Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town

by Children's Helpers Worldwide
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Chantel, Grade 3, at the workshop
Chantel, Grade 3, at the workshop

Thank you for supporting science and robotics workshops, run by ORT SA CAPE, for disadvantaged children in Cape Town. Your support is making a real difference.

A three-day workshop was held for children from Seawind Educare and the Thope Foundation. Seawind Educare is one of CHW's partner organisations in Cape Town and we are glad to have been able to link them with ORT SA CAPE. The Principal of the Educare, Rita, does work in the wider community too, and organised a group of children to come from Lavender Hill for two of the days. The children from the Thope Foundation came from the township, Khayelitsha. All the children come from deprived areas.

Janet at ORT SA CAPE gave the following updates from the workshop. The children were aged seven to fourteen. The seven- to ten-year-olds focussed on the actual building blocks of robotics, including gears and axles, and they then applied this information as they built robots. The facilitators guided them in building robotic spinners and dancing birds.

The group of eleven- to fourteen-year-olds worked with the more complex robotics system, Mindstorms. They did various programming exercises, to understand basic programming functionality. They were also shown how the robots react with the various sensors that are in the kit, including the light and sound sensors.

One girl, Chantel, was part of the group from Lavender Hill. She is in Grade 3. She very much enjoyed building a lego robot and learning how to programme it with a laptop. She said “I loved building robots. I wish I can do this every day. Thank you so much!” 

Food is also provided by ORT SA CAPE and Chantel enjoyed her snack.

Rita, the Principal of Seawind Educare wrote to thank everyone who made the workshop possible, saying:

"Gang wars have been going on for sometime now in the Lavender Hill and surrounding areas and I am glad I could take [the children] out for the two days, out of the guns and drugs war.  They have learn so much and enjoy building the Robots.

...This workshop had a great impact on their lives.  Some said 'I want to invent these types of Robots.'

They have never seen this kind of workshop before. It opens up their minds to what they wants to become when they finish their schooling. It has been an exciting two days for these kids from Lavender Hill.  We are so grateful for these workshops,  they would never have been able to afford coming on their own. A big thank you  to all the people involved for making this possible. We have more than a grateful heart."

A massive thank you to you for supporting this project for the children!
A facilitator working with Chantel
A facilitator working with Chantel
Chantel building a robot
Chantel building a robot
Chantel and a friend, enjoying their snack
Chantel and a friend, enjoying their snack
Concentrating on building a robot
Concentrating on building a robot
Some of the older children working on their robots
Some of the older children working on their robots
Thank You!
Thank You!
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Denzil with the Lego robot he built and programmed
Denzil with the Lego robot he built and programmed

Thank you very much for sponsoring places for disadvantaged children in Cape Town to attend ORT SA CAPE's science and robotics workshops. We are grateful for your amazing support.

We are very happy to have been able to link one of our other partner organisations in Cape Town, Seawind Educare, with ORT SA CAPE. Rita, the Principal of Seawind Educare, works with the wider community too. She brought together. and accompanied a group of children, to participate in one of ORT SA CAPE's three-day workshops. These children were part of a group from the Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA), which looks after communities in very impoverished areas where there is massive unemployment and high levels of crime.

Janet at ORT SA CAPE gave us the following updates from the workshop. The workshop took place at the Cape Town Science Centre. The children were between the ages of six and twelve years old. The children used kits to build robots using technological design principles, which help to develop critical thinking, reading and listening skills and hand-eye coordination.

One boy, Denzil, who is in Grade 3, very much enjoyed building and programming a lego robot. He became absorbed by this task and was very proud with the end result! Another boy, Wadeley, who is in Grade 4 also really enjoyed programming a lego robot and concentrated hard when building his robot.

Janet wrote that through donations like yours, ORT SA CAPE is able to reach more children and give them multiple opportunities to learn.

Rita wrote to say thank you after the workshop, saying:

"...The knowledge that [the children] gained was the highlight of the workshop.  If these kids that come from poor areas can have such workshops in the future, it will make choosing their careers so much easier. Seeing their handiwork move [the robots], was amazing.

To every sponsor who had a hand in sponsoring our kids from CAFDA we, as the CAFDA group, extend our gratitude, because nobody really thinks about kids who cannot afford the science centre, but all of you as sponsors made it possible for us to attend the workshop..."

A huge thank you to each of you who contributed to this project and made it all possible for these children! 

If you would like to continue supporting these children, GlobalGiving UK will be launching its Christmas campaign on 29 November (which is #GivingTuesday - a global day of celebrating giving and doing good). Donations of up to £600 will be matched by 50%, whilst matching funds last. The campaign begins at 00.01 GMT on 29 November. If you want to make a contribution, it is best to make a donation as soon as possible on 29 November, as matching funds usually run out very quickly! Please be sure to use the link to our UK project page: www.globalgiving.co.uk/21813. The three organisations which raise the most funds between 29 November and 31 December will receive bonus funds from GlobalGiving UK. If you share our project page or make a donation, during this period, your help will be going extra far for disadvantaged children in Cape Town!
 
Thank you again to each of you who is making a difference for these children!
Denzil building his Lego robot
Denzil building his Lego robot
Denzil programming his Lego robot
Denzil programming his Lego robot
Wadeley working hard to build a robot
Wadeley working hard to build a robot
Wadeley programming his Lego robot
Wadeley programming his Lego robot
Wadeley working on his Lego robot
Wadeley working on his Lego robot
Rita with the children during lunchtime
Rita with the children during lunchtime
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Matshaya and friend at a Robotics competition
Matshaya and friend at a Robotics competition

We are very grateful for your support for the children at ORT SA CAPE's programmes in South Africa. This is allowing children from poor communities in Cape Town to learn about science and technology.

With your help, CHW was able to fund three robotics kits. These are LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits and they will be used during ORT SA CAPE's science and robotics workshops which are held during the school holidays, and at the Science Club (an After School Programme) at Hector Peterson Secondary School. Debbie at ORT SA CAPE sent us the following details.

Hector Peterson Secondary School is located in Wallacedene, a very poor township in Kraaifontein about 35km from Cape Town. The Science Club meets regularly and ORT SA CAPE provides the computers and robotics kits. The Club also holds sessions at the Cape Town Science Centre, where ORT SA CAPE is located, and there, the children can meet with pupils from other Clubs and practice for robotics competitions.

Eric is the facilitator for the Science Club at Hector Peterson Secondary School. He attended this school himself and was part of the Science Club, and went on to run it, whilst he was still a pupil there. This had such an impact on him that he is now part of the team at ORT SA CAPE.

Matshaya is one of the pupils at the school. He is currently in Grade 12 and he has been doing robotics with ORT SA CAPE since 2012. He now helps younger pupils as they learn robotics. Thandi has recently joined the Club and is the first female pupil from this school to join.

Thank you so much for your wonderful support for these children. Your support for ORT SA CAPE's programmes, through CHW, is allowing these children to gain exposure to science and technology and they would not usually have such an opportunity. Thank you for making a difference in their lives.

 

(We do not have permission to show the faces of some of the children at the school science club.)

Eric (in the white shirt) in 2009 whilst at school
Eric (in the white shirt) in 2009 whilst at school
Eric, now a facilitator, with Debbie and Lydia
Eric, now a facilitator, with Debbie and Lydia
Matshaya programming a robot
Matshaya programming a robot
Matshaya training Thandi and another pupil
Matshaya training Thandi and another pupil
One of the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kits
One of the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kits
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Anathi concentrating during robotics
Anathi concentrating during robotics

Thank you very much for supporting science and robotics workshops run by ORT SA CAPE in South Africa. This has been making a big difference for disadvantaged children from around Cape Town.

Two workshops were recently held, and these were sponsored by you through GlobalGiving UK! Debbie from ORT SA CAPE has sent photos and updates. The first workshop was a three-day science and robotics workshop for children from the organisation, iThemba-laBantu, which is based in the township of Philippi.

One boy, Anathi, very much enjoyed learning how to build robots, with both Lego and LittleBits kits. A girl, Phozisa, also really liked building robots. The children are very focused when they do robotics and one of the girls, Anita, worked with such deep concentration whilst building her robot. The children all enjoyed the workshop and they did some lovely thank you drawings.

The second workshop was an electronics workshop for an all-girls group from the township of Khayelitsha, via the Thope Foundation. This workshop took place in ORT SA CAPE's classroom in the Cape Town Science Centre. The girls learned to build computers through Kano Computing. Two of the girls, Bongi* and Zizwe* particularly enjoyed building computers. Bongi and her friend, Thandi*, also liked using LittleBits kits to build robots.

A further workshop is planned to take place at the end of June for the children from Seawind Educare. This is one of CHW's partner organisations and we are very happy to have been able to link them with ORT SA CAPE. This will be the second workshop ORT SA CAPE has run for Seawind Educare.

Thank you for helping to make all this possible!

On 15 June, GlobalGiving will be holding a Bonus Day. CHW's founder, Catherine, recently completed GlobalGiving's Online Fundraising Academy and as part of this, CHW has been challenged to raise $1000 (£685) during the Bonus Day. This amount would go a long way towards sponsoring a whole 3-day workshop for 30 children. The really great thing about the Bonus Day is that GlobalGiving will be matching donations by up to 50%, whilst their bonus funds last, so this would help your donation to go even further. The Bonus Day starts at 2pm UK time (3pm South African time) and ends on 16 June at 5 am UK time (6 am South African time). If you are able to help, it would be wonderful if you could share this link to the project on the day: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/21813 or even make a donation. If you want to contribute, don't forget to donate as soon as possible once the Bonus Day starts, as the bonus funds can quickly run out!

A huge thank you for all your help and support for these children.

* Names have been changed

Anathi and a friend working with LittleBits
Anathi and a friend working with LittleBits
Phozisa and her friend working with LittleBits
Phozisa and her friend working with LittleBits
Anita concentrating whilst building a robot
Anita concentrating whilst building a robot
A thank you drawing for CHW's supporters!
A thank you drawing for CHW's supporters!
A thank you drawing for CHW's supporters!
A thank you drawing for CHW's supporters!
Bongi* learning how to build a Kano computer
Bongi* learning how to build a Kano computer
Zizwe* building a Kano computer
Zizwe* building a Kano computer
Thandi* and Bongi* working with LittleBits
Thandi* and Bongi* working with LittleBits

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Euston concentrating during the 6 Bricks Activity
Euston concentrating during the 6 Bricks Activity

Thank you so much for helping to inspire an interest in science in disadvantaged children in Cape Town! Your support for the science and robotics workshops, run by ORT SA CAPE in South Africa, has been making a big difference.

All of us at Children's Helpers Worldwide (CHW) are grateful to each of you for the donations we have been receiving through our project page on GlobalGiving UK. Since launching our page, during the Little By Little campaign in late October, two sponsored workshops have taken place. Thank you for making this happen!

You can read about the first sponsored workshop, for the children at Rooikappie Pre-School Centre, in our previous report. The link is below. This report is about the second workshop, which took place in January, for children from Seawind Educare. CHW linked with Seawind Educare a few years ago. Seawind runs three creches for children from the townships and Cape Flats - the most disadvantaged areas of Cape Town. We were glad to make this link between Seawind Educare and ORT SA CAPE.

Twenty children, aged five and six, attended the workshop run by ORT SA CAPE at the Cape Town Science Centre. They did various activities, including watching a science show, having a science lesson about animals, drawing, building simple LEGO robots, having story time and doing special '6 Bricks' activities with LEGO pieces.

Two of the girls, Hope and Melody, very much enjoyed the 6 Bricks activities and one little boy, Euston, concentrated hard during the 6 Bricks activities and also enjoyed having lunch at the Science Centre!

The mobile app, Elbi, also ran a project in time for this workshop. People participated from around the world and drew numbers, so the children could do a counting activity. The children drew thank you pictures and you can see in the photo below, one little girl, Andrey, is proudly showing off a number drawn by someone on Elbi, as well as her own drawing. The teachers from Seawind Educare took the numbers with them, so they could use them in their classrooms, for matching numbers activities

Rita, the Principal of Seawind Educare, said that the children really learned a lot at the workshop and she is very happy that CHW could make this link with ORT SA CAPE.

Thank you so much for supporting ORT SA CAPE's workshop. This was a wonderful experience, and a great introduction to science, for the children at Seawind Educare.

ORT SA CAPE will be holding further science and robotics workshops later in March and in June and September.

---
Make Double the Difference!
If you are interested in continuing to support science and robotics workshops for disadvantaged children in Cape Town, we want to let you know that GlobalGiving UK is holding a bonus day, starting on 16 March at 1pm GMT (3pm in South Africa) and ending on 17 March at 3.59 am GMT. GlobalGiving UK has matching funds of £10,000 to give away. GlobalGiving UK will look at the total raised by all the participating organisations on the day and will then divide the £10,000 up into percentages. So, if one organisation raises 10% of the total funding on the bonus day, they will receive 10% of the £10,000. Put more simply, the more CHW is able to raise during the given time frame, the more chance we will have of getting a larger portion of the matching funds, in addition to your donations, and this will really help the children!

If you would like to help, please share our project page on social media during the bonus day or even make a contribution, after 1pm GMT (3pm in South Africa) on 16 March.

---

Thank you for helping disadvantaged children gain exposure to science through supporting ORT SA CAPE's workshops.

Hope and Melody doing the 6 Bricks Activity
Hope and Melody doing the 6 Bricks Activity
Hope and Melody enjoying learning
Hope and Melody enjoying learning
Story time
Story time
Euston enjoying his lunch
Euston enjoying his lunch
Andrey with her drawing from Elbi
Andrey with her drawing from Elbi
Science lesson about animals
Science lesson about animals
Learning at the Science Centre
Learning at the Science Centre

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Children's Helpers Worldwide

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @CHWchildren
Project Leader:
Catherine Franks
London, London United Kingdom
$16,244 raised of $20,000 goal
 
250 donations
$3,756 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Children's Helpers Worldwide has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.