Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa

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Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
Help us educate 142 African Angels in South Africa
The beautiful Chintsa beach, South Africa.
The beautiful Chintsa beach, South Africa.

Every year we hold an annual fundraiser - the 2020 African Angels Beach Walk. Mostly, it's a walk for our local community and our kids, and it's always a lovely, relaxed and fun morning, walking along our magnificent unspoilt beach +/- 5 kilometres. This year we decided to add a theme - and so we had the Proudly South African theme.

It's important to us that the kids are proud of themselves, their community, and of being South African. Building self and nation pride is one way to build a better future for us all. Building pride costs nothing, but gives children so much more when faced with so many hurdles in life, like ours are.


This year a number of our sponsors and supporters joined the walk, and our local equipment hire company Talisman Hire was the main sponsor, and the owners walked with their families. Whilst it's meant to be a walk, there is always fierce competition between the kids to make it a race (of course) and the first boy in this year was a fine example of persistence and resilience. Anahko has always been in the top five, but this year he was determined to be the first boy in - and he was. For the first time we had one of our dads, Likke, who has two girls at African Angels, come in first.

Best friends Dominique and Neve ran in as co-first girls and shared their first prize goody bag. Temie, a mom of Sandisile who is in grade 4, was the first woman home.


We are proud to be nation building through education in South Africa, and giving some of the most disadvantaged children in South Africa hope for a better future.

Thank you for being part of our global family and choosing to invest in African Angels.


With love from the Angels, all the way from South Africa.

First three boys home
First three boys home
Some of our moms who attended the walk in support.
Some of our moms who attended the walk in support.
Helping those who are smaller.
Helping those who are smaller.
First man and first boy home.
First man and first boy home.

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Since African Angels started the African Angels Independent School in 2012, we have had three classes leave primary school for high school.

In 2020 we will have 23 graduates attending 12 different high schools, including some incredible schools like the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in Johannesburg.

In the December holidays we gathered our graduates together to discuss what legacy they were planning to leave their community, and what the collective group of graduates were going to be called. After much discussion and laughter, the group decided learners who graduate from African Angels were now Guardian Angels, and their slogan (in the local language Xhosa) would be iimbewu ezinekamva eliqaqambileyo, which, loosely translated, means 'seeds planted for the future.'

We believe at African Angels that by providing a quality primary school education at the African Angels Independent School, we are preparing learners to be successful in high school. For children who come from a background of poverty, there are many support structures missing, and it is even more important, as they navigate the world of high school, that they remain supported. In 2020 we have appointed a youth officer to support our learners in high school, and help them work their way through the upcoming challenges - big and small.

In South Africa today only 1 in 14 children who start high school graduate. Of the 14 children who do graduate to university, only 1 in 6 complete university.

Our aim is to see every African Angel finish high school, and as many as possible enter university or further education, and to successfully gain employment - first prize in South Africa.

Thank you for supporting our work. Please consider joining our Facebook fan page https://www.facebook.com/africanangelsfamily/

Please donate today through our GlobalGiving page to support our work.

We wish you a safe and happy 2020.

Thank you, Lou Chairperson, African Angels

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It is incredibly heartwarming to have folk from other parts of the world fund raise for African Angels. It is even more exciting when we receive word that children are fund raising for our Angels. Today's newsletter is about the 6 Bakers, who got together in September this year, in Switzerland, FAR from South Africa, and baked for the Angels at entrpreneur's day at their school.  Noah, who has only heard about the Angels from his friends Zara and Zane who visited us with their parents in 2018.  On the 19th of September after much hard work preparing signs, and of course, baking, the 6 Bakers sold baked goods at school and raised a spectacular R11 768.62 which is the salary for one of our teacher for a month!

We are very grateful for the support of the 6 Bakers, and love that they work so hard to give back to help us as we educate disadvantaged children who live in Chintsa in South Africa.

We hope more children across the world, supported by their parents, will fund raise for others less fortunate.

With gratitude,

Lou

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Growing Better Men
To combat the growing trend of fatherlessness and gender based violence in South Africa, we have started Siyanqoba (we are victorious) - a long term mentoring programme, in partnership with The Character Company  for  all boys who attend African Angels.  Boys meet with their mentor every week, and discuss five key values, respect, self discipline, honesty, courage and kindness that underpin the programme. The Character Company, and Siyanqoba's aim  is to help to change South Africa's current culture of violence and abuse through an initiative for boys helping them to grow into good men by instilling honorable values.

Every term our learners have an outing.  This term some of our grades went to the local Python Park.  And it is here they explored the concept of courage.

Courage.  To face your fears and conquer them.  Our kids are terrified of snakes.  Generations of rumour and stories have made them fearful.  However, the local Python Park has been the outing of choice this term, and we have seen many learners face their fears and conquer them. Courage is one of the five values that underpin our youth mentoring programme.

For children who live in environments that are dystunctional on so many levels, learning to face your fears and conquer them is essential.

Thank you for helping us educate and grow fine South African citizens.

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Lou Billett at the Award
Lou Billett at the Award

Lou Billett, the co-founder of African Angels, was named the 2019 Social Entrepreneur of the Year on Saturday 29 July at the prestigious East London Business Women’s Awards ceremony in East London. 

Lou leads an incredible team of teachers and support staff at the African Angels Independent School, who deliver quality education to over 130 disadvantaged children from Chintsa, day in and day out.  Your support of African Angels is acknowledged by this important award, and whilst it does not provide monetary gain for African Angels, the recognition of the work being done at African Angels is just as important.

Thank you for being part of our global African Angels family, that allows us to change the lives of children in Chintsa East, and give hope to parents that their children's futures will be better.

"Put very simply, hope is the firm belief that things will be better in the future than they are now.... Hope is a doing word." (Kim van Kets, 2019)

We believe that our children's futures will be better than they are now because of the education they receive at the school.  Hope IS a doing word.  We are privileged to work every day so that our parents, and children, can have hope.

 

Lou and donor CEO of Mercedes Benz South Africa
Lou and donor CEO of Mercedes Benz South Africa
Lou and Angels's Teachers Tish and Farai
Lou and Angels's Teachers Tish and Farai

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