Apr 24, 2018

Swimming Lesson Report

Zara and Coach Craig
Zara and Coach Craig

Thank you to the ever-patient Coach Craig for an update on our scholarship swim students. Here is his report.

"All these pupils have a long way to go because they are still very afraid of putting their faces in the water and therefore of blowing bubbles. This is a very important first step in learning to swim. Once they overcome their fear of the water they will really progress well. The noodles are an excellent aid to help them build their confidence in the water. Most of these pupils are happy to jump into the water as long as they have a noodle tied around their bodies. We continue to do fun activities in the water and are working on building their confidence all the time!

Nadine is a very confident girl in the water. She can float on her own on her back. She knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks are very good, but she needs to be assisted by a noodle.

Indiphlie is enjoying the water, and does freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks well with the assistance of a noodle. She knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly and she floats on her back happily and confidently.

Sispho is still a bit scared to put her face in the water. She knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. She is still assisted by a noodle and her kicking technique still needs practice, but she is trying hard. She floats confidently on her back.

Jihhaad knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. He is still a bit scared to be in the water but we are working on this. He can do freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks while assisted by a noodle. He floats confidently on his own.

Jaden knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. He needs to work on practicing his kicking as it is weak. He is still scared to float on his back and to put his face in the water.  He is assisted by a noodle at his lessons and we are working to build up his confidence.

Phoebe knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly.  She floats confidently on her back unaided. Her kicking is weak and needs much practice. She is still very fearful and scared to put her face in the water.

Remizane knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. He floats confidently on his back without aid. His freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking is good with the assistance of a noodle and he is still a bit scared to wet his face.

Morne knows how to exit the pool, but we are working on his safe entry. He is still very scared. We are practicing his freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking with the help of a noodle. He Floats confidently on his back, with the aid of the teacher.

Lunje knows how to enter and exit the pool safely, and is very confident in the water. Her kicking is still assisted by a noodle and she is still scared to wet her face. She floats confidently on her back.

Zion knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. His kicking is good but needs the aid of a noodle. He floats confidently on his back but is still a bit scared to wet his face.

Zimbonge knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle and she is still very scared to put her face in the water. She floats well with the help of the teacher.

Zara knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is still scared to put her face in the water and she floats on her back confidently.

Benjamin knows how to enter and exit the pool safely. He needs a lot of help with his kicking and is still very scared of the water. He floats on his back confidently but with the help of the teacher.

Hope knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is very scared to wet her face in the water and floats on her back confidently with a noodle.

Lutho is very confident in the water, and he knows how to enter and exit the pool. He can float on his own unaided for 5 seconds. His kicking for all three strokes is good. He loves being in the water and he listens to and follows instructions. 

Deyana knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is still scared to wet her face in the water and she floats on her back confidently with a noodle.

Aiden knows how to enter and exit the pool safely. He is not scared and loves to be in the water. His kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. He floats on his back confidently with a noodle.

Roche knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her kicking in all three strokes is good but she still needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is still scared to put her face in the water but floats on her back confidently with the help of a noodle.

Amila knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. His kicking is good for all three strokes with the help of a noodle. He is able to float happily on his back for 5 seconds without a noodle but he is scared to wet his face in the water. He is very eager during lessons."

Thank you for your support in making this essential life skill available to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity!

 

Zimbongi floating with teacher nearby
Zimbongi floating with teacher nearby
Zara and Ashton waiting for their turn
Zara and Ashton waiting for their turn
Ashton and Coach Craig
Ashton and Coach Craig
Nadine and Coach Craig
Nadine and Coach Craig
Mar 12, 2018

Monkeying around with some of our students

Mfuleni students
Mfuleni students
Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre is all about educating children by incorporating themes into their curriculum. A very popular theme recently was mammals and the school principal, Sandra, took a group of children, including our scholarship recipients, for an amazing adventure to meet other mammals all the way to "Monkey Town" in tSomerset West.
Aside from becoming encyclopedias for llamas, monkeys and much more, time was allowed for the children to show their gross motor skills on the jungle gym/play park area.
Sandra said, "we pride ourselves on being the only English-speaking pre-school in Mfuleni, therefore it was so important for the children to see each mammal and the English name was given." She added, "some of the children were scared and I showed them how a monkey can eat nuts out of my hand."
We are so thrilled that the children had this wonderful opportunity!
Principal Sandra
Principal Sandra
Mfuleni students
Mfuleni students
Jan 29, 2018

Cape Town Water Crisis and Love to Langa

Philippi Children's Centre Borehole
Philippi Children's Centre Borehole

As you have probably heard, Cape Town has been suffering under three years of unprecedented drought and currently has less than 90 days worth of water in its reservoirs. Residents have been asked to drastically cut back on water usage in the hopes of preventing Day Zero - sometime in April when the taps will run dry! City officials have decided that once the dams reach 13.5% capacity, the municipal water supply will be turned off for all but essential services, like hospitals.

Swimming pools are being closed daily and people are not allowed to top up their pools. Many schools and households have not made allowances to recycle or store water. Households are limited to 50 litres of water per person per day.

For schools that have not made adequate provisions for their pools, it's a sad day for them to have to close. Water safety has become a part of many school curriculums as it is an essential life skill.

What does this mean for our projects, especially our Love to Langa Swimming Academy, when the filling of swimming pools with municipal water has been prohibited? 

In 2014, we embarked on an ambitious endeavor to build a learn to swim indoor pool at Philippi Children's Centre.

We wanted the following: 

*an indoor, heated learn to swim pool due to reports of children drowning in local dams.

*to launch with an established swim school running our Swim Academy, training community members to eventually run our pool. The aim was and always will be to empower previously disadvantaged individuals.

*scholarships for any children who cannot afford swimming lessons.

Before we committed to the Swimming Academy, we did a lot of research. Was this a viable project? Our project manager in Cape Town heard rumblings of water being an issue although at the time there was no mention of Day Zero. A site visit to Philippi Children's Centre proved positive when the borehole on the property was viewed. This was what the project needed to sustain itself if there was a drought.

What is a borehole?

A borehole used as a water well is completed by installing a vertical pipe (casing) and a well screen to keep the borehole from caving. This also helps prevent surface contaminants from entering the borehole and protects any installed pump from drawing in sand and sediment.

When we filled the Love to Langa Swimming Academy pool the first time, borehole water was used and it will be topped off with borehole water going forward.

Philippi Children's Centre also has a Lilliput Sewage and Wastewater Treatment system at the school.

Lilliput saves on water usage by using recycled water for flushing, irrigation, car washing and filling swimming pools and water features.

Current Love to Langa Swimming Academy Water-Saving Measures:

No showers after swimming.
The toilets will not be flushed - borehole water will be used to flush toilets.
Hand sanitizer to be used after using the toilet.

 

Most of the students in our schools live in shacks with no running water to begin with and must access a community tap, which I understand is not currently under ration. The situation is changing rapidly and we will be keeping a close eye on it and  dearly hope and pray that our actions, along with countless others in Cape Town, will help alleviate this crisis until solutions can be implemented. 

 

 

Lilliput system
Lilliput system
Swim lesson
Swim lesson
 
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