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Mar 2, 2017

Grateful kids

Tamzyn Grootboom at high school
Tamzyn Grootboom at high school

A thankful message

We would like to thank you so much for your donation!

In January the kids started at a top level high school. Because of your donation we made it possible to bring these kids to school every day. Also the books and stationary has been bought for these kids because of your donation!

They are working hard at high school at the moment and they are so happy for the opportunity they got.

Last Friday Larissa (intern at United Through Sport, Project Manager of ‘Change a Child’s Life’) had an interview with one of the 15 kids we’re raising money for. She followed Tamzyn Grootboom at Alexander Road High School, one of the best high schools in Port Elizabeth. Tamzyn told her about the difference between this high school and the high school in her township, where she was supposed to go without support of United Through Sport.

The township high school is not strict in rules and the facilities are very bad. This decreases the quality of education. Her friend who is going to that high school has a lot of free time and doesn’t get any home work. A lot of people she knows quit school there because they don’t see any reason to be there. These people rather try to find a job and try to earn some money.

Tamzyn says her days are long, she gets picked up every day at 6am and is back home at 5pm. Every day she has a lot of home work, I asked her what she thought about that difference. She said how happy she is, she feels privileged. She realises that not a lot of people she knows have this opportunity. It assures her of a better future and after high school she is ready for University.

Her goal is to become a doctor: ‘because I get to help people and save peoples life.’ Her goal changed because of the opportunity UTS gave her. With the education at the high school in her township her results would not be good enough to go to university and to study to be a doctor.

We are still raising money, it is hard to keep these kids funded because the high school is expensive.. We gave these kids an opportunity for now but we won’t be able to afford the school for five years.

It is still really important to continue and give these kids the opportunity. They are working so hard at the moment to stay in high school, these kids deserve this change to let them be able to keep on follow their dreams. They really want to make a difference in this world and in their lives. 

Jan 18, 2017

Christmas Gifts For Swartkops

For the months July to December 2016, United Through Sport was working with, amongst others, three schools in the Swartkops community. Each week, UTS would conduct sport coaching sessions and life skills sessions to children aged between 10 and 13 years in grades 4 to 7. The life skills sessions were only conducted with the 13 year olds as the topics covered issues such as HIV/AIDS as well as alcohol and drug abuse.  The younger children were involved in the sport coaching only and developed their skills in netball, rugby, football, hockey, tennis and cricket.

At the end of the year, with the support of a local business in the Swartkops community, United Through Sport bought hygiene packs and school shoes for the boys and girls of the three schools. The packs consisted of bath soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body sprays, deodorant and some sanitary towels for the girls. In total 244 girls and 207 boys received the duo of hygiene packs and school shoes.

At each school, the children were extremely excited to receive their gifts, especially since it was at the beginning of the Christmas break. Their facial expressions and the smiles on their faces showed their appreciation for the gesture, and for some of the children, this was the very first time getting their own toiletry and brand new shoes for school. They promised to walk with pride and confidence in the year 2017. A few of the children expressed how, for once, they will no longer be teased for having torn school shoes or wearing casual shoes to school.

“It is wonderful that The Swartkops Terminal is looking out for the community they operate their business in and shows care for the children of their employees.”  Tandile, Life Skills Trainer, UTS

Oct 26, 2016

Betts Resource Centre

After hours of hard work from the older and stronger Senior School of Excellence (SSE) boys, they are very proud to have assisted in the building of their very own resource centre!

The Betts Resource Centre is a project that came about with funding from a shared funder, terre des hommes Germany, between five organisations in the Nelson Mandela Bay; United Through Sport being one of them. The aim of the project was to build or upgrade a facility where youth in the local communities can benefit from skills development in a safe environment.

The youth of the five partner organisations had to decide on an institute to benefit and also give in time to volunteer the physical labour in achieving this goal. Different options were put forward and put to the vote, and the final decision was to build a resource centre at United Through Sport which would be a study centre that the SSE children can use, as well as youth from the other four partners.

To our convenience, the father of volunteer coordinator at the time (Billy) wanted to come out to South Africa and use his building expertise to benefit our programmes. Kevin Betts couldn’t have chosen a better time to come from the UK. The father and son team had a crew of volunteers, mostly consisting of SSE beneficiaries, assisting them with the project and they got the job done in two weeks.

The Betts Resource Centre acts as a multi-purpose study centre where SSE beneficiaries work on their homework, receive extra tuition as well as research projects for school. They are also free to use it as a mini library and it acts as a source of information for the final year students that need to look into opportunities for their tertiary studies. UTS indirect staff member, a retired English teacher, Mrs Prinsloo is available to work with those children needing extra academics, and our international volunteers and staff members are available for daily homework sessions in the centre.

“Knowing that I will benefit directly from the centre kept me motivated to help Mr Betts with manual labour during the school holiday, plus he was cool to work with. I am extremely proud when I step in the finished product now!”- Ayabonga, SSE Beneficiary.

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