Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa

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Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 156 African Angels in South Africa

Every month we like to share our news with you.  Without your generosity, justice for the children of Chintsa would not be possible.

This year's theme at school is "Making the world a better place" 

I am going to be so interested to see how our Angels, guided by their teachers, live our 2023 theme.  Your support is already making our Angels' worlds better, and now they will focus on amplifying that for others.

Our January 2023 newsletter is out now, and in case you didn't receive it in your inbox, the link is here

Our Facebook page is always up to date with our latest news, and if you haven't liked it yet please do - the link is here

2022 was a big year where we saw our first African Angels who left our school matriculate from high school.  It was the year of yet another lot of "firsts". 

Changing lives, through quality education.

Thank you, from our Angels and their families.

Lou Billett
Chair, African Angels
E  loukbillett@gmail.com
P  +27 (0) 76 555 4711

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It is the beginning of the 2023 school year in South Africa, and we are delighted to announce that Kungawo has been accepted into the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg for her high school education.  Kungawo is our 4th African Angel graduate to successfully compete with over 6 000 girls in South Africa, for just 66 bursary (scholarship) places.  We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity and the generosity of Ms Winfrey, levelling the playing fields for girls in our country.  We are proud of our role in helping Kungawo achieve her full potential in primary school, and just as proud of the supportive and nurturing role her parents played.

In South Africa only 41% of children who start school in Grade 1 will finish high school.  

In 2022, 8/10(80%) of our first graduating primary school class finished high school, with the 9th person finishing in 2023.  This is a huge achievement for the learners, many of whom faced personal challenges throughout their high school careers.

None of our work would be possible without your support, in time, money and sharing our social media posts.  We celebrate your generosity creating justice for our learners and their families.

Thank you!

Lou 

Lou Billett
loukbillett@gmail.com
+27 (0) 76 555 4711

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Okuhle and Awonke with African Angels Founder, Lou
Okuhle and Awonke with African Angels Founder, Lou

This week is a big week for our graduates from African Angels, who left us as the first graduating class in 2017 and entered high school in 2018. This year they are finishing their final year of high school, and are matriculants.

Okuhle and Awonke, two boys from our first graduating class, started at Lilyfontein in 2018, and are now preparing for their final exams.

On Wednesday night it was the Lilyfontein Prizegiving, and Okuhle was awarded a number of prizes, including:

Most Promising U19 Rugby Player
Winner Home Language English Award
School Award for Perseverance.
Johnson Floating Trophy for Sporting, Academic, Pastoral and Cultural Pursuits

Okuhle is a particularly determined and hardworking student and these awards are a testament to that.

In South Africa, each school has a Valedictory Assembly. Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the Lilyfontein School Valedictory with the mothers of the boys, and their in-country sponsors and supporters. As their final school assembly, it was a moving and humbling experience, as we see our boys finish their 15 years of schooling.

We could not be prouder of both and it has taken a village, including Okuhle's Dutch based sponsor, Sally, Jeroen and Sabine.

It is 'first' moments like these that really bring home how powerful the foundational education the boys received at African Angels is. Okuhle plans to study high school teaching in 2023, and Awonke plans to study IT. On completion, both boys will be the first members of their families to complete a tertiary degree.

We are thankful for the support of our principal donor, Mercedes Benz South Africa, who share our passion for education, and people like you that are the lifeblood of our organisation.  We are proud of how far our graduates have come and how far they will go.  

We are grateful to be able to change the future lives of children in Chintsa East, South Africa.

Thank you!
Lou

Lou Billett
+27 (0) 76 555 4711
loukbillett@gmail.com

Okuhle and Awonke with their proud mothers.
Okuhle and Awonke with their proud mothers.
Okuhle and his many prizes from Prizegiving.
Okuhle and his many prizes from Prizegiving.

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Our proud African Angels on Heritage Day 2022
Our proud African Angels on Heritage Day 2022

Our September  newsletter is out now - read our message of thanks and an update on all the wonderful things happening at African Angels.  We are grateful to have your support, and privileged to do the work we do, changing the futures of children in Chintsa East, every single day.

If the newsletter didn't hit your inbox please click here to read it.

If you would like to sign up to receive our monthly news please enter your details at the bottom of the September newsletter.

We are so grateful for your support every month, and please know we are working hard to ensure our African Angels will have the best chance for a better future.

Thank you,

Lou

Lou Billett
Chairperson, African Angels Trust
+27 (0) 76 555 4711
loukbillett@gmail.com
www.sponsoranangel.org

Bashful girls in their Heritage Day outfits
Bashful girls in their Heritage Day outfits
Look at our boys in their fine Heritage outfits!
Look at our boys in their fine Heritage outfits!
Nervous high school scholarship candidates
Nervous high school scholarship candidates

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We don't know what their secret was!
We don't know what their secret was!

And suddenly it is the end of July 2022, and we are heading into August! The rate this year has flown past is quite unbelievable! We feel busier than ever and am sure you do too!

Thank you for being part of our Global Angels Family. Without your support we would never be able to provide the children of Chintsa East with a life changing education at the African Angels Independent School; employment at our African Angels Days for Girls Enterprise; free uncapped wifi at the Chintsa East Community Learning Centre, thanks to Herotel; and fantastic Early Childhood Education at Ikhwezilomso Educare.

African Angels employees 30 local residents on a full time and permanent basis, and around 5 more local residents on a casual (part time) basis. We educate 156 kids at the African Angels Independent School, and 49 of our graduates are in high school with the oldest heading for university/further education next year

2022 is our 10th anniversary of opening our school. Ten years of remarkable education changing the futures for our children.

We are so grateful for your ongoing support, advocacy and being part of our community.

The link to our July newsletter is here

With gratitude,

Lou Billett
+27 76 555 4711
African Angels Chairperson

Our brightly painted (and repainted) classrooms
Our brightly painted (and repainted) classrooms
Our Mercedes Benz South Africa partners
Our Mercedes Benz South Africa partners
Friends at school
Friends at school

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Location: East London, Eastern Cape - South Africa
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East London, Eastern Cape South Africa
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