold and unsettled in South Africa. Project manager Kissmea tells us, "The past few weeks have been particularly difficult with the stormy weather raging through the townships.  Schools were closed on account of the weather. This was a concern because the schools offer two cooked meals a day for the children and as expected, they came back to school to nutritious meals and a warm environment. The children in our schools live in shacks or unsafe government housing." She continues, "The Love to Langa scholarships to Mfuleni and Philippi have been a godsend. The children sponsored are either orphaned or have unemployed parents and live below the breadline. The children at Philippi are also being sponsored for swimming lessons in an indoor heated pool built by Love to Langa. To describe the joy is beyond wonderful.  The scholarship children for the school programme are among the first in the Townships who are exposed to the Montessori philosophy.  The children have normalized in the classrooms and a few of them have started with their writing skills."

Mfuleni ECD has decided to pay it forward by inviting children to school who are currently not enrolled due to lack of funding. From Principal Sandra: "I am so proud to say if it was not for Love to Langa then we would have dropouts. When parents go through difficult financial situations, the first thing that happens is their children drop out of school. I would also like to mention because of our constructive daily programme, one of our field workers moved her child to our school in the townships because we are a Centre of excellence due to our program. Lakheka, Emile, Raphael, Lutho M, Simamkele, Hlonela, Gorgeous, Ropafadzo, Lutho L and Alison are very happy and progressing very well. Alison is standing out with ballet dancing and putting our school on the map. We also performed on the first of June at the International Children's Day."

Mfuleni ECD at International Children's Day
Mfuleni ECD at International Children's Day
May 9, 2017

Just Keep Swimming!

Swim lesson
Swim lesson

Swimming lessons started at Philippi Children's Centre with a bang.

Craig, our patient and well-loved swimming coach introduced the children to the pool.  The children have never experienced swimming lessons before and were brimming with anticipation.

Craig said, "I am following a programme specifically aimed at the children's needs by starting with basic water safety e.g. blowing bubbles, speedboats, monkey crawls on the pool walls, jumping into the pool and returning to the wall of the pool.  Once each child is water safe, strokes and techniques will be introduced."

Craig has years of experience as a lifeguard having worked for the City of Cape Town saving lives.  As a learn to swim coach from the community, the opportunity for Craig is indescribable as Headstart Swim School will be training him to manage the swimming academy, from scheduling lessons, teaching adults and children, maintaining the facility, liaising with parents and reporting on the progress of the children.

Jane, Secretary of the Managment Committee of Philippi Children's Centre expressed heartfelt thanks on behalf of the committee. The children, she said, are "wild with excitement. As you can see from the attached photos, the pool is sparkling.  The building is immaculate.  Craig is a miracle of patience.  The children really enjoy themselves and gain in confidence by the minute. To use a good old South African expression, the pool and swimming programme are “awesome.”

The Love to Langa Swimming Academy is the first of its kind in South Africa. There are many swimming schools but our academy will truly be making a difference.

Phase 1
-  Build a swimming academy in a township.

Phase 2
-  Have a reputable swim school run the swimming academy by employing and mentoring a swim coach who resides in the community to manage the facility. Develop and mentor the coach and other future swim coaches.

Phase 3
-  After three years of development, Headstart will hand the management of the Love to Langa Swimming Academy to the community only on the condition that there has been sufficient training and the academy is sustainable.

This is a case study and project of Love to Langa and Global Impact Social Advisory.

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Swim lesson
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