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

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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Hlumela helping to unload the food
Hlumela helping to unload the food

African Angels is based in Nelson Mandela's home province, the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  The children who attend our school are of Xhosa background, as was Nelson Mandela.  

Nelson Mandela was known by many names, one of the wonderful nuances about living in South Africa.

Nelson - the name given to him on his first day at school by his teacher, Miss Mdingane. 

At the time it was customary to give African children English names, as a legacy of the colonial days in which the rulers could not often pronounce African names. No one knows why Miss Mdingane chose the name Nelson, although Mandela suggested in his autobiography that he was given the name Nelson after the British sea captain Lord Nelson.

Rolihlahla - his birth name, given to him by his father. In his native language of Xhosa it means “pulling the branch of a tree”, but colloquially it means “troublemaker”.

Mandela - his family surname.

Madiba - the name of the clan of which Mandela is a member. A clan name is much more important than a surname as it refers to the ancestor from which a person is descended. Madiba was the name of a Thembu chief who ruled in the Transkei in the 18th century. It is considered very polite to use someone’s clan name.

Tata - in Xhosa, the language of the Madiba tribe, the word means “father”, but it is a term of endearment given to him by many South Africans regardless of their age.

Dalibhunga – the name he was given aged 16, after undergoing Xhosa initiation. It means “creator or founder of the council”. The correct use of this name when greeting Mandela was “Aaah! Dalibhunga”.

Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. The Mandela Day campaign message is: ... In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formally declared 18 July to be "Nelson Mandela International Day". (Wikipedia 2019)

African Angels was supported by a local campaign run by MHG Property Consultants, called Tins for Tummies.  It is hard for children to learn if they are hungry, and many of our learners do not get enough to eat on a daily basis.  African Angels provide a hot meal in the middle of each day for each child, and MHG, together with Lilyfontein School, Vincent Park Shopping Centre, Crossways SPAR and St Christophers collected tinned and non-perishable food that was donated on Mandela Day.

It takes a village to raise a child.  This Mandela Day we saw a village come together to feed our children.

We are especially grateful to Natelie of MHG Properties who initiated and drove the Tins for Tummies campaign.

The enormous amount of food donated.
The enormous amount of food donated.
Enthusiastic learners helping to unload the food.
Enthusiastic learners helping to unload the food.
Nelson Mandela. Father of the Nation.
Nelson Mandela. Father of the Nation.

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Lou Billett, African Angels Founder
Lou Billett, African Angels Founder

Lou Billett, the founder of African Angels, has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 East London Business Women's Association 'Business Woman of the Year Awards'. Lou is one of 3 finalists in the Social Entrepreneur category, and the will be announced at the annual awards gala dinner on Saturday 27th July.

Lou started African Angels in 2008, to disrupt the inequality that exists in South Africa, to access quality education, between those who can afford it, and those who cannot and establishing the African Angels Independent School in 2012 made this vision very real.

Lou is a particularly tenacious person, and as we all know education is a long term commitment. Lou’s tenaciousness will see African Angels go from strength to strength, seeing more children able to break out of the cycle of poverty they were born into by receiving a quality education.

African Angels continues to grow because of your support.  Changing lives and restoring hope to children in Chintsa would not be possible without you as part of our Global Family.

Thank you. 

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African Angels

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