Even Ground

Even Ground strives to help families and communities break the cycles of poverty and inequality by providing support to community-based programs that offer high-quality education and care to young people in Africa. We envision communities where all young people, regardless of their economic background, are given high-quality education and care to ensure a fair start in life and set them on the path towards a brighter future. UNAIDS estimates that to date, a staggering 14 million children have been orphaned by AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV in the world and by 2025, it is estimated that 40% of South African adults will have died of t...
Jun 13, 2016

Bonus Day - The Perfect Time to Invest in Children

Youngsters Showing Their Creativity
Youngsters Showing Their Creativity

Early childhood education for disadvantaged children provides the highest return on investment in the world today, according to James Heckman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, from the University of Chicago. Based on years of research, Heckman believes “Early childhood education fosters cognitive skills along with attentiveness, motivation, self-control, and sociability – the character skills that turn knowledge into know-how and people into productive citizens.”

On June 15th, your investment in Siyabonga Early Childhood Education Center will have an even greater impact. If you make a donation during Global Giving’s annual bonus day, Siyabonga can receive matching funds of up to 50%.  The event begins at 9:00 EDT on June 15 and lasts until the $110,000 in matching funds runs out. 

Siyabonga’s director, Weekend Ngubane, describes the important character skills that early childhood education programs develop in young children:

Our youngsters at Siyabonga Crèche displayed great talent in artwork recently. Inspired by their teacher, groups of four-year-olds worked together to produce beautiful pieces of artwork. The teams of five to seven members were challenged to produce an art project of their choice. Each member had to be creative and share his or her ideas with the rest of the team before a decision was made as to which project they were going to undertake.

Surprisingly, the students worked very well together, with team leaders showing the way and team members pulling together to achieve the target they had set for themselves. The students produced many beautiful and colorful pictures. The highlight of the day was a globe made by a team of seven students. They used an inflated balloon, covered it with dough, put it in a sunny spot to dry, and then painted it. Everyone in the group made a contribution, taking turns to show their creativity.

In addition to inspiring creativity, this project helped children to develop skills such as listening, communication, teamwork, and leadership.

The children shared their enthusiasm with their parents and guardians and expressed interest in doing art projects at home. Increasing parents’ involvement in the development of their children is one of Siyabonga’s goals. This project was inspired by the training our teachers have been receiving in early childhood education through Embury College. Holistic development is important to both the staff and the families of Siyabonga.

Please help Siyabonga continue their critical work with children by donating through Global Giving on Wednesday, June 15 as soon after 9:00 am EDT as you can.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/preschool-in-rural-south-africa/

Thank you for your support!

Jun 13, 2016

Performing for the First Time

Hand made props!
Hand made props!

Thank you for your support of our Primary Education programmes! This recent term was a big one for our kids in developing their public speaking skills. 

In March, the gade 6 & 7 group completed a community maps project that they presented to their peers. As you can see from a photo below,  most learners were very shy and did not want to face the audience or covered their mouths when speaking. 

In May those same students performed a play on the book "The First Slodge". They read the First Slodge to learn about the concept of entitlement. 

To prepare for the performance of the play, the facilitors played games and exercises to improve the children's presentation skills and confidence in speaking in front of others. After weeks of these exercises and many hours of practicing, the play was performed for an audience of grades R, 1, 2 and 3 children and some of the other Thanda staff. The presentation skills and confidence of the grade 6 & 7s showed a marked improvement as you can see from the photos. 

The group also utilized their art skills and our art centre to create all the props for the show themselves! 

Thanks to your support, our learners are gaining more and more self confidence each day. This confidence will enable them to make healthy decisions in their lives and improve their school work. They are seeing all that they are cabale of. 

Thank you again - we couldn't be doing this without you! 

Love, 


Thanda

Ready for show time!
Ready for show time!
Before all the practice- what an improvement!
Before all the practice- what an improvement!
Jun 9, 2016

Global Giving Report -FINIDP Uganda

Shafiki Photo - 1.jpg
Shafiki Photo - 1.jpg

Dear Global Giving Friends,

Our biggest news is the decision by FINIDP to start offering short-term scholarships to a few needy students using a fraction of the general operating funds already granted from Even Ground. Our plan is to target a few academically promising students who are in candidate (Certificate Awarding) classes but are struggling to stay in school because of tuition and other school dues. Our first beneficiary is Shafika male aged 19 years, currently in Senior Six (Form 6) at Crested Senior Secondary School, in Kampala.

To Shafiki primary education was smooth with no big school fees challenges but life changed drastically when his Dad lost a job. According to Shafiki, the education journey at first was not the worst not until his father, divorced the mum. Shafiki noted that this seemed as something to reckon with but later turned up to be a huddle in his way of life. Shafiki said: “when mum left home life completely changed as my father continuously lived a life of hardships”. “Dad deserted us; we were left alone in the house for about three years”. “In these years, my brothers and sisters had to take care of me but they were also in secondary school and couldn’t help much”. “From Primary Five, I have been to different schools because school fees debts have been accumulating”. I am currently in Form Six, but with lots of financial problems and inconsistency at school yet in a candidate class one needs maximum concentration to achieve good grades.

FINIDP has already started by paying Shafiki’s outstanding tuition fees and examination fees for his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) exams due in December 2016. The purpose of the scholarship is to help Shafiki complete his UACE, which is a prerequisite to Vocational Training or College or University Education Institution.

We are grateful to Even Ground for the continued support and to all our supporters on Global Giving for making this possible.

Thanks,

Zziwa Ahmed

 

For FINIDP


 

 
   

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