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
A delighted Linako and her teacher, Sharon
A delighted Linako and her teacher, Sharon

Every year our girls sit the entrance examination for acceptance into the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The girls must be in Grade 7 (13 years old) and be from a disadvantaged background.  Being accepted into OWLAG has been a goal of ours since starting the school in 2012.  The subsequent recruitment is rigorous and thorough, as the school takes only the brightest girls from across South Africa, from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are delighted to announce that Linako, a grade 7 learner at African Angels, has been accepted into OWLAG for 2019.  We are over the moon for Linako and the opportunities a fantastic high school education will open up for her.  

Linako has attended African Angels since 2012.  Thank you for supporting African Angels, that has seen her receive a quality education, that has enabled her to succeed in her quest to attend the Oprah School!

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Recreating their 1000s charts in a class comp.
Recreating their 1000s charts in a class comp.

As we anxiously await the arrival of Viwe, our newly appointed Grade 3 teacher in Term 4, who is relocating from Johannesburg with her daughter Yanga, I thought it would be foolish to try and find a substitute teacher for just one term, and rather than have a teacher change for a term, and then a teacher change for the last term, I could teach Grade 3's.  In South Africa, Grade 3's are 9-10 year olds.  We have a class of 18 of them.  Who I love dearly, but I had no idea they had super powers.  

For the first 5 weeks I had a wonderful student teacher, Val Blattler from Switzerland, who had convinced her university that she could do her practical teaching in South Africa at African Angels.  Val was wonderful, and opened the class each morning for the first 30 minutes of the day. I spent the holidays preparing lessons, and sorting our resources, compiling workbooks and getting school maintenance done.  I was prepared - or so I thought!

Our grade 3 class has 18 children in it.  Like all classes they vary in ability, personality and home situations.  Every teacher wants to do their best for their children, but nobody tells you that children have an inate ability to absorb every bit of energy you have so that you are completely and utterly exhausted at the end of every day. I started eating the reward treats in the afternoons to get some energy.  I've run two restaurants and I've never been so tired. Hats off to teachers who teach day in and day out - you all deserve every single holiday you get.

I loved my time in Grade 3.  I'm not sure the kids loved having me as their teacher as much. I'm a hard taskmaster - very firm but very fair.  Sibanye told me he 'wasn't going to miss me at all'.  There were no miraculous improvements overnight - obviously my magic wand wasn't working. :)  But there is something very special when you show children something for the first time - we studied volcanoes and the kids saw videos of volcanoes erupting; Pam another volunteer made one with them and they grasped the concept that lava is melted rock once they could see it creeping down the side of a hill.  Olona wanted to know what happened to the sharks if it fell on top of them into the ocean.  Those light bulb moments and enquiring minds are very special.

The kids at African Angels live in pretty compromised situations- most have no running water or indoor plumbing in their homes; many have no electricity; there is no garbage collection in their township.  All are financially disadvantaged; many are partial or full orphans, and all are exposed to dysfunctional social situations like alcohol and drug abuse.  I know all of this, but I still had reality check moments.  I was marking English one night after school and I had asked the kids to pick five of their spelling words and make a sentence with them.  One of the spelling words was ground.  The sentence the learner made was 'I poo on the ground.'  Reality check 101 right there. We have flushing, clean toilets at school, with toilet paper.  Like many in her township, this little girl has no runing water at home, no indoor toilet, there are no public toilets, so she, and many others, are relegated to using the ground as their toilet.  

Attending African Angels means that all the kids in my class, and all those at school, will have the primary school education to access better employment and educational opportunities in the future.  Not all will fly as high as Indie, our first high school bursary recipient to a fantastic girls' high school, but all will emerge able to chart their futures and access opportunity, because they have a solid educational grounding.  Largely thanks to you, our donors and supporters.  Thank you!

Peer to peer learning
Peer to peer learning
Excited boys about their soccer ball donation
Excited boys about their soccer ball donation
Kids receiving donated jerseys from Jumbo Clothing
Kids receiving donated jerseys from Jumbo Clothing

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Sunday 19 August 2018:  African Angels held a Sand Castle Building Competition on the beautiful Chintsa Beach as part of the local Jikeleza Festival.  Learners and their families from African Angels, their teachers and local community members joined in to spend two hours creating their sandcastle masterpiece.  Great fun was had by all the children and R1200 was raised for the school.  Learners worked in teams to make their creation!  Local business donated wonderful prizes and UK based Debbie Burnett had the hard task of judging the sculputres.  Fortunately everyone managed to win a prize on the day.

A wonderful community event!

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Ahlumile and Buck
Ahlumile and Buck

Welcome to the June 2018 report from the children at the African Angels Independent School in South Africa. Learner competition- African Angels and their pets As part of our work to reinforce our school rule “be kind to animals”, we ran a competition for parents to send in pictures of their children with their pets. The response was fantastic and these are a few of our children with their obviously loved pets.


African Angels Art continues to be exhibited across the world.  These works were purchased in the US as part of the Art for African Angels exhibition.  We are grateful to Julia S for driving this initiative in the US.

Shanti M (pictured) has been appointed as one of our Sponsor Communication Officers.  Shanti is  a parent at the school – her daugher Aminathi is in Grade R, and Shanti lives close by to the school on a neighbouring farm.  Shanti is reponsible to update sponsors on the progress of their sponsored Angel. We are hoping to improve our rentention of sponsors and attract new sponsors by better communication.

Siyafunda After School reading has continued in Term 1 and 2 with our reading mentors, supported by some volunteers like Barbara. After school reading has been well attended by the children of Chintsa East Public School. Picture: Barbara M volunteer at Siyafunda, with a Chintsa East learner.

Stichting Werelgwijs, long term supporters of African Angels, having previously funded science equipment, IXL subscription and Google Chromebooks, have decided to sponsor three Angels for the next 12 months.  We are delighted they have decided to continue their support of African Angels for the third consecutive year. (Pictured are Esona, Iminathi and Salizwa).

The 2018 Wild Women on the Run raised R102 200 for African Angels this year.  This will allow another young girl to be the recipient of a full primary school bursary. Aminathi (Pictured) is the 2018 holder of the Wild Women on the Run Bursary.  (Pictured Left to right, Lou African Angels Chair, Kim Wild Women on the Run organiser, Shanti , mother of bursary older Aminathi, Aminathi 2018 bursary holder, Jan Wild Womeon on the Run).

Mandela Day falls on Wednesday 18 July 2018 and we will be hosting a number of activities at African Angels that employees are invited to attend and get involved. Similar to the picture below we will be making a large South African Flag from hand prints at the school. School is open for the first time in three years and we are excited that the children will be participating in activities with Mandela Day volunteers.

African Angels Trust is 10 years old this year.  We would like to thank you for contributing to nation building in South Africa through education!   We have a long way to go, but with our global village behind us we will get there!

Stay tuned for our next newsletter where we outline our plans for African Angels High School.

Onikwa and her puppy
Onikwa and her puppy
African Angels art purchased in the US
African Angels art purchased in the US
Mikhulu and Pappa
Mikhulu and Pappa
Barbara M and her young learner at Siyafunda
Barbara M and her young learner at Siyafunda
Angels sponsored by Stichting Werelgwijs
Angels sponsored by Stichting Werelgwijs
Wild Women On the Run hand over their 2018 cheque
Wild Women On the Run hand over their 2018 cheque
Celebrate Madiba's 100th birthday with us.
Celebrate Madiba's 100th birthday with us.

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Shanti SCO 2018
Shanti SCO 2018

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” Kahlil Gibran

African Angels has over 40 generous sponsors of children at the African Angels Independent School.  These generous individuals partner with parents to reduce the financial burden of paying school fees. With the average salary of parents at the school being less than USD$220 per month, financial support is sorely needed.  

To make sure that sponsors are kept updated, we have employed two young women and one young man from Chintsa to update our sponsors.  In addition to gaining writing and computer skills, these fantastic folk will also earn a small daily wage.  For two of them, this is the only income they earn.

 

"My name is Shanti the biological mother of Aminathi who is in grade R at African Angels.  I am a single mother who is very keen and interested in education as it empowers people to be the absolute best in their personal and professional level.  I conceived Aminathi at my teenage stage but that did not hinder me from finishing my matric and I passed, now I am looking at finishing my studies... I am a very energetic person, I have good communication and listening skills, I am a hard worker who aspires to be the Best and excel in all that I do. I am greatful that my daughter will be getting  a good a education as that will open a lot of opportunities for her in the future.  I want to also grow and learn more, and maybe one day open up a foundation that is going to help young girls to to boost their confidence, get the right contacts to get into universities. I love helping people it is in my nature, I am also a blunt person who loves to explore new things, I am also an adventurous person." 
"My name name is Tina ,I was born in 1994 May 12.  I am a very energetic and sporty person and I like music alot,most of all I enjoy being with kids they give me joy.  I studied at Chintsa East Public School for my primary and went to Byletts High School studied from grade 8 until grade 12. Unfortunately I was not bleach to carry on to varsity level due to financial difficulties. I am now working at Crawfords Beach Lodge as a receptionist and I am enjoying every minute of it, I am learning new things every day, however I do wish to be a flight attendant one day."
"My name is Masibulele , i am a 19 year old guy who has dreams my first ever dream was to become an actor, but growing up on an underprivillaged home i was forced to have realistic dreams like being a police,doctor,nurse or a teacher. I am now currently studying at ICollege doing IT support my short term goal is to have a paying job my long term goal is to be an editor of a magazine in New york. "
We welcome Shanti, Tina and Masi.
It costs just USD$610 to cover school fees and transport for a year for one child at African Angels.  Help a child break the cycle of poverty through education.  
Thank you for being part of the African Angels Family.
Tina
Tina
Masi SCO 2018
Masi SCO 2018

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Location: East London, Eastern Cape - South Africa
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