Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa
Fund 100 Children in a Township School in Africa

Introduction 

A gift to this project goes a very long way. We are working with a number of schools across townships and support over 40 Grade R students, 27 Grade 1 Students, 22 Grade 2 Students and 14 Grade 3 students with a new group starting in 2021 when we open a Grade 4 class.

Report 

Townships still faces the harsh conditions of inequality and many areas are affected by water pollution due to poor sanitation and substandard housing conditions. These overpopulated communities with poor access to resources also face challenges when it comes to Education. Poor infrastructure, sub-standard teaching quality and high-drop out rates have resulted in South African schools being declared as among the most inept in the world. A donation of $50 will supply all the books and stationery for a child for a full year!

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Dear Supporters,

 

Usually this report is a great way for us to showcase how the children of our community in South Africa are progressing with their education. Sadly due to COVID-19 the schools were forced to close and our operations quickly adapted to providing meals for the children and their families as parents lost their jobs and forced into one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. 

 

Since the schools closed we have been working to provide resources to assist with home schooling but also more importantly five women in the community began to cook a daily hot meal to provide those in the community that found themselves unemployed and unable to provide through this unexpected challenging time. With your donations we are able to fund a cooker, gas and ingredients to cook a hot meal for over 500 people daily. 

 

With increasing demand we are fundraising to purchase a second gas stove, gas and food to help further in the community. From today until 18th September GlobalGiving are running their amazingly generous little by little campaign, this means if you donate $50 today it will be 25% matched making your donation $75.

With $75 this would fund 50% of a new gas stove or one gas bottle that lasts around 4-5 days or would fund the food for 50 people for today. Please help us continue the vital support needed for our children while we fight this pandemic and begin to reopen our schools. 

 

Thank you!

 

With Grattude,

 

SA Education

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Daer Supporters,

 

Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were busy gearing up for yet another holiday program for the children in the local community in Strand, Cape Town. This provides vulnerable children in the local area with a safe place to go, a free meal and the opportunity to engage in fun, educational activities, supported by the Trust and its amazing supporters. Unfortunately, the holiday program, along with all other projects, had to be halted in March 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Whilst this was a sad decision to make, it was of course the correct and necessary decision in order to protect the health of the local community. 

 

Prior to the start of the pandemic, we are pleased to say that, with the support of the Trust, we were able to purchase much needed sports equipment to be used at a local primary school in the community of Nomzamo. Physical education forms part of the national curriculum in South Africa and primary school children are required to participate in a number of curriculum outlined sports and skills. These skills are then examined and form part of the children’s academic grades. Unfortunately, many schools are under-resourced and do not have access to the necessary sports equipment, meaning that the children are not fully able to participate in the required sports and skills. With the support of the Trust’s donors, we were able to provide the school with items such as cricket bats and balls to enable the children to learn new skills and take part in new sports. This helps the children have equal opportunities to participate and achieve as part of working towards the Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Quality Education. Furthermore, this provides children with the opportunity to learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle, become active and learn new skills such as teamwork, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well Being. This is a particularly important opportunity for children, whose strengths may not lie in traditional academic subjects, to gain confidence and self-esteem in another area. 

 

Currently, these continue to be difficult and uncertain times for many people around the world, however it has been heart-warming to see the South African spirit of ubuntu (meaning togetherness or humanity) within the Cape Town communities we work with. We remain in close contact with our community partners and regularly hear uplifting stories of neighbours, friends and communities coming together to support each other during these incredibly difficult times.

 

Whilst it is currently unclear when our usual projects may be able to re-start, we will continue to stay in close contact with our partners and wish to thank everyone for their support during these difficult times. 

 

With Gratitude,

 

Cape Town Education

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Dear Supporters,

 

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 

 

Within the South African education system, children from disadvantaged communities and their families rely on school environments to provide a safe, structured and engaging spaces in which to facilitate learning and development. It is also a means of keeping children off the street and out of harm’s way. Therefore, during the school holidays, it is vital that children are provided with the same environment in which to thrive.

 

This year’s program has reached new highs in developing an advanced educational program, which is innovative and interactive for its students. By establishing a safe, integrated, fun, and empowering learning environment, students are given the opportunity to flourish in unique learning situations and are able to discover their potential in innovative and unique ways, which are not usually adopted in the typical school settings. 

 

We would like to share with you some of the key highlights from the program, which has allowed students to discover their unique talents and build a platform to inspire their futures.  

 

Over 40 children were split into Countries and competed in our very own ‘Holiday Olympics 2019’. The events included Long Jump, bean bag toss, penalty shootout, hurdles and a 100m sprint. 

 

At many school’s sport is not a mandatory lesson, which means that at most, students will engage in physical education once a week. During this program the students thrived with daily sports sessions and loved the incorporation of a bit of friendly competition. Not only did this teach the children about teamwork, but highlighted talents that some of the children had never had the opportunity to share before.

 

What better way to learn about Volcanoes, then creating your very own? The children worked in teams to build their own volcanoes, fully decorated and then watched them erupt! Not only did this incorporate imagination and creativity but taught the children about how fun science can be, when explored outside of a textbook.

 

For many children from disadvantaged communities in South Africa, climate change isn’t spoken about till they reach Grade 6, but even then, its true meaning can be lost. During this program the children were involved in tackling themes of climate change, endangered animals and geography. Teaching them about the ways in which they can be eco warriors and do their part to protect the environment and their futures. It was incredible to see the children engage in such important issues. 

 

For many children, they learn from an early age through watching their parents, what they want to be when they grow up. However, for these children, many of them are unaware of their potential and equally, the opportunities that they have outside of their current circumstances. Due to this, one of the major highlights of the recent holiday program was the work we did with the children on careers. The programs participants embodied professions such as teachers, police officers, photographers and doctors, who were then interviewed by the children. All the children then role played as police officers, lawyers, shop keepers and we even had a President! The children were able to learn and play in a safe environment, which is so valuable. 

 

A lot of these highlights are thanks to your generous contributions - so a very big THANK YOU from all of us!

 

It is with your continued support that we can make a sustainable and long-lasting impact in the community. We are grateful for your generosity and it goes without saying that the GVI Trust and all its donors, play a vital and essential role in making a lasting difference to the lives of many children within the community. 

 

We are proud to have your support in making dreams become reality and hope to have your continued support in the coming year! 

 

Thank you, on behalf of every single life you have impacted, no matter how big or small. 

 

 ENKOSI! 

 

With Gratitude,

 

SA Community

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Dear Supporters,

 

Recently a local community in Nomzamo experienced a terrible fire that wiped out 47 homes, leaving approximately 80 people homeless and sadly caused the loss of one person’s life. Unfortunately, fires are a frequent occurrence in many informal settlements in South Africa due to the lack of adequate housing and access to facilities within townships. 

 

Our field team has worked hand in hand with community leaders, and with support from the GVI Trust to provide support to the affected community. For the most part we all have you, the donors, to thank for this. As it is with the support you have provided, that we have been able to buy food to make meals, clothing to replace lost belongings, and other integral necessities for those affected to begin rebuilding their lives.

 

Over the past 2 years Cape Town has seen an increase of 14% in the total number of informal settlements being affected by shack fires. These fires are brought on by an array of factors from smoking, open flames, cooking, heating, lighting, arson or electrical faults. Unfortunately, incidents like this are a common occurrence in areas where informal settlements have built up and families have a lack of access to proper and safe resources.

 

Within the communities that we work, fires like this are incredibly common. The people living in the settlement affected already face many daily challenges, with poverty levels being extremely high. 

 

The informal settlement is made up of homes built with basic materials such as zinc and corrugated metal, as these are cheap, readily available and in many cases all people can afford. Unfortunately, this means that fires spread very quickly through this type of housing causing a high level of damage. Which in this and many other cases, leave families with nothing but the clothes on their back.

 

Over the past few weeks the GVI Trust and you, its donors, have played an instrumental role in enabling us to support the families affected by this horrible fire. 

 

It has been incredible for us to see the astonishing level of resilience amongst the community members who have lost not only their homes, belongings and livelihoods. Their ability to shake off such hard times and team together within hours of the fire being extinguished to rebuild their homes from the rubble is not only a remarkable sign of strength, but of inspiration to us all. 

 

For many within these communities such disasters are just another factor of daily life, which to a certain degree become normalised. However, their strength as a community is commendable, giving true meaning to the South African notion of ‘ubuntu’, meaning “I am because we are” or ‘humanity’. 

 

It is through your support and generosity that we as a team have been able to play our part in helping this community rebuild and it is safe to say that every little bit goes a long way. By working hand in hand with community leaders we have been able to provide immediate relief in the form of food, blankets, clothing and toiletries. And as people start to rebuild their lives, we will continue to work with the community leaders to provide the resources needed, such as mattresses, bedding, clothing and other items to make the transition easier. 

 

It is with your continued support that we can make an impactful and long-lasting impact in the community. We are grateful for your generosity and it goes without saying that the GVI Trust and all its donors, play a vital and essential role in making a sustainable and impacting difference to the lives of many community members within the Nomzamo community. 

 

With Gratitude,

 

GB Community

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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Tyrone Bennett
London, London United Kingdom
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