Maranatha Care Children

Maranatha Care Children is a non-profit charity, established in 2009 and registered with the Charity Commission in the UK (Charity No: 1139344), aiming to help South African children by offering development in education and life skills, providing suitable home environments and safeguarding the futures of those in care. The objects of the organisation (as set out in our governing constitution) are as follows: 1. To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing children and young people in care in South Africa from becoming socially excluded. 2. To relieve the needs of such children and young people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society. ...
Feb 14, 2017

Reach for the stars!

The girls ready for a new year of school!
The girls ready for a new year of school!

Thank you so much for your support of our campaign! If you are reading this just know how important you are to helping ensure we can continue in our mission to empower young people here in South Africa!

It is so important to hold on to some key facts when it comes to our education project for young people at our youth centre:

It has been reported that South Africa’s youth unemployment rates are now considered to be chronic. The latest figures show that about 48% of South Africans between 15 and 34 were unemployed in the third quarter of 2016

However at our youth project we use the psychometric evaluations that you donations help to fund as a motivation to direct young people into the path best suited for their future…

We have young people learning trades in welding, in woodwork & upholstery and in hospitality. We also have an independent living program incorporating elements of DIY & maintenance work at the youth centre alongside gardening. And of course ALL our young people are currently in school!

This being said we also of course have children over the age of 18 who also have the academic skills to go on to further study even at a university level with one boy currently doing a diploma in business management that we hope he can obtain a bursary for to go on to study at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Because what we know from experience is that if you can identify the real strengths and talents of young people you can open doors for them they never knew existed and ensure they truly reach their potential.  

Right now we are planning for aptitude and careers tests for all our high school learners but we are certainly in a HUGE need for financial support especially after all the expenses we have already surmounted this year with the back to school period and new schools for some learners.

This is one of the times that our charity are really making a great appeal due to the lack of recent funding received but still with the motivation to help this project continue - I hope you can see this as a call to action and donation rather than just an informative update!

When I write for you to support this initiative through social media, tweets, facebook posts and sharing emails with friends & colleagues it really is so pressing at this stage with a high number of education based expenses that we hope we can fulfill!

Help these children and young people reach for the stars…!!! We know they will make it if we all give our support!

Two sisters excited to be starting new schools!
Two sisters excited to be starting new schools!

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Jan 23, 2017

Sporting Opportunities!

Our girls at an inter-NGO netball match :-)
Our girls at an inter-NGO netball match :-)

The provision of proper resources for children to play is essential in creating opportunities for children’s holistic development and sporting development can clearly offer a brighter future for many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with a specific sports based talent that can be nurtured if the right chance is given.

As UNICEF highlights South Africa has a clear love for sport and communities can be united, through sports events and programmes. The benefits derived from playing sport extend beyond health and fitness. Participants learn important social skills such as teamwork, commitment and leadership.

This particular project also has the added benefit that, whilst being a resource for all the children at our youth centre, it specifically targets a need that we have identified in our young women and girls that can help open doors for them.

The right to freedom of association through sport is enshrined in South Africa’s Bill of Rights; legislation, which most recently in 2012 made providing accessible sports infrastructure a government priority. However to see this multi-purpose court become a reality at our project we truly need your support in spreading the word and seeing if we can get the financial backing and sponsorship needed to see this come to fruition.

Please get behind this project in whatever way you can and make sporting opportunities come to life!

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Nov 10, 2016

The success stories are coming...!

School farewell for our girls!
School farewell for our girls!

It has been a time of much unrest in South Africa during the #FeesMustFall protest movement with many Universities having been unable to function amidst the heated and violent protest action which has still been on-going.

It is sad to see this when actually you can see that there are increasingly more young people going into further education with Stats SA highlighting how student enrolment in higher education actually grew by 32.5% from 2006 to 2015. This is reflective of many youngsters having a vision of a brighter future for themselves.

And this is the reality that we are seeing through our project at this stage. We recently had two girls attend a school “farewell” (prom) event and we were just so thankful that we could arrange for them to be sponsored with the dress, make-up, accessories and of course luxury transport to the venue! This was also covered in the local press!

But what of course is wonderful to see is that still the school work and academic achievement comes first in their mind. The one girl at the farewell also achieved in the TOP 5 academic achievers of the year! We are also excited that she can continue on with us at our youth centre next year going to train further in hospitality and catering. It is amazing to see such children from where they’ve come to where they are now but of course we are always focusing so much more on where they are going to…!

And that message of shooting for the moon cannot be more apt for another young man who, despite facing insurmountable challenges when first coming into our care, has now gone on to achieve incredibly well through being selected as a school prefect, attending a leadership camp, achieving diplomas in his prize-giving AND also playing for the school in first team Rugby which allowed him to also play at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium! A stadium fit for international games and even the world cup! Hows that for success! 

Of course we recognize the importance of having a full extra-curricular program as we develop these children and young lives! This is also on the step to achieving our aim of maximizing potential. We also had the prize-giving of the Sea Cadets last month which was also a wonderful moment! At this stage we are also wanting to promote healthy lifestyles further especially for our girls and young women where we have identified a huge need for a multi-purpose cement court on the grounds of the centre where the girls can also practice netball. We have set up a micro-project for supporters of this cause knowing that these sport opportunities also allow girls to become empowered by learning to trust each other and also having a platform to express themselves and learn that they have the right to make choices that are good for themselves. This page is especially for attracting support of those who may be interested in helping a sports project on a larger scale.

However our priority must be education – even as I write this we have very recently had 5 new children admitted at our youth centre all between the age of 6-10. We get children not attending school; not even with shoes; even in some cases removed from home circumstances by police assistance. As we come to November now we will this month be purchasing ALL the school needs for 32 children going into next year (as the school years runs from January in South Africa) which is always a big expense in itself alone! If you can just imagine what this entails.  All these new children must also receive psychometric evaluations and just this weekend we will be registering a further two learners to be enrolled in a vocational high school where they have been accepted for next year. But of course it takes funding to make sure these needs can all be met!

It is important to still realize that this project and the funding from Global Giving is actually vital to allowing these children access to school and seeing these success stories that we have further down the line. But we are reliant on that support and hope you, as a supporter reading this report, can continue to help if you can, share and spread the word…let’s make more dreams become a reality!

Thanks so much for the support!!!

Our oldest girl at the Sea Cadets prize giving!
Our oldest girl at the Sea Cadets prize giving!
Proud prefect and first team rugby star!
Proud prefect and first team rugby star!
Collecting a prize for Top 5 academic achievement!
Collecting a prize for Top 5 academic achievement!
Our newest children at the centre now smiling :-)
Our newest children at the centre now smiling :-)

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