Change A Child's Life

by United Through Sport SA
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Change A Child's Life
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Caitlin is part of our School of Excellence Programme, she has received a full scholarship to a top high school in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Since starting high school two years ago, Caitlin has been a stand-out student. This year, she is one of our top academic performers in her high school, achieving a 94% average across her subjects. As a result of her hard work, she formed part of the Top 10 Academic Achievers in her class and we are so proud of her achievements. Often adjusting to a new school can be difficult but Caitlin has shown a strong work ethic and resilience as she continues to reach her goals.

Her success means that she will be given the opportunity to travel to the United States in October 2022 on an academic tour. The tour will include visiting Boston, New York, and Washington where she will hear lectures from various prestigious institutions including Harvard, MIT, and Colombia. She is really looking forward to the trip, being able to experience a new culture and meet new people.

We are looking forward to continuing to support Caitlin on her pathway to success, and we can't wait to see what she does next. Thank you for supporting Caitlin!

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Pilot Sithembiso from Youth Rising
Pilot Sithembiso from Youth Rising

Thank you for continuing to support United Through Sport, we are proud to share some of the success stories from our Youth Rising program.

Lindiwe who came through our Keep Active, Senior School of Excellence and Youth Rising programs is now an important member of our United Through Sports team. She manages the Youth Rising program and she is determined to provide youth members with the skills they need to unlock opportunities, just like she did. Recently Lindiwe received her driver’s license and with our support is purchasing her own car which will give her independence. We are proud to have Lindiwe as part of our team, she provides valuable insight into the program and how to help youth on their pathway to success!

Sibulele, graduated from Nelson Mandela University in 2019 and he is now working as a real estate agent in the Nelson Mandela Bay area. We assisted him through high school with a full scholarship to Pearson High School and he received support through Youth Rising while he was in university. We are proud of his achievements and we look forward to sharing his journey with you.

Another stand-out Youth Rising member is Sithembiso who has also been a beneficiary at United Through Sport for a number of years. This year, he has completed his training to become a pilot and has received his Commercial /IR Pilot License.  He is currently working to complete his remaining flying hours before he can fly commercially. The first time Sithembiso flew was when he traveled with United Through Sport on a tour to England, what a journey he has been on.

"It's wonderful to see our beneficiaries who started in the program more than 10 years ago making it all the way through school and higher education and entering into the job market.  They are now positive contributors to society and have truly transformed their lives and those of their families." - Director Nick Mould
We are so proud of the accomplishments of our Youth Rising beneficiaries and we are looking forward to sharing more of their success stories with you.
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We have successfully built and launched a new literacy centre at Astra Primary School!

The centre provides a quiet and engaging space for children age 5 – 9 to access one-on-one reading support and a large selection of age-appropriate books. This initiative is aimed at encouraging the development of children’s reading abilities, developing a passion for learning and creating lifelong learners. Our centre is currently reaching 456 children weekly and we are already seeing a marked improvement in their reading abilities and confidence.

Not only has this project boosted literacy rates among the children who access the centre, but it has provided meaningful employment to 11 previously unemployed youth from the surrounding communities. We provide them with training that enables them to deliver one-on-one literacy sessions to children. Our aim is to work with these youth for the next 36 months, helping them gain permanent employment in their desired career path.

This project is the second literacy initiative launched in collaboration between United Through Sport and Masinyusane in the last two years, following the successful introduction of the Isaac Booi literacy programme in Zwide, employing 17 local youth and supporting over 788 children on a weekly basis.

"We are so proud of this partnership which addresses two fundamental needs of the community, which is early childhood literacy and youth employment.  By helping to address both needs we are making both an immediate and long-term impact in uplifting the community", Nosipho 'Spakes' Xapile, General Manager of United Through Sport. 

We are excited to keep encouraging children to learn to read and develop a passion for learning, thank you to our partners and supporters who have made this possible! 

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Thank you for your support throughout this year, you have contributed to the growth and development of 3457 participants through our regular programming. Additionally, your support meant that we could reach 81,364 people through our feeding programme and 12,000 people through our local TV show during the height of the pandemic.

Despite the difficulties we have faced this year, we had a number of positive outcomes that have meaningfully impacted the communities and children that we work with, including:

-  24 of our Junior School of Excellence participants have obtained fully funded high school scholarships to top-level schools

- 100% of Girls Unite participants know how to respond to challenges and problem solve

-  91% of our Mass Participation Programme participants have improved their emotional well being

-  93% of our Literacy Programme Participants have improved their reading and writing abilities

-  Our Senior School of Excellence participants achieved a 100% matric pass rate

-  98% of our YOUth First participants have received employment this past year

Hear from your participants about what this year has meant to them and how it has helped them on their pathway to success:

Sibulele (Girls Unite) - “I am grateful for the opportunity they have given me, I believe that I can change the situation back at home by studying hard and being successful.”

Matthew (JSE) - "This program has taught me many things that made me more confident. I wish this program to be on for a long time and change other children’s lives like it changed mine.”

Amanda (YOUth First) - “I am grateful for this opportunity that United Through Sport youth pathways presented me. I have always been confused with what I wanted to do career-wise, but with the consultations I had with the youth program coordinator, I connected with my purpose and found my passion along the way. I am now employed doing something I genuinely love.”

We are extremely proud of our participants and our staff for all that they have achieved despite this unprecedented year.

We look forward to sharing 2021 with you and thank you again for your continued support!

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Our participants were heavily impacted by the spread of COVID-19. When schools closed during South Africa’s lockdown for 57 days, many of our participants were faced with food insecurity, lack of educational support at home and limited psychosocial support. We have been focusing on addressing these three needs over the past few months.   

In order to address the food insecurity that our participants and their families are facing, United Through Sport joined forces with two other non-profit organizations in the Nelson Mandela Bay area, to create Project Unity. Project Unity is a collaborative effort to support the most vulnerable participants and their families during this difficult time. Since its creation, we have been a part of distributing 12,886 food parcels, benefiting 79,893 people who were faced with food insecurity due to COVID-19.

We used our strong relationships with the schools we work in to identify the children who were at highest risk. Each teacher nominated 3 – 5 children from their classes who were at highest risk of food insecurity. A member from each identified family collected the parcel from the partner school. Project Unity allowed us to meet the basic needs of our participants and their communities, as well as strengthening our relationships with the schools that we work in.

We addressed the lack of educational support and the poor mental health of our participants through QuaranTV and QuaranTimes.

QuaranTV is a provincial TV show that we launched to keep our participants positively engaged while they were unable to attend school. To date, we have produced 60 episodes of QuaranTV reaching an estimated audience of 12,000. Our participants have really enjoyed the interactive content of QuaranTV and many watch the show with their siblings. Our participant feedback on this initiative includes:

"I really like the show, I enjoy trying the activities at home and it helps me remember UTS before COVID. I'm so thankful to be part of this programme.”

"When it comes to lockdown family life, in my family we have strived to build better relationships with each other through sharing meaningful family fun activities. Thanks to UTS and JSE, this has become easy with their presentation of QuaranTV."

QuaranTimes is our health and well-being newspaper that focuses on providing information to children age 5 - 18. We have delivered 10,000 QuaranTimes with key information on Covid-19, how to protect yourself and how to help children through lockdown - supporting their social, emotional and exercise needs.

Thank you for your continued support, we are looking forward to resuming our sport for development programming as soon as it is safe to do so!

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Location: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province - South Africa
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