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 programming his Lego robot
Wadeley working hard to build a robot
Wadeley programming his Lego robot
Wadeley working on his Lego robot
Rita with the children during lunchtime