For the past three years, Love to Langa has been having a fundraiser at Mad Mex Wynnewood (PA) restaurant to help support our programs. This year, the proceeds sponsored a wonderful field trip for 70 children from Mfuleni ECD, all of whom are recipients of our scholarship program. The children were treated to a tour of Cape Town on a double-decker bus and a happy meal lunch. As you can see from the video, a fun time was had by all!
Principal Sandra wrote, "Hi Amy. Dreams don't stay dreams with Love to Langa. No, they happen. Last night, parents were calling me because of the rain and I said, 'it's ok. It's going to thunder but tomorrow at 7 am the rain is going to stop.' My son sent me a picture of the hail last night and also asked if the outing is going to happen and I replied, 'yes.' This morning, while I was driving to school, I saw the rainbow and was so excited and ran into the Grade R class and asked the children the meaning of the rainbow and they said the rain is going to stop and I said give yourselves a hand and they did! Amy, it was a wonderful and awesome day and we want to thank you and your board of Love to Langa. The children did enjoy and I know the parents' ears are going to pain tonight... We love you so much."
Swimming lessons are moving along nicely for our sponsored students. Here are some updates on a few of the children who have weekly lessons, thanks to our donors.
Among the confident swimmers are Shiloh, Roshe, Indiphile, Zion and Sitha, who are unafraid to put their faces in the water. They all have made progress on freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks. All strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board and they all know how to enter and exit the pool.
Remizane is still afraid of the water but does participate in the lessons. His freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kick are good. All the strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board. He knows how to enter and exit the pool.
Phoebie is still very scared of the water and needs to be assisted at all times. Her freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking are fair but have improved a lot since the first lesson. All the strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board. She knows how to enter and exit the pool.
Jayden is still very scared of the water but gets in and out of the pool confidently. He is always eager to practice his strokes. His strokes still need attention but have improved a lot. All his strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board.
Lutho is confident in the water, but still a bit scared to put his face in the water, although he will always attempt to do it. His freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking is good. All the strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board . He knows how to enter and exit the pool.
Sisipho is confident enough when getting in the water, but still a bit scared to put her face in the water and blow bubbles. Freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking needs more attention too. She knows how to enter and exit the pool. All the strokes are assisted by a noodle and a kicker board.
It will be so exciting when the students advance to actual swimming and diving! We can't wait to share their progress with you and hope you are cheering them along with us!
Roche and Indiphile
Shiloh and Remizane
Sep 18, 2017
How about some good news?
By Amy Ostroff - President, Love to Langa
Mfuleni scholarship recipients
With the endless stream of bad news about events in the world assaulting us daily, we are so glad to be able to share some GOOD NEWS about our projects, which have been thriving, thanks to your support.
With the assistance of Love to Langa donors, the sponsored pupils at Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre have grown from strength to strength. All the pupils are excelling academically and their social skills with their peers are beyond amazing.
Their parents do have some relief financially which allows for less stress at home. The children are happy, learning more than one language. Mfuleni is the only school in the township teaching the children to be bilingual in English an Xhosa.
The school has been voted as one of the top schools in the Western Cape by the Department of Social Development.
The children performed at a concert for Social Development and came in the top three. For this event, Love to Langa sponsored the costumes.
Principal Sandra said, "Love to Langa's support for Mfuleni ECD has assisted the school on various levels. To be supported by an international charity is beyond generous. Their love for the Mfuleni community and constant support is a gift from God."
The scholarship children at Philippi Childrens' Centre are also thriving. The school focuses on Montessori and traditional teaching and this is having a positive effect on the children, both at school and home. The parents and caregivers are encouraged to engage with the children and promote confidence and independence. They are currently practicing their end of the year school concert. All scholarship children are also eligible for swim scholarships at the Love to Langa Swimming Academy.
Project Manager, Kissmea Adams said, "Love to Langa exceeded expectations with this project. It is not only giving much needed Learn to Swim lessons for children from the Philippi Children's Centre but it is also offering lessons to the community now. There are currently 90 children from the school enjoying swim lessons. Philippi Children's Centre is now the hub of the community. Residents are flocking to view the indoor heated swimming pool."
We look forward to sharing more good news with you in the future.