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Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa

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Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa
Teach Visual Arts to Kids in South Africa

We wouldn't be able to bring the arts to children at African Angels, without you.  We have restocked our paint supply this term.  We have sent artworks over the the US that will be exhibited and sold as part of Art For Art's support of our Visual Arts Programme.  

We have a new opportunity in 2020 for a self funded art teacher to come and volunteer at African Angels leading our Angels to experience visual arts.  If you've ever wanted to come and give disadvantaged kids a peek into the arts, and experience the incredible South Africa, please get in contact with Lou Billett, email loukbillett@gmail.com and we will help you make that happen.

Thank you again for helping us bring the arts to our Angels.

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Grade R this week had tonnes of fun putting together some wooly faces as part of their creative arts curriculum.  

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Visual arts is conducted in each class at African Angels.  Our children live in severely compromised situations (many with no electricity, no running water, no sanitation, no proper housing) to to think creatively, with an open mind; to observe and describe, to analyze and interpret; to express feelings, with or without words; to practice problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, and art-making skills, language and vocabulary of the arts and, importantly, have fun. Thank you for supporting the arts at African Angels!A

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A thrilled Iva and Principal Sharon (2019).
A thrilled Iva and Principal Sharon (2019).

This week is a happy week.

This week we saw how sponsoring an child hope for their future, and changes a future forever.

This is the story of Iva, the diva, and her sponsor family, Richard and Leigh and their children Ella and Charlie.

In 2008 I met Richard, a fellow Australian visiting Chintsa, with his wonderful wife Leigh.  Richard and Leigh and their young daughter Ella, were interested in charities in the area, and as I'd just started African Angels it was a perfect way to show them around. Way before African Angels was a school, from 2008 - 2011, we found sponsors to send disadvantaged children to quality schools in East London.

On their first visit to our partner preschool at the time, Richard and Leigh met Iva, a young girl who needed a sponsor, and immediately said 'yes' to sponsoring Iva's school fees, so she could access a quality education. Over the past 10 years of sponsorship, Richard and Leigh have not only made a financial investment in Iva's future, but also a personally connected one, having visited the school and reconnected with Iva over the years.


Iva has been an African Angel her whole pre and primary school life. She has attended quality schools, including the African Angels Independent School since 2015. Something she would never have been able to achieve, if it were not for her sponsor, and African Angels making it happen.

This week Iva was awarded a bursary to one of East London (South Africa) finest high schools, Merrifield College, on a 100% scholarship. Iva will graduate from high school in 2026 with an IEB National Senior certificate, a Proudly South African qualification that is equivalent to the UK 'A' level.

In a country where 78% of ten year old children cannot read for meaning, and only 6% of children who start school will finish university it is sponsors like Richard and Leigh, supporting children at African Angels, that will start to arrest these alarming statistics, and give more children like Iva, hope that their futures will be different.

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Iva, grade 6 2018. "I want to be a paediatrician."
Iva, grade 6 2018. "I want to be a paediatrician."
Iva 2017
Iva 2017
Sports Day 2015
Sports Day 2015
Little Iva (centre) and friends, 2009.
Little Iva (centre) and friends, 2009.

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Ella leads the hip hop.
Ella leads the hip hop.

The African Angels Independent School reopened in early January this year.  As always we are excited to see our learners again in our caring and nurturing environment. We have had some changes this year with a new principal appointed, and some new faces in the teaching team.

Ella came to visit from Australia and treated the girls in younger grades to an energetic hip hop workshop.

Our Grade 3's were treated to a dance and drama workshop held by the Lulutho Grooming School team, with Yolanda heading up the session.  With bright fun outfits, fantastic music and gentle direction, followed by group discussions, the class had a wonderful experience.  The arts are so important for the Angels, allowing expression without words.

What a fantastic and bright start to the year!

Thank you for supporting the arts at African Angels.  We will continue to update you on our activities in the arts arena at the school this year.

Lou Billett
Chair, African Angels Trust

Happy Azingce
Happy Azingce
Ella and happy Angels
Ella and happy Angels
Lulutho fun outfits
Lulutho fun outfits
Lulutho in action
Lulutho in action

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We have been super fortunate to have Lynne come and work with our Grade 7 class this year, and last.  She has a particular love for recycling and her latest class saw some super recycled sunglass creations.  Very often our children are surrounded by piles of rubbish in their communities, and being able to create an item of fun and sunshine from rubbish is a gift.  Our grade 7 class is set to leave us next year to very different schools - some very smart, with bursaries being awarded, and some not so smart - but all will be of quality, so that each and every Grade 7 can, with some grit and determination, reach their full potential.

It's incredible how different each grade is, with their own personalities.  As we head towards the end of the school year here, we are grateful to have got to know these special kids.  Enjoy the awesome pics of our kids and their fun glasses.

Thank you for supporting the visual arts at African Angels.  

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African Angels

Location: East London, Eastern Cape - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Lou Billett
East London, Eastern Cape South Africa
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