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
Grade 1 Heritage Day 2017
Grade 1 Heritage Day 2017

Why does African Angels matter?

Poverty touches every aspect of a child’s life.  In South Africa the educational system, with low-quality education for poor children as a legacy of apartheid, is one of the key mechanisms through which an unequal society replicates itself.

The low quality of education for poorer learners helps drive a cycle of poverty where children inherit their parents‘ social standing, irrespective of the own abilities or effort. 

Low-quality education eventually becomes a poverty trap for  poor children in South Africa, which make up 75 to 80 percent of learners.  

The 2016 PIRLS results were released finding that 8 out of every 10 South African Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning.  Yes.  You read correctly.  8 out of 10 children cannot read for meaning. This is not a typographical error.

Where 75% - 80% of learners in the country are relegated to low quality education, because they cannot afford quality, the cycle of poverty continues.

Children who cannot read, cannot grow into adults who participate in a democracy.

African Angels is a dynamic non-profit organisation who run a school - the African Angels Independent School. We believe that providing quality education to financially disadvantaged children is the most effective way to drive social and economic change in South Africa.

African Angels  steps in as the only chance for socioeconomically disadvantaged children in the rural Chintsa region in the Eastern Cape, to access  quality primary school education.

For themselves. For their families.  For South Africa.

Your support of African Angels gives our children a future.  Thank you.

School founder Lou  with Grade 6 students
School founder Lou with Grade 6 students
Learners practicing reading to other learners.
Learners practicing reading to other learners.
Children are loved and adored at school.
Children are loved and adored at school.
Past Angels can win bursaries to fine high schools
Past Angels can win bursaries to fine high schools


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Our Favourite Night of the Year.

African Angels Independent School - Prize Giving Concert Monday 4 December 2017

The African Angels Independent School annual prizegiving and concert is one of our favourite nights of the year. It is a happy event, where over 200 parents, relatives, supporters and guests come to share in the achievements of the children who attend the school.

The children are all excited to receive their awards (academic, sport and behaviour) and there is always much excitement when the Angel of the Year is announced.

This year sees our first Grade 7 class leave us for high school and so it is bound to be a very emotional night.

If you'd like to find out more about this special event click on the link below.


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Happy Heritage Day to South Africa from the Angels!

Student Scholarship Programme - High School Bursaries

Our grade six learners sat for the entrance exams for the Student Scholarship Programme on Saturday 16 September, where they were competing for 2019 Grade 8 high school bursaries with over 100 other hopeful candidates!  High school bursaries are like hens' teeth (rare). Wishing our Nopinkie, Eyam, Dom, Luvuyo and Linako the best of luck. 

Local Hero Award

Lou Billett our Chairperson, received a Local Hero Award this month.  Sponsored by the Daily Dispatch and Johnson and Johnson we are now in the running for the finals!  We find out at the gala dinner on 19 October.  Holding thumbs!  

Volunteer at African Angels

It is wonderful to have Debbie and Chris sat the school for three weeks until the end of term two, sharing their vast teaching experience with us.

Thank you to Chris and Debbie for not only giving of three weeks of their time, but also for forgoing farewell gifts in lieu of donations. A huge thanks to those from Lymm High School and Cheadle Catholic Junior School who donated so generously! We are overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness. 

African Angels Parent Representatives

African Angels has amazing parents.  Meet Nokupumla and Nomakwezi - our parent representatives on our Board.  Nokupumla is the mother of Awonke in Grade 7 and is the Grade R teacher at Chintsa East Primary School.  Nomakwezi is mom to Alizwa and is a house manager for African Heartland Journeys and Volunteer Africa.  Both these ladies are super important to make sure our parents' views are heard.


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The amazing Penny is at it again!  Harcourts invites you to ride the 72 km Kwelera to Kei Mouth with our team on 25 November 2017, to raise awareness and funds for the African Angels Independent School.

Recycling Workshop

African Angels sponsored Singakwenza, a non profit who teaches parents how to make toys from waste materials, to Chintsa in August.  The parents who attended really enjoyed their session!

Chintsa East  has been fortunate to have Marlene and her Buckaroo team, in conjunction with the SPCA, visiting Chintsa recently.  Over 90 dogs have been spayed, many kennels provided and kilos of cat and dog food donated.  Thank you to Marlene, Buckaroo and the SPCA East London.

110 kids attend African Angels 40 kids, or 36% of all students have their school fees sponsored. We have 8 monthly donors who contribute on a recurring basis to the Angels - a 37% increase since the beginning of September. Our operating budget is R2.4m per annum. 82% is spent on our teachers' salaries, who educate, love and care for our kids.

African Angels Beach Walk

Saturday 21 October 2017 - Join African Angels on their annual Chintsa East to Chefani and return beach walk. 
The walk starts (and ends) at the Chintsa East beach carpark at 8.30am.   Registration is on the day from 7.30am. R20 per person with all proceeds being donated to African Angels Independent School. Come join the Angels on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! 

We are loving our kids' natural hair styles.

Grade 1 loved their outing to the Lion Park this term.

A huge thank you to Selborne Primary for collecting glue sticks for the Angels, saving us 1000's of randelas!

Our next art work into the mail as part of our GlobalGiving Visual Arts Arts campaign to thank our donors! Ahlumile is so proud! Her favourite food is ... carrots!!!

The incredible Wild Women on the Run held their trivia night on Saturday to raise funds for the Angels and Bus Fare babies. We are so grateful for this long standing partnership. #wildwomenontherun


Grade 7 went to the Belgravia Art Centre art exhibition this month where some of their work was entered.. thanks to Lynne for mounting and hanging their work!

All our individual sponsors of our kids.
Donations in Kind
Hudson Primary School
Selborne Primary School
Selborne Primary school parents (glue sticks)
Lilyfontein Primary School
Maclears Stationers 


About African AngelsAfrican Angels Independent School is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, through providing quality primary school education for some of the most disadvantaged children in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Our mission is to provide a quality primary school education for children who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Our vision is to see each child reach their full potential,  and grow into fine South African citizens.
The school was established in 2012 and has over 100 learners aged 6 – 14 years. 

We provide a well-rounded education; creating an environment that is conducive to learning;  supporting our vision that every child reaches their full potential.

Our children live in two nearby townships, and on surrounding farms just outside East London in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.   All the children come from circumstances where they experience significant  socioeconomic disadvantage. We partner with parents in the education of their child.   Our parents are active members of the school community.
“A person is a person because of people.”
 African Angels is a registered non profit organisation, with tax deductible status under Section 18(a) of the Income Tax Act in South Africa.


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Petro Taljaard, Baso Mthembu, Zandie Rwaxa Makaula from Aurecon at African Angels paying it forward on a past Mandela Day.  

Join African Angels for Mandela Day 2017 in South Africa!

Come and give your 67 minutes this Mandela Day (18 July) with African Angels as they undertake their most ambitious Mandela Day ever! Two different Chintsa East locations with varying volunteering tasks, and a colouring in compo!

We are inviting individuals, companies and business, schools and families to pay it forward with the Angels on the 2017 Mandela Day.      

African Angels, a local non profit organisation, works in the East Coast Resorts area, just outside East London, and is committed to providing quality primary school education via the African Angels Independent School.  

New to 2017, the Angels, and their partners are installing a community located, container based, computer hub and book exchange smack bang in middle of the Chintsa East village dubbed the Chintsa East Community Learning Centre.

For schools we are also running our popular Mandela Day Colouring in competition again.

African Angels Independent School 9am - 2pm

Bring your friends and family to the African Angels Independent School and help with the following indoor activities. Hostel painting (indoor / max 10 ppl).  Sorting donations and books(indoor / max 6ppl).  Computer maintenance (indoor / max 2 ppl).  Tiling 3 shower floors, erecting shower curtain rails (indoor / max 6 ppl).

Chintsa East Community Learning Centre 7am - 2pm

Flip the switch at the HUB in Chintsa East Township. Join community members to ...  Sort and shelve over 2000 reading books (indoor / max 10 ppl).  Dig and plantthe succulent garden (outdoor / max 20 ppl).  Paint the containers(outdoor / max 10 ppl).  Roof construction and building a bottle brick wall can be done prior to Mandela Day.

Colouring In Comp.  Entries close Mon 15 August.

Have your class colour in for Mandela Day! Download our Mandela Day colouring in compo, decide on the entry fee and go wild.The Angels love RED twisties and crayons. Please ask for a red twistie or crayon with the colouring entry fee.

Are you interested?

Please contact us to participate, or make a donation through the Global Giving site for materials that can be used on the day.

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African Angels

Location: East London, Eastern Cape - South Africa
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @angels_african
Project Leader:
Lou Billett
East London, Eastern Cape South Africa
$158,735 raised of $250,000 goal
1,354 donations
$91,265 to go
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